The Hindu Editorial (In two minds) – May 29, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (In two minds) – May 29, 2021

Not everyone is enthused about the biggest sporting event of the world, due in a couple of months in Tokyo. Less than a fortnight ago,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (In two minds) – May 29, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (In two minds) – May 29, 2021:

  1. in two minds (phrase) – be undecided, be uncertain, be unsure.
  2. International Olympic Committee (IOC) (noun) – Established in on 23 June 1894, the International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC is at the very heart of world sport, supporting every Olympic Movement stakeholder, promoting Olympism worldwide, and overseeing the regular celebration of the Olympic Games.
  3. razor edge (noun) – a critical/dangerous situation.
  4. walk on the razor edge (phrase) – used to describe that someone or something is in a very critical/dangerous situation.
  5. bid (noun) – attempt, effort, endeavour/try.
  6. enthuse (verb) – motivate, inspire, excite, encourage.
  7. due (adjective) – expected, anticipated, scheduled for.
  8. fortnight (noun) – a period of two weeks/fourteen days continuously.
  9. uncertainty (noun) – unpredictability, unreliability, riskiness/precariousness.
  10. loom (verb) – emerge, appear, become visible, take a threatening shape.
  11. diametrically (adverb) – directly, absolutely, completely.
  12. voice (noun) – expression; opinion, view.
  13. 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, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. (Courtesy: WHO)
  14. 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.
  15. rage (verb) – (of a disease) spread very quickly or uncontrollably; be at its height, be uncontrollable; reach a high degree of intensity.
  16. vaccinate (verb) – inoculate, administer, introduce (with a vaccine to provide immunity against a disease).
  17. overwhelm (verb) – overload, overburden, beset, afflict/strain.
  18. grim (adjective) – distressing, upsetting, worrying, unpleasant, dismal/awful.
  19. context (noun) – circumstances, conditions, situation.
  20. emphasise (verb) – draw attention to, put stress on, underscore, highlight.
  21. collective (noun) – combined, united/joint, cooperative (by all people as a group).
  22. resonance (noun) – reverberation, continuing effect, repercussion, ramification.
  23. counter (noun) – an act in opposition to something.
  24. hold firm (phrase) – continue to support something despite opposition.
  25. quadrennial (adjective) – recurring every four years.
  26. showpiece (noun) – masterpiece, classic, blockbuster.
  27. slate (verb) – arrange, plan, schedule.
  28. staggering (adjective) – astonishing, shocking, surprising, mind-blowing, eye-opening.
  29. cannot afford/can ill afford (phrase) – if you cannot afford to do something, you must prevent it from happening because it would be embarrassing and cause problems (if it happens).
  30. strive (verb) – try, attempt, aspire, make every effort.
  31. motto (noun) – slogan, expression, saying/phrase, catchphrase.
  32. brave (verb) – endure, go through, bear, withstand.
  33. shelve (verb) – postpone, put off, delay, defer, reschedule.
  34. cope (verb) – deal with, grapple with, handle/manage.
  35. bloc (noun) – alliance, association, union.
  36. take turns (phrase) – alternate, act in sequence, change/switch.
  37. boycott (verb) – avoid, shun, reject.
  38. vaccination (noun) – treatment with a vaccine to protect against a particular disease; immunization.
  39. drive (noun) – campaign, movement, effort, push.
  40. yearn (verb) – long, desire, want.
  41. normalcy (noun) – a normal condition; normality, regularity.
  42. illusory (adjective) – imaginary, unreal; untrue.
  43. see through (phrasal verb) – fathom, realize, understand.
  44. prism (noun) – a viewpoint that clarifies/distorts something.
  45. benchmark (noun) – standard, base/basis, point of reference.
  46. resurface (verb) – reappear, reemerge, return, recur, come out again, arise again.
  47. protocol (noun) – procedure, convention, system.
  48. fool-proof (adjective) – infallible unfailing/unerring, effective.
  49. measure (noun) – action, step, procedure.
  50. truncated (adjective) – reduced, decreased, diminished; shortened, trimmed, curtailed.
  51. bio-secure bubble (noun) – it is defined as an environment/location sealed off from the outside world. In tennis/cricket, this would mean players, umpires, and support staff being housed at the venue itself.
  52. vulnerable (adjective) – exposed to, prone to, susceptible to, at risk; unsafe, unprotected, ill-protected.
  53. logistical (adjective) – relating to organization and planning of something.
  54. nightmare (noun) – very unpleasant or frightening experience; ordeal, horror, torment.
  55. reluctant (adjective) – unwilling, disinclined, unenthusiastic.
  56. seek (verb) – ask for, request, appeal for.
  57. cite (verb) – refer to, adduce, make reference to, invoke.
  58. strain (noun) – pressure, demands, burdens.
  59. so far (phrase) – until now, up to the present, up to this point.
  60. pessimistic (adjective) – cynical, suspicious, distrustful, negative, doubting, alarmist.


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