The Hindu Editorial (Best-laid plans) – Apr 24, 2018

The Hindu Editorial (Best-laid plans) – Apr 24, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did not take many by surprise last week when he called presidential and parliamentary elections in June, more than a year ahead of schedule. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Best-laid plans) – Apr 24, 2018.

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Today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Best-laid plans) – Apr 24, 2018.  

  1. consolidate (verb) – strengthen, secure, reinforce/fortify.
  2. snap (adjective) – spontaneous, unarranged, unplanned.
  3. take someone by surprise (phrase) –  surprise, shock, stun.
  4. lurch (noun) – a sudden uncontrolled movement.
  5. right-wing (adjective) – alt-right, conservative, rightist (section of a political system).
  6. authoritarianism (noun) – autocracy, fascism, totalitarianism/draconianism. 
  7. referendum (noun) – public vote; a direct vote in which people cast ballots to decide on a specific issue or policy (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  8. pull off (phrasal verb) – achieve, succeed in, accomplish.
  9. slender (adjective) – modest, slight, scant/little.
  10. plebiscite (noun) – public vote, ballot, popular vote.
  11. detention (noun) – custody, restraint, arrest.
  12. sagging (adjective) – declining, becoming weak.
  13. overheat (verb) –  to show noticeable inflation.
  14. inflation (noun) – increase of price level of goods & services & vice versa decrease of currency value.
  15. wary (noun) – cautious, careful, alert.
  16. avert (verb) – prevent, stop, avoid.
  17. run-off (noun) – election again after a tie or inconclusive result.
  18. prelude (noun) – preliminary, preparation, overture/opening.
  19. hard line (noun) – uncompromising & strict attachment/commitment to a policy.
  20. notwithstanding (adverb) – nevertheless, nonetheless, in spite of that.
  21. emblematic (adjective) – symbolic, representative, demonstrative.
  22. tap into (verb) – exploit, use/utilize, make use of.
  23. insurgency movement (noun) – rebellion, revolt, uprising.
  24. militia (noun) – armed forces, military unit, soldiery (from the civil population to support main forces).
  25. shrunk (past participle of shrink) (verb) – lessen, reduce, decrease.
  26. imposition (noun) – implementation, execution, enforcement.
  27. crackdown (verb) – clampdown, getting tough/severe measures, suppression.
  28. coup (noun) – seizure of power, takeover, revolt.
  29. creeping (adjective) – (of a negative manner) occurring, developing gradually.
  30. intolerance (noun) – bigotry, narrow-mindedness; prejudice/discrimination.
  31. dissent (noun) – disagreement, lack of agreement, difference of opinion/argument.
  32. salvage (verb) – protect, preserve, conserve.

Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Best-laid plans) – Apr 24, 2018.

The Hindu Editorial (Best-laid plans) - Apr 24, 2018


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