The Hindu Editorial (Chasing peace) – Mar 20, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Chasing peace) – Mar 20, 2021

The peace conference hosted by Russia in Moscow between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives is the latest example of growing international concern about the future of Afghanistan… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Chasing peace) – Mar 20, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (Chasing peace) – Mar 20, 2021:

  1. chase (verb) – try to obtain, seek to attain/achieve something.
  2. have/get one’s (own) way (phrase) – to get or do what one desires despite objection from others.
  3. growing (adjective) – increasing.
  4. pullout (noun) – departure, withdrawal, retreat, disengagement, exit.
  5. breakthrough (noun) – very important/significant development or progress.
  6. Doha Agreement (noun) – The Doha Agreement, more formally, “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognised by the US as a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America, 2020” was signed on the February 29 in Doha, Qatar. The deal was considered a historic step towards establishing peace in Afghanistan.
  7. stall (verb) – obstruct, block, interrupt, stop, halt, restrict.
  8. jump-start (verb) – to help/support something (which is dull at present) to improve quickly; energize, motivate, stimulate, inspire, galvanize.
  9. call for (phrasal verb) – require, publicly ask/necessitate, demand.
  10. multilateral (adjective) – involving many different countries/parties/organizations.
  11. multifaceted (adjective) – diverse, different, various (features/aspects).
  12. actor (noun) – participants (in an action).
  13. spillover (noun) – repercussion, consequence, outcome (unexpected one).
  14. consensus (noun) – an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group, agreement, concurrence.
  15. stabilise (verb) – reinforce, fortify, strengthen, make stronger.
  16. withdraw (verb) – retreat, disengage, pull out, pull back, leave.
  17. strategy (noun) – plan of action (in order to achieve a more expansive set of political, economic, and security interests).
  18. accord (noun) – agreement, settlement, deal, consensus.
  19. offensive (noun) – attack, assault, onslaught, incursion.
  20. stalemate (noun) – deadlock, impasse, standstill/stand-off.
  21. dilemma (noun) – quandary, predicament, difficulty.
  22. certainly (adverb) – surely, definitely, unquestionably.
  23. pull back (phrasal verb) – withdraw, retreat, disengage, pull out.
  24. trigger (verb) – cause, prompt, set off, bring about.
  25. put together (phrasal verb) – organize, arrange, sort out.
  26. buy time (phrase) – delay, linger, be slow, hold back, lag behind.
  27. seek (verb) – try, attempt, aim to obtain; ask for, demand.
  28. lasting (adjective) – long-lasting, continuing, long-term, permanent.
  29. on board (phrase) – on to a team.
  30. flip side (noun) – other side.
  31. diplomatic (adjective) – (delicate & sensitive) consular, foreign-policy.
  32. push (noun) – effort, initiative, drive, campaign.
  33. stakeholder (noun) – a person with an interest in something.
  34. play a part/role (phrase) – contribute to, be instrumental in, be a factor in.
  35. compromise (noun) – agreement, understanding, settlement.
  36. jihadist (noun) – an Islamic extremist.
  37. reign (noun) – rule, period in office, incumbency, leadership.
  38. notorious (adjective) – infamous, of ill repute, ill-famed.
  39. extremism (noun) – radicalism, fanaticism, dogmatism.
  40. suppression (noun) – repression, clampdown, restriction, defeat.
  41. on the cusp of (phrase) – a point where something will change from one state to another.
  42. extract (verb) – obtain, get, take.


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