The Hindu Editorial (Exploiting a pandemic) – Apr 23, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Exploiting a pandemic) – Apr 23, 2020

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Exploiting a pandemic) – Apr 23, 2020:

  1. exploit (verb) – take advantage of, make use of, utilize.
  2. 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.
  3. immigration (noun) – the act of leaving one’s countries and moving to another country of which they are not natives, nor citizens, to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens, or to take-up employment as a migrant worker or temporarily as a foreign worker.
  4. executive order (noun) – an indisputable/unquestionable order issued by the government (or by the president).
  5. in light of (phrase) – considering, taking into account, bearing/keeping in mind.
  6. halt (verb) – cease, stop, terminate, discontinue.
  7. H-1B visa (noun) – it permits a foreign professional (with a (min. 4 years) university degree or its equivalent) to work in specialty occupations (or skilled employments) in the United States (issued for a max of 6 years in total).
  8. H-2B visa (noun) – it permits a foreign worker to come temporarily to the United States and perform temporary/seasonal non agricultural services (issued for a max of 2 years).
  9. seasonal (adjective) – relating to a particular season of the year.
  10. hospitality jobs (noun) – customer service jobs (positions) at hotels, restaurants, events, and other areas of the tourism industry.
  11. carve out (phrasal verb) – to take a part/section of something from a whole (with difficulty/effort).
  12. seek (verb) – ask for, request, appeal for, petition for.  
  13. beg the question (phrase) – raise a point; invite question.
  14. mitigate (verb) – reduce, lessen, decrease, make less severe.
  15. accompanying (adjective) – occurring, happening, taking place (at the same time).
  16. diversionary (adjective) – aimed to distract attention from something more important.
  17. shore up (phrasal verb) – support, assist, prop up (something from falling/declining).
  18. flag (verb) – fade, fail, decline, diminish, decrease, lessen.
  19. political capital (noun) – the trust, good will and social influence that you have built with individuals; it also means the power that popularity confers on a politician.
  20. in the wake of (phrase) – as a result of, in the aftermath of, as a consequence of.
  21. considerably (adverb) – greatly, significantly, substantially.
  22. coronavirus (CoV) (noun) – a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. (Courtesy: WHO)
  23. toll (noun) – number, count, sum total (of deaths/casualties).
  24. soar (verb) – escalate, rise rapidly.
  25. outnumber (verb) – to have more numbers than (something).
  26. due to (phrase) – because of, owing to, caused by.
  27. cessation (noun) – suspension, stopping, halting/ceasing.
  28. in the face of (phrase) – when confronted with.
  29. salvo (noun) – attack, aggressive act, assault.
  30. bolster (verb) – fortify, support, reinforce/buttress.
  31. comprehensive strategy (noun) – a plan to achieve larger, wide-ranging goals (under conditions of uncertainty).
  32. pivot (verb) – depend, hinge, centre on.
  33. signature (adjective) – distinctive, unique, individual, trademark.
  34. animate (verb) – vitalize, revive/energize, encourage/inspire.
  35. core-constituent (adjective) – relating to a group of people supporting a particular political party, ideology, etc,.
  36. blue -collar workers (noun) – it describes people who do manual work. Workers who work in a factory, for example, who wear a uniform. (Courtesy: BBC Learning English)
  37. white-collar workers (noun) – people who work in offices, doing administration or managerial tasks – clerks for example – were referred to as white-collar workers. (Courtesy: BBC Learning English)
  38. red state (noun) – it 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.
  39. bumbling (adjective) – incompetent, amateurish, unskilful.
  40. reckless (adjective) – careless, thoughtless, incautious/heedless.
  41. prematurely (adverb) – too soon, too early, before the usual time.
  42. cost (noun) – sacrifice, loss.
  43. strident (adjective) – in an excessively forceful way; high-pitched, loud & harsh.  
  44. rhetoric (noun) – bombast, loftiness, hyperbole/extravagant language.
  45. exacerbate (verb) – make worse, worsen, aggravate, compound.


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