The Hindu Editorial (A test of governance) – Feb 26, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (A test of governance) – Feb 26, 2020

Communal violence in parts of Delhi, an earshot away from the nerve centre of the government of India,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (A test of governance) – Feb 26, 2020.

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Today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (A test of governance) – Feb 26, 2020:

  1. clamp down on (phrasal verb) – prevent, stop, put an end to; keep under control.
  2. earshot (adjective) – hearing distance.
  3. nerve centre (adjective) – centre of activity, focal point, hub/heart.
  4. mob (noun) – a large, disorganized, and often violent crowd of people
  5. wield (verb) – use, put to use, employ, handle
  6. take over (phrasal verb) – gain control of, take charge of, take command of.
  7. woefully (adverb) – very badly; deplorably, sadly/regrettably.
  8. at best (phrase) – simply, merely, only, nothing but.
  9. outrageously (adverb) – shockingly, excessively, appallingly.
  10. partisan (adjective) – biased, prejudiced, one-sided.
  11. at worst (phrase) – considering someone under the most unfortunate/negative way possible.
  12. erupt (verb) – break out, start suddenly, flare up.
  13. in the making (phrase) – burgeoning, coming, growing, developing.
  14. arson (noun) – setting fire intentionally to damage/destroy public properties, particularly buildings.
  15. indiscriminately (adverb) – aimlessly, unsystematically; carelessly.
  16. unleash (verb) – let loose, release, set free.
  17. passively (adverb) – submissively, unassertively, unresistingly/unassumingly.
  18. smoldering (adjective) – fuming, expressing, showing (great anger).
  19. conflagration (noun) – a large and destructive crisis (fire).
  20. take on (phrasal verb) – compete against, oppose, challenge/confront, fight.
  21. chaos (noun) – disorder, turmoil, mayhem/disruption.
  22. inexplicably (adverb) – in a way something can not be accountable/explainable/understandable.
  23. characterise (verb) – identify, specify, describe.
  24. inaction (noun) – inactivity, negligence, disregard.
  25. inefficiency (noun) – incapability, inability, failure, carelessness.
  26. incitement (noun) – inducement, motivation, provocation.
  27. consent (noun) – permission, authorization, approval.
  28. mobilisation (noun) – the act of bringing people/resources together for a particular cause.
  29. rung (noun) – level, rank, position/grade.
  30. on cue (phrase) – if something happens on cue, it happens after someone said that it would happen; at the signal/indication/hint of someone.
  31. cauldron (noun) – unstable situation, uncertainty (with emotions).
  32. conspiracy (noun) – unlawful plan, intrigue, collaboration/deception.
  33. beside the point (phrase) – irrelevant, pointless, unimportant.
  34. unfailing (adjective) – immeasurable, incalculable, inestimable; constant/steadfast.
  35. shallow (adjective) – insubstantial, superficial, insignificant, empty, trivial.
  36. under someone’s nose (phrase) – (of an action) done without fear and openly.
  37. collusion (noun) – conspiracy, intrigue, secret understanding, collaboration.
  38. whatever it takes (phrase) – anything, extreme measures it takes to achieve something.


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