The Hindu Editorial (Need of the hour) – Feb 05, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Need of the hour) – Feb 05, 2020

As protests continue to ripple in many parts of the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, or the CAA, the National Population Register (NPR) and allied issues,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Need of the hour) – Feb 05, 2020.

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Today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Need of the hour) – Feb 05, 2020

  1. need of the hour (phrase) – some (urgent) need/requirement/demand at a particular point of time.
  2. privilege (verb) – give a special advantage.
  3. persecution (noun) – oppression, victimization, ill treatment/abuse.
  4. ripple in (verb) – stir, oscillate, swing, move (like waves).
  5. draw one’s attention (phrase) – to make someone notice something.
  6. evoke (verb) – kindle, arouse, induce/awaken.
  7. indignation (noun) – resentment, distress, anger.
  8. right-thinking (adjective) – honest, principled, law-abiding, lawful.
  9. walk of life (phrase) – a person’s class/status/rank within society.
  10. mobilise (verb) – organize, call up, bring into play/generate.
  11. befit (verb) – suitable for, proper to, suited to, apt for.
  12. vibrant (adjective) – lively, full of life, energetic, dynamic.
  13. reservation (noun) – doubt, misgivings, scepticism.
  14. forefront (noun) – fore, front, front line.
  15. defeatist (adjective) – discouraged, fatalistic, negative.
  16. slumber (noun) – rest, nap, sleep.
  17. in the face of (phrase) – despite, notwithstanding, regardless of; when confronted with.
  18. creeping (adjective) – (of a negative manner) occurring, developing gradually.
  19. majoritarianism (noun) – a philosophy that states that a majority (sometimes categorized by religion, language, social class, or some other identifying factor) of the population is entitled to a certain degree of primacy (priority) in society, and has the right to make decisions that affect the society.
  20. linger on (verb) – persist, continue, stay.
  21. slide (verb) – fall, drop, plunge/descend (to a lower level). 
  22. vested interest (noun) – a personal interest in something to get benefit.
  23. polarisation (noun) – separation of two contrasting groups (based on different opinions/beliefs).
  24. discriminatory (adjective) – prejudicial, biased, unfair, inequitable.
  25. incendiary (adjective) – provocative, agitational, rabble-rousing.
  26. non-sectarian (adjective) – universal, all-embracing, all-inclusive.
  27. put someone on the spot (phrase) – cause difficulties, trouble, bother.
  28. dishonour (noun) – discredit, disfavour, disgrace.
  29. the pluralist (noun) – the people co-exist in harmony irrespective of various differences.
  30. secular (adjective) – non-religious, worldly, earthly.
  31. litigate (verb) – be disputed/claimed/involved in a lawsuit.
  32. hold someone fire (phrase) – delay, hold back, stop (making a decision), wait, be quiet (before criticizing something /reacting to something). Hold one’s fire generally means not to not discharge a weapon/firearm.
  33. sniff (verb) – find, detect, discover.
  34. reach out (phrasal verb) – contact someone to obtain/offer help/assistance/cooperation.
  35. reconcile (verb) – settle, resolve, patch up, accept.
  36. confront (verb) – trouble, bother, distress.
  37. chilling (adjective) – frightening, terrifying, disturbing/horrifying.
  38. brazen (adjective) – bold and shameless; unashamed, unabashed.
  39. vilification (noun) – condemnation, criticism, censure.
  40. dehumanisation (noun) – an act of preventing a person of human qualities.
  41. abstract (adjective) – conceptual, notional, theoretical; speculative/non-realistic/symbolic.
  42. far from (phrase) – not, not at all, nowhere near.
  43. swift (adjective) – rapid, quick, speedy.
  44. divisive (adjective) – alienating/isolating, disharmonious, discordant.
  45. rhetoric (noun) – bombast, loftiness, hyperbole/extravagant language.
  46. traitor (noun) – betrayer, double-dealer, defector.
  47. reconciliation (noun) – restoration of harmony, resolution, compromise.
  48. arbitrary (adjective) – random/capricious, casual, unreasonable, irrational/illogical, groundless.
  49. turmoil (noun) – confusion, disorder, agitation/disruption.


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