The Hindu Editorial (Moon rising) – Apr 21, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Moon rising) – Apr 21, 2020

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, whose government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic won acclaim,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Moon rising) – Apr 21, 2020.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Moon rising) – Apr 21, 2020:

  1. expedite (verb) – accelerate, speed up, quicken.
  2. COVID-19 (noun) – coronavirus disease 2019.
  3. 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.
  4. acclaim (noun) – praise, commendation, applause.
  5. score (verb) – get, gain, achieve, attain.
  6. swept past participle of sweep (verb) – to win a contest completely.
  7. go ahead (phrasal verb) – to proceed, to continue to do something, to start/begin to do something.
  8. stringent (adjective) – strict/stern, severe, tough/rigorous.
  9. in place (phrase) – established, set up.
  10. command (verb) – receive, be given, get/gain, obtain.
  11. mark (verb) – indicate, signify, identify, represent.
  12. substantial (adjective) – considerable, significant, large.
  13. turnaround (noun) – an unexpected change.
  14. break out (phrasal verb) – flare up, begin/start suddenly, erupt/burst out.
  15. amid (preposition) – in the middle of, surrounded by; during.
  16. allegation (noun) – charge, accusation, indictment.
  17. rapprochement (noun) – reconciliation, reuniting, restoration of harmony, compromise/understanding.
  18. legislative (adjective) – governmental, parliamentary, administrative.
  19. bottleneck (noun) – a condition which appears as not solvable and so delays the process; snag, difficulty/problem.
  20. arguably (adverb) – possibly, conceivably, maybe, potentially.
  21. pose (verb) – raise, ask, put (a question/matter for consideration).
  22. political will (noun) – political intention/desire (to complete a scheme/project even if it is not admired/welcomed in the beginning).
  23. normalcy (noun) – a normal condition; normality, regularity.
  24. impatience (noun) – restlessness, hastiness, quickness.
  25. disruption (noun) – disturbance, disarrangement, interruption.
  26. thaw (noun) – an increase in friendliness.
  27. demilitarised (adjective) – relating to an area wherein all military forces are removed.
  28. blitz (noun) – all-out effort, exertion/struggle, endeavour.
  29. endeavour (noun) –  attempt, effort, try; struggle.
  30. fraught with (adjective) – full of, filled with, loaded with.
  31. amenable to (adjective) – receptive, responsive, reactive.
  32. foremost (adverb) – in the first place.
  33. implications (noun) – consequence/outcome, ramification, repercussion.
  34. alliance (noun) – association, partnership, connection.
  35. hostage (noun) – captive, prisoner, detainee; a person under custody of someone as security for performance against a demand/pledge; pawn, security.
  36. peninsula (noun) – an area of land almost surrounded by water (on three sides) and one side attached to the mainland.
  37. denuclearisation (noun) – the act of removing nuclear weapons from a place.
  38. stand-off (noun) – deadlock, stalemate, impasse, standstill (in a dispute/conflict).
  39. stall (verb) – check, stop, halt, restrict.
  40. summit (noun) – meeting, conference.
  41. break down (phrasal verb) – fail, fall through, be unsuccessful, come to nothing.
  42. vague (adjective) – imprecise, inexact, unclear, uncertain.
  43. deadlock (noun) – stalemate, impasse, checkmate/stand-off.
  44. insist on (verb) – ask for, request, press/push for.
  45. crippling (adjective) – weakening, impairing, paralyzing.
  46. sanctions (noun) – action taken, or an order given to force a country to obey international laws by limiting or stopping trade with that country, by not allowing economic aid for that country, etc (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  47. precondition (noun) – necessary condition, requirement, necessity.
  48. harp on (phrasal verb) – talk or write/complain continuously and lengthy on a particular subject.
  49. paradoxically (adverb) – contradictorily, inconsistently, incongruously.
  50. collective (adjective) – combined, united, cooperative (by all the members of a group).
  51. confront (verb) – deal with, tackle, address, face up to.
  52. unfolding (adjective) – developing, growing, emerging, transpiring.
  53. avenue (noun) – line/way, path, direction (of approaching a problem).
  54. realpolitik (noun) – realistic and practical politics (German word).
  55. therein (adverb) – in that place.
  56. a ray of hope (phrase) – something which gives a slight hope in a difficult situation.
  57. make the most of (phrase) – use something to the best advantage.


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