The Hindu Editorial (Immigration conundrum) – Mar 18, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Immigration conundrum) – Mar 18, 2021

It is unlikely that President Joe Biden ever imagined that it would be a cakewalk to undo some of the most damaging policies implemented by his predecessor Donald Trump,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Immigration conundrum) – Mar 18, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (Immigration conundrum) – Mar 18, 2021:

  1. 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.
  2. conundrum (noun) – problem, difficulty, quandary/dilemma.
  3. diversity (noun) – existence/presence of different people (from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives ranging from race to age to gender to hometown to educational experience) within the group; variety, variance, difference.
  4. migration (noun) – the movement of people within the borders of the same country or across international borders in order to find work or better living conditions.
  5. American Dream (noun) – The set of ideals – which includes notions of individual rights, freedom, democracy, and equality – is arguably centered around the belief that each individual has the right and freedom to seek prosperity and happiness, regardless of where or into what circumstances they were born.
  6. vision (noun) – concept, notion, idea; dream.
  7. premise on (verb) – base something on.
  8. unlikely (adjective) – doubtful, implausible, improbable, questionable.
  9. cakewalk (noun) – easy task/job, child’s play, walkover.
  10. undo (verb) – cancel, reverse, revoke, nullify, invalidate.
  11. predecessor (noun) – previous holder of the post; forerunner, precursor, antecedent.
  12. anticipate (verb) – expect, foresee, predict.
  13. thorny (adjective) – problematic, tricky, delicate, controversial.
  14. spiral (verb) – increase/rise rapidly, leap up, escalate.
  15. full-blown (adjective) – fully developed, full-scale, full-blooded, fully-fledged, complete, thorough.
  16. unprecedented (adjective) – not done or experienced before.
  17. surge (noun) – sudden increase or rise of something.
  18. unaccompanied (adjective) – alone, unescorted, unattended; isolated, separated.
  19. comprehensive (adjective) – all-inclusive, complete, thorough, full, detailed.
  20. front and centre (phrase) – in the front line; in the most prominent position.
  21. spike (noun) – a sharp rise/increase of something.
  22. wear thin (phrase) – (feeling, explanation, activity &, etc.) to become weaker; to become less effective; to become out-of-date or less popular; to become less convincing; to become less acceptable (gradually).
  23. federal (adjective) – relating to a system of government in which establishments such as states or provinces share power with a national government.
  24. strike a note (phrase) – express/communicate, call/bring to mind, cite.
  25. grim (adjective) – distressing, upsetting, worrying, unpleasant, dismal, awful.
  26. encounter (verb) – experience, come up against, come across, be faced with.
  27. 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.
  28. take down (phrasal verb) – remove, dismantle, demolish.
  29. summarily (adverb) – immediately, instantly, straight away.
  30. turn away (phrasal verb) – repel, reject, rebuff, send away.
  31. asylum (noun) – protection provided by a foreign country to somebody who is unable or unwilling to return to their home country due to fear of persecution (harm, harassment or oppression).
  32. in a sense (phrase) – partly; in some way(s); in a way, somewhat.
  33. mounting (adjective) – increasing, growing, rising, escalating.
  34. sweeping (adjective) – overwhelming, decisive, thorough, complete, total, unconditional, unlimited, unrestricted.
  35. unveil (verb) – present, disclose, make public.
  36. as well as (phrase) – and also, and in addition.
  37. Congress (noun) – legislative assembly, parliament; The United States Congress is the bicameral (two chambers) legislature of the federal government of the United States, and consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  38. resistance (noun) – opposition, refusal, denial.
  39. measure (noun) – action, step, procedure.
  40. grant (noun) – issuing, allocation, allotment.
  41. Dreamer/DREAMer (noun) – an undocumented immigrant who entered the U.S. as a child.
  42. under way (phrase) – in progress, happening, occurring, taking place.
  43. redress (verb) – rectify, correct, put right, set right, compensate.
  44. ills (noun) – problems, troubles, difficulties.
  45. erect (verb) – create, establish, form/set up.
  46. 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).
  47. potentially (adverb) – likely, may be, possibly, probably.
  48. green card (noun) – it is officially known as a “Permanent Resident Card” and it allows a person to live and work permanently in the United States.
  49. broader comparative adjective of broad (adjective) – comprehensive, inclusive, extensive, wide-ranging.
  50. omnibus (adjective) – the Latin word literally meaning “for all”; consisting of several parts/items.
  51. legislation (noun) – a body of laws, rules, regulations, statutes.
  52. undocumented (adjective) – not having the proper legal document.
  53. patrol (noun) – vigil, guard, watch, monitoring.
  54. vocal (adjective) – vociferous, outspoken, forthright; relating to someone who expresses his/her views frankly.
  55. take on (phrasal verb) – oppose, challenge, confront.
  56. humane (adjective) – compassionate, considerate, sympathetic, kind-hearted.
  57. intractable (adjective) – unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable.
  58. wrestle (verb) – grapple, fight, struggle/battle.
  59. inception (noun) – setting up, origination, establishment, institution, foundation/formation.
  60. inclusivist (adjective) – relating to a theory of inclusivism that steers a middle course by agreeing with exclusivism that one religion has the most value while also agreeing with a pluralism that others still have significant religious value.
  61. embrace (verb) – welcome, accept, adapt.
  62. battle cry (noun) – slogan, motto, watchword, catchphrase, catchword.
  63. nativist (adjective) – relating to the political policy of promoting the interests of native inhabitants against those of immigrants.
  64. populism (noun) – policies that supposedly represent the opinions of ordinary people (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  65. carry the day (phrase) – win, accomplish, gain, secure, effect.


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