The Hindu Editorial (Challenger’s challenge) – Feb 25, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Challenger’s challenge) – Feb 25, 2020

President Donald Trump may be enjoying the optics and bilateral bonhomie on his maiden official visit to India,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Challenger’s challenge) – Feb 25, 2020.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Challenger’s challenge) – Feb 25, 2020:

  1. widen (verb) – increase, develop, augment, enlarge.
  2. compromise (verb) – undermine, weaken, damage.
  3. optics (noun) – (typically in a political situation) the way in which an event is recognized by the public.
  4. bilateral (adjective) – involving two groups or countries.
  5. bonhomie (noun) – friendliness, warmth, geniality/affability.
  6. maiden (adjective) – first, initial, inaugural.
  7. back home (phrase) – in one’s country/hometown.
  8. the clock is ticking (phrase) – time is running out; time is passing quickly.
  9. train one’s guns on (phrase) – it (figuratively) means to give close, possibly hostile, attention to something; targeting someone/something.
  10. for some time now (phrase) – for a (long enough) period of time.
  11. precede (verb) – begin, come/go before, usher in, pave the way for.
  12. blistering (adjective) – intense, strong, fierce.
  13. stand out from the pack (phrase) – to be different from other people; distinct, noticeable, unique.
  14. drop out (phrasal verb) – withdraw from, give up, cancel.
  15. herd (noun) – group, crowd, the people.
  16. winnow (verb) – remove (people from a group to reduce its size and to have only the best people left in that group).
  17. primary (noun) – (in the US) an election in which members of the same political party run against each other for the chance to be in a larger and more important election, especially presidential election.
  18. caucus (noun) – (in the US) a party-organized gathering of members to discuss their presidential preferences, elect local party leadership and discuss issues that make up the party’s platform. A closed meeting of supporters or members of a specific political party or movement. It is also defined as hours-long voting meeting run by a political party.
  19. edge (noun) – advantage, lead, head start.
  20. strident (adjective) – in an excessively forceful way; high-pitched, loud & harsh.  
  21. critic (noun) – fault-finder, detractor, censurer.
  22. self-professed (adjective) – avowed; acknowledged oneself.
  23. socialist (noun) – leftist, left-winger.
  24. pull away from (phrasal verb) – withdraw, leave, pull out of.
  25. perhaps (adverb) – maybepossibly.
  26. toe-to-toe (adjective) – (of two people) fighting with each other very strongly/determinedly in a close and direct confrontation (competition).
  27. askance (adverb) – suspiciously, distrustfully, doubtfully.
  28. mainstream (adjective) – accepted/established/recognized something by most people as a normal/conventional.
  29. ethos (noun) – ethics/beliefs, principles, standards.
  30. mettle (noun) – spirit, strength of character, nerve/determination.
  31. take on (phrasal verb) – compete against, oppose, challenge/confront.
  32. excesses (noun) – uncontrolled/unrestricted behaviour.
  33. lean on (phrasal verb) – compel, put pressure on, force; depend on, rely on.
  34. trait (noun) – characteristic, attribute, feature.
  35. apparent (adjective) – noticeable, recognizable, evident/obvious.
  36. indeed (adverb) – in fact, actually, undeniably.
  37. tap into (verb) – draw on, exploit, make use of, use/utilize.
  38. surmount (verb) – overcome, triumph over, get over (a difficulty or obstacle).
  39. deepen (verb) – increase, intensify, escalate.
  40. ethnicity (noun) – a category of people who identify with each other based on common language, ancestral, social, cultural, or national experiences.
  41. considerably (adverb) – greatly, significantly, substantially.
  42. corner (verb) – take over, control, dominate.
  43. delegate (noun) – a representative/member of a committee.
  44. up for grabs (phrase) – available, obtainable, unengaged.
  45. hopeful (noun) – a person who likely to succeed.
  46. even the score (phrase) – to get enough scores/points/wins as one’s opponent.
  47. moderate (verb) – decrease, control, reduce.
  48. dogmatic (adjective) – insistent, adamant, uncompromising/unyielding, inflexible/rigid.
  49. ideological (adjective) – relating to a system of ideas.
  50. leave out (phrasal verb) – fail to include, not to include, omit/exclude.
  51. reach out (phrasal verb) – contact someone to obtain/offer help/assistance/cooperation.


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