The Hindu Editorial (A royal mess) – Feb 18, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (A royal mess) – Feb 18, 2020

It cannot possibly get messier than this. The telecom industry is in turmoil unable to pay up its dues as per the Supreme Court… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (A royal mess) – Feb 18, 2020.

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Today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (A royal mess) – Feb 18, 2020:

  1. royal (adjective) – big, huge, total/utter.
  2. turmoil (noun) – trouble, chaos, disorder, disruption.
  3. pragmatism (noun) – expediency, realism, taking advantage/common sense.
  4. prudence (noun) – cautiousness, carefulness, good judgement/management.
  5. messier (comparative adjective) of messy (adjective) – (of a situation/condition) chaotic, confused, disorganized, difficult to deal with.
  6. pay up (phrasal verb) – make payment in full, pay in full, settle up, meet one’s obligations.
  7. aghast (adjective) – horrified, stunned, shocked, dismayed/concerned/upset.
  8. comply with (verb) – abide by, adhere to, conform to.
  9. be torn between (verb) – be in a state of confusion between two contrasting options.
  10. uphold (verb) – confirm, endorse/approve, vindicate/validate.
  11. sanctity (noun) – ultimate importance, inviolability; righteousness, goodness.
  12. go under (phrasal verb) – be closed, go bankrupt, become insolvent.
  13. honour (verb) – fulfil, follow, obey; implement, perform, execute.
  14. face (verb) – encounter, experience, confront.
  15. wrath (noun) – anger/fury, indignation, discontentment.
  16. seek (verb) – ask for, request, appeal for.
  17. in no mood to (phrase) – not willing to do something.
  18. humour (verb) – adapt, accommodate, go along with, comply with.
  19. plea (noun) – appeal, petition, request.
  20. indeed (adverb) – in fact, actually, undeniably.
  21. predicament (noun) – difficulty, issue, problematic situation.
  22. material (adjective) – significant, major, important.
  23. litigate (verb) – dispute, take issue with, take a stand against (in a lawsuit).
  24. obviate (verb) – avoid, prevent, eliminate.
  25. at the very least (phrase) – to put it mildly, without any exaggeration, taking pessimistic view.
  26. ought to (modal verb) – must, should.
  27. liability (noun) – (financial) obligation, debt, arrears/dues; accountability, responsibility.
  28. balance sheet (noun) – a statement that shows the financial condition of a company at a particular point in time.
  29. contingency (noun) – planning, prearrangement, precautionary measures/steps (for a possible event or circumstance).
  30. pay the price (phrase) – experience bad/unpleasant result of something that you have done.
  31. blow (noun) – setback, upset, misfortune.
  32. fatal (noun) – destructive, disastrous, crippling, catastrophic.
  33. shut shop (phrase) – stop doing business permanently.
  34. duopoly (noun) – it is used to describe any market where two firms dominate.
  35. attendant (adjective) – connected, associated, related.
  36. consequence (noun) – outcome, ramification, repercussion.
  37. cascading reaction/effect (noun) – an inevitable and sometimes unforeseen chain of events due to an act affecting a system.
  38. bankrupt (adjective) – relating to an individual or organisation who is declared as bankrupt by the court when the party (individual/organisation) can no longer meet debt payments to creditors.
  39. non-performing assets (NPAs) (noun) – bad loans, troubled accounts, stressed loans; an account where principal and/or interest remains overdue for a period of time.
  40. spectrum (noun) – range, gamut; it here refers to a range of radio-waves that are used for communication purposes.
  41. disrespect (verb) – disregard, neglect, ignore.
  42. staggered (adjective) – spaced out, spread out, timed at intervals (of payments/dues as they don’t happen at the same time).
  43. in conjunction (phrase) – cooperatively, together, jointly.
  44. get/have someone on your side (phrase) – used to say that you have an advantage that increases your chances of success.
  45. need of the hour (phrase) – some need/requirement/demand at a particular point of time.
  46. lace (with) (verb) – give a quality/feature; fortify, strengthen.
  47. clean up (phrasal verb) – restore, fix, overhaul/revamp.


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