The Hindu Editorial (A battle in the same vein) – Mar 17, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (A battle in the same vein) – Mar 17, 2021

Tamil Nadu, which has seen tumultuous political changes in the last five years, is set for one more round of a familiar battle in the Assembly election on April 6. Its two principal parties,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (A battle in the same vein) – Mar 17, 2021.

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  1. in the same vein (phrase) – in the same style; of similar kind.
  2. manifesto (noun) – a publication issued by a political party before a General Election. It contains the set of policies that the party stands for and would wish to implement if elected to govern; (policy) statement, declaration, pronouncement.
  3. freebie (noun) – a thing that is provided without charge; giveaway, handout.
  4. tumultuous (adjective) – stormy, turbulent, volatile; roller-coaster, out of control, confused, unrestrained.
  5. stitch up (phrasal verb) – arrange, organize (a deal/agreement to someone’s benefit).
  6. alliance (noun) – coalition, association, union, partnership.
  7. the lion’s share (phrase) – the most of something, the largest part of something; the greater number of, the main part of, more than half of, the bulk of something.
  8. by and large (phrase) – generally, altogether, all things considered.
  9. ally (noun) – partner, confederate, supporter (in a political alliance).
  10. enthuse (verb) – motivate, spur/stimulate, encourage.
  11. slot (noun) – place, position.
  12. adversary (noun) – rival, enemy, nemesis, opponent.
  13. aggressive (adjective) – assertive, forceful, vigorous.
  14. posture (noun) – position.
  15. content with (verb) – be satisfied, satisfy oneself.
  16. passing (noun) – death, demise, passing away.
  17. be shorn of (phrasal verb) – to have something important removed from you.
  18. charismatic (adjective) – strong in character, full of personality, attractive, appealing, captivating, fascinating.
  19. throw in (phrasal verb) – add, include something (free).
  20. run-up to (noun) – a period of time just before an important event.
  21. pandemic-hit (adjective) – affected by the pandemic.
  22. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  23. subsidy (noun) – also called subvention; a financial contribution granted to help an industry or business, mostly given by a government, in order to keep the price of service/goods at a low level.
  24. debatable (adjective) – controversial, contentious, questionable/arguable.
  25. fiscal (adjective) – financial.
  26. indicator (noun) – measure, index, gauge.
  27. Finance Commission (noun) – It is a Constitutionally mandated body that is at the centre of fiscal federalism. Set up under Article 280 of the Constitution of India, its core responsibility is to evaluate the state of finances of the Union and State Governments, recommend the sharing of taxes between them, lay down the principles determining the distribution of these taxes among States. The first Finance Commission was set up in 1951 and there have been fifteen so far.
  28. Fifteenth Finance Commission (noun) – The Fifteenth Finance Commission was constituted on 27 November 2017 against the backdrop of the abolition of the Planning Commission (as also of the distinction between Plan and non-Plan expenditure) and the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST), which has fundamentally redefined federal fiscal relations. It is constituted to give recommendations for devolution of taxes and other fiscal matters for five fiscal years, commencing 01.04.2020.
  29. plunge (verb) – fall/drop, plummet, tumble, nosedive suddenly & uncontrollably.
  30. ally (noun) – partner, confederate, supporter (in a political alliance).
  31. substantive (adjective) – important, significant, meaningful, considerable.
  32. public health (noun) – the branch of medicine handling public health; public health is also the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities through education, policy making and research for disease and injury prevention.
  33. point out (phrasal verb) – identify, mention, indicate, draw attention to.
  34. prevalence (noun) – it refers to the number of cases of a disease that are present in a particular population at a given time whereas “incidence” refers to the number of new cases that develop in a given period of time.
  35. anaemia (noun) – a decrease in the total amount of red blood cells (RBCs) or hemoglobin in the blood.
  36. address (verb) – tackle, deal with, attend to, try to sort out.
  37. satisfactorily (adverb) – acceptably.
  38. veteran (noun) – (long-serving) expert, seasoned, mature, established/experienced (person in an area of activity).
  39. heterogenous (adjective) – diverse, varied, varying, contrasting, different, differing, divergent, unrelated.
  40. in character (phrase) – usual, typical, normal.
  41. apparently (adverb) – seemingly, evidently, it appears that.
  42. seek (verb) – try, attempt, aim.
  43. don (verb) – put on, dress in, get into.
  44. neo- (prefix) – new.
  45. opinion poll (noun) – a broad term used for any typically public-facing (and often published) survey/poll designed to better understand public opinion.
  46. point to (verb) – indicate, suggest, denote.
  47. likelihood (noun) – probability, chance, possibility.
  48. front (noun) – political group, party, faction/camp.
  49. secure (verb) – obtain, acquire, gain, get.
  50. play catch-up (phrase) – try to match a rival/competitor (in a sport or game or contest).
  51. track record (noun) – previous performance, previous accomplishments, previous achievements.
  52. campaign (noun) – an organized effort which seeks to influence the decision-making progress within a specific group.
  53. devoid of (adjective) – without, free of/free from.
  54. keep at bay (phrase) – prevent someone/something from coming nearer.
  55. thrive on (phrasal verb) – to enjoy something, particularly one that other people find unpleasant; to be successful at something particularly one that other people find difficult.
  56. parochialism (noun) – narrow-mindedness, localism, provincialism.
  57. divisive (adjective) – alienating/isolating, disharmonious, discordant.


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