The Hindu Editorial (Authoritarian turn) – Nov 05, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Authoritarian turn) – Nov 05, 2020

The mammoth task of vote counting is still under way in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, leaving the final outcome uncertain… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Authoritarian turn) – Nov 05, 2020.

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Today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Authoritarian turn) – Nov 05, 2020:

  1. authoritarian (adjective) – oppressive, draconian, undemocratic, dictatorial, totalitarian.
  2. turn (noun) – a change in a situation; circumstance, phenomenon.
  3. in one’s favour (phrase) – to one’s benefit/advantage.
  4. mammoth (adjective) – something which is huge, massive, mighty, colossal.
  5. under way (phrase) – in progress, happening, occurring, taking place.
  6. uncertain (adjective) – unknown, unsettled, undetermined, pending, in the balance; unpredictable.
  7. incumbent (adjective) – current, present, existing (holder/occupant of an office).
  8. solidly (adverb) – firmly, surely, decidedly.
  9. flip (verb) – change, switch, shift, revert, reverse, turn over.
  10. swing State (noun) – it refers to any (U.S) state that could reasonably be won by either the Democratic or Republican presidential candidate by a swing in votes. “Red state” refers to states of the United States whose voters predominantly choose Republican Party (red) presidential candidates where as “blue state” refers to states of the United States whose voters predominantly select Democratic Party (blue) presidential candidates.
  11. The Electoral College (noun) – it is a group of people that elects the president and the vice president of the United States. (The word “college” in this case simply refers to an organized body of people engaged in a common task).
  12. up for grabs (phrase) – available, obtainable, unengaged.
  13. certain (adjective) – sure, very likely.
  14. hold on to (phrasal verb) – have, keep, retain (something in one’s control).
  15. perhaps (adverb) – maybepossibly.
  16. provisionally (adverb) – temporarily, for the time being.
  17. tally (verb) – count, calculate, add up.
  18. consolidate (verb) – strengthen, make stronger, reinforce, fortify.
  19. narrow (adjective) – small, slight, thin, slim; tight, close; meagre.
  20. Rust Belt (noun) – it is a term used to describe areas (north east, mid west & Great Lakes regions) in the US. This term is used to describe these areas where there was an economic decline, urban decay, high rates of poverty, and a drop in population due to deindustrialization during 1970s &1980s.
  21. step back (phrasal verb) – withdraw, disengage, pull out/pull back.
  22. as such (phrase) – in itself, of itself, by itself, intrinsically.
  23. outbreak (noun) – outburst, flaring up, breakout, sudden appearance/occurrence of something.
  24. voter suppression (noun) – a strategy used to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing specific groups of people from voting.
  25. unrest (noun) – disruption, agitation, turmoil, disorder, chaos.
  26. testament (noun) – witness/evidence, proof, testimony.
  27. seek (verb) – try, attempt, aim, strive.
  28. ethnic (adjective) – relating to a population subgroup (cultural, national, traditional/folk) with a common national or cultural tradition.
  29. ironic (adjective) – strange, unexpected, odd, paradoxical.
  30. relatively (adverb) – comparatively, proportionately, somewhat, to a certain extent/degree.
  31. overshadow (verb) – outdo, outclass, outstrip, outshine; dominate, overlook.
  32. distinctly (adverb) – clearly, noticeably, precisely, loud and clear.
  33. surge (noun) – sudden increase, rise, growth.
  34. mail-in voting/ballots (noun) – postal voting; a type of voting in an election where ballot papers/voter slips are distributed to voters to their addresses before Election Day and mailed back by the voters or deposited at a voting location or secure dropbox by a certain time on Election Day.
  35. absentee voting (noun) – a type of voting in an election where voters cast their vote by post, because they can’t physically be present at a voting center on Election Day due to varies reasons ranging from being out of country (for study/job), having disability or illness, serving as an election worker & etc,.
  36. in-person voting (noun) – a type of voting in an election where voters cast their votes/ballots in person in a polling booth on Election Day.
  37. go on to (phrasal verb) – continue, proceed (to do something).
  38. reiterate (verb) – repeat, say again, restate.
  39. vow (noun) – promise, assurance, commitment.
  40. expediently (adverb) – conveniently, applicably, appropriately (to one’s own advantage/benefit).
  41. given (preposition) – considering, taking into account, bearing in mind.
  42. tantamount to (adjective) – equivalent to, comparable to, amounting to, on a par with.
  43. imply (verb) – say indirectly, suggest, indicate.
  44. unprecedented (adjective) – not done or experienced before.
  45. intent (upon) (adjective) – determined, insistent, fixed to do something.
  46. escalate (verb) – increase, rise, intensify, heighten, become more serious.
  47. conservative (adjective) – right-wing, reactionary, traditionalist, ultra-right.
  48. ominous (adjective) – threatening, menacing, unfavourable, unpromising, gloomy.
  49. set a tone (phrase) – to establish a particular quality/attitude (by the method of speaking).


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