The Hindu Editorial (American healing) – Jan 22, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (American healing) – Jan 22, 2021

After one of the most contentious elections and presidential transitions in recent history, it was a relatively scaled-back inauguration ceremony that finally placed 46th President of the U.S. Joe Biden in the Oval Office,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (American healing) – Jan 22, 2021.

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  1. healing (noun) – the process of the restoration (of health).
  2. inauguration (noun) – the formal admission of someone to the office; introduction, formation, beginning (of something).
  3. build on (phrasal verb) – to use something as a base to achieve more development/success, expand on, develop, enhance.
  4. bipartisan (adjective) – involving cooperation between two (opposite & big) political parties.
  5. goodwill (noun) – cooperation, collaboration, friendliness, mutual support.
  6. further (verb) – promote, advance; accelerate, step up; push, encourage.
  7. contentious (adjective) – controversial, disputable, debatable, disputed.
  8. (presidential) transition (noun) – The time between a presidential candidate winning the election and the inauguration ceremony is known as the “transition.” The transition is run by the president-elect’s nonprofit transition team, which is separate from the campaign and has its own staff and budget. The transition marks the beginning of the complex task of a president-elect taking over the administration of the federal government.
  9. relatively (adverb) – comparatively, proportionately, somewhat, to a certain extent/degree.
  10. scaled-back (adjective) – reduced (in size/number/extent).
  11. scale back (phrasal verb) – reduce (in size/number/extent).
  12. Oval office (noun) – the office of the president of the United States, located in the White House, Washington, D.C.
  13. devastating (adjective) – destructive, ruinous, disastrous.
  14. toll (noun) – damage, detriment, adverse effects, undesirable consequences.
  15. 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.
  16. partisan (adjective) – biased, one-sided, discriminatory, factional/sectarian.
  17. rancour (noun) – bitterness, hate, resentment/hostility, hatred.
  18. aftertaste (noun) – remaining taste (an unpleasant one).
  19. Capitol (noun) – In the United States, the Capitol is a building in Washington in which the US Congress meets.
  20. Congress (noun) – legislative assembly, parliament; The United States Congress is the bicameral (two chambers) legislature of the federal government of the United States, and consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  21. flamboyant (adjective) – ostentatious, glamorous, extravagant, showy.
  22. extravaganza (noun) – display, spectacle, show, performance.
  23. reassert (verb) – confirm, reaffirm.
  24. assertion (noun) – statement, claim, proclamation, announcement, attestation, affirmation.
  25. swearing-in (noun) – an official ceremony in which a person is taking oath and admitted into a new official job.
  26. running mate (noun) – the person who runs with someone in an election (such as an election to choose a new president) and who is given the less important position (such as vice president) if they are elected (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  27. descent (noun) – ancestry, parentage, family; origin, background.
  28. hold (verb) – occupy, have (a position/job).
  29. predecessor (noun) – previous holder of the post; forerunner, precursor, antecedent.
  30. nevertheless (noun) – in spite of everything, in spite of that, nonetheless, even so, however.
  31. dais (noun) – platform, stage, podium.
  32. administer (verb) – direct/conduct the taking of (an oath).
  33. oath of office (noun) – an affirmation or solemn (sincere/formal) promise a person takes before assuming the duties of an office, usually a position in government.
  34. bipartisanship (noun) – a political situation that occurs when two opposing parties work together to achieve common goals.
  35. societal (adjective) – relating to society.
  36. vow (verb) – swear, pledge, promise, affirm.
  37. foe (noun) – enemy, adversary, opponent, rival, nemesis.
  38. extremism (noun) – radicalism, fanaticism, dogmatism.
  39. intent (noun) – purpose, intention, objective.
  40. expediently (adverb) – effectively, practically, sensibly, timely, desirably; conveniently, applicably, appropriately.
  41. executive order (noun) – an indisputable/unquestionable order issued by the government (or by the president).
  42. directive (noun) – instruction, direction, command.
  43. Paris Agreement/Accord (noun) – The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention (agreement) and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. The Paris Agreement central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  44. non-citizen (noun) – a person who is not a citizen of a particular country.
  45. census (noun) – an official survey, particularly of a population.
  46. immigrant (noun) – non-native, foreigner, migrant.
  47. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (noun) – it is an executive policy decision that was created during the Obama administration in June of 2012. The goal of DACA was to give some measure of protection to those who came to the U.S. as the children of immigrant parents. DACA was designed to defer deportation of these young undocumented immigrants and to give them authorization to work in the U.S.
  48. Deferred Action (noun) – a kind of temporary relief from deportation.
  49. heightened (adjective) – intensified, increased, enhanced.
  50. deportation (noun) – expulsion, banishment, exile, extradition, expatriation, repatriation.
  51. revoke (verb) – cancel, repeal, reverse, abrogate.
  52. “Remain in Mexico” policy (noun) – A U.S. policy, first announced in December 2018 and implemented January 25, 2019, means asylum seekers arriving at ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border will be returned to Mexico to wait for the duration of their U.S. immigration proceedings. (asylum seeker means refugee or displaced person).
  53. infamous (adjective) – notorious, disreputable, ill-famed.
  54. egregious (adjective) – shocking, horrible/terrible, very bad.
  55. “Muslim ban” (noun) – an executive order Trump signed in 2017 that banned travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the US. (Executive Order 13769, titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, politically labeled as a Muslim Ban).
  56. decisive (adjective) – resolute, firm, strong-minded, determined.
  57. balm (noun) – relief, comfort, ease, consolation, cheer.
  58. go about (phrasal verb) – begin, start, undertake, embark on, get to work on.
  59. legacy (noun) – something received from a predecessor or from the past.
  60. unhinged (adjective) – mentally unbalanced, deranged.
  61. rage (noun) – fury, anger, wrath, outrage, indignation.
  62. seethe (verb) – boil, simmer, bubble; be angry, be furious, be enraged, be incensed.
  63. ostensibly (adverb) – apparently, seemingly, supposedly.
  64. disenchanted (adjective) – disappointed, disillusioned, fed up/dissatisfied.
  65. white privilege (noun) – the societal privilege that benefits white people over non-white people in some societies.
  66. rear one’s head (phrase) – (of an unpleasant subject) present itself.
  67. unsavoury (adjective) – disreputable, unpleasant, disagreeable.
  68. House of Representatives (noun) – the lower house or chamber in some bicameral legislative systems. (for example in the US).
  69. Senate (noun) – the upper house or chamber in some bicameral legislative systems. (for example in the US).
  70. in the grip of (phrase) – in the control of; dominated/controlled by.
  71. give up (verb) – discontinue, renounce, forgo, abandon.
  72. moderation (noun) – self-restraint, self-control, self-discipline, fairness.


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