The Hindu Editorial (Overbroad, overboard) – Nov 24, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Overbroad, overboard) – Nov 24, 2020

Kerala has sought to make amends by keeping in abeyance its obnoxious proposal to abridge free speech by conferring unbridled powers… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Overbroad, overboard) – Nov 24, 2020.

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  1. overbroad (adjective) – too much, extreme. (“go overboard” means to do something too much or to go to extremes).
  2. curb (verb) – control, contain, restrict, limit.
  3. abusive (adjective) – insulting, offensive, disrespectful, defamatory.
  4. disregard (verb) – ignore, overlook, take no notice of, pay no attention to.
  5. ordinance (noun) – (local) order, decree, directive/regulation.
  6. seek (verb) – try, aim, attempt.
  7. make amends (phrase) – compensate, recompense, make it up to (for a wrongdoing).
  8. keep/hold something in abeyance (phrase) – suspend, reserve, discontinue, dissolve, terminate.
  9. obnoxious (adjective) – very unpleasant; disagreeable, annoying/irritating/disgusting.
  10. abridge (verb) – shorten, cut short, curtail, truncate, lessen/decrease.
  11. free speech (noun) – the right to express one’s opinions publicly (without any restraint).
  12. confer (verb) – present to, give out to, grand to.
  13. unbridled (adjective) – unrestrained, unconstrained, uncontrolled.
  14. disseminate (verb) – spread, circulate, communicate, publicize.
  15. deem (verb) – regard as, consider; view as.
  16. humiliating (adjective) – embarrassing, degrading, demeaning, disgracing, humbling.
  17. defamatory (adjective) – defaming, abusive, disparaging/insulting.
  18. heed (verb) – pay attention to, take into account, consider.
  19. drop (verb) – abandon, discontinue, cancel, give up, discard.
  20. measure (noun) – step, action, course of action, plan of action, procedure.
  21. altogether (adverb) – completely, totally, entirely. 
  22. draconian (adjective) – (of laws or punishments) extremely harsh, severe, strict, stringent, tough.
  23. ill-conceived (adjective) – absurd, ridiculous, not carefully planned.
  24. promulgate (verb) – enact, pass, approve, lay down, stipulate, formulate.
  25. incredible (adjective) – unbelievable, unimagined, unthinkable.
  26. craft (verb) – to make something (with skill).
  27. unconstitutional (adjective) – undemocratic, autocratic, dictatorial, totalitarian.
  28. defamation (noun) – character assassination, libel, misrepresentation, scandalmongering, malicious gossip.
  29. repugnant to (adjective) – incompatible with, in conflict with, contrary to, at variance with.
  30. provision (noun) – term, clause, requirement/condition.
  31. Indian Penal Code (IPC) (noun) – The Indian Penal Code (IPC) is the official criminal code of India. It is a comprehensive code intended to cover all substantive aspects of criminal law. The draft was passed into law on 6 October 1860. The Code came into operation on 1 January 1862. The Indian Penal Code of 1860, sub-divided into 23 chapters, comprises 511 sections. IPC deals with crimes and punishments.
  32. besides (preposition/linking adverb) – in addition to, as well, also.
  33. go against (phrasal verb) – be contrary to something.
  34. Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) (noun) – The Code of Criminal Procedure (in India). The main legislation on procedure for administration of substantive criminal law in India. It was enacted in 1973 and came into force on 1 April 1974. CrPC tells about the criminal trial procedure.
  35. reportage (noun) – the act of reporting news.
  36. satire (noun) – mockery, ridicule, derision.
  37. hollow (verb) – make something meaningless, empty, valueless, useless.
  38. in the light of (phrase) – considering, taking into account, keeping in mind.
  39. narrow (adjective) – narrow-minded, intolerant, illiberal, short-sighted; dogmatic, inflexible.
  40. offense (noun) – crime, illegal act, unlawful act, breach of the law, wrongdoing, felony.
  41. strike down (phrasal verb) – abolish, annul, nullify (a law or regulation).
  42. Information Technology Act (noun) – it is an Act of the Indian Parliament notified on 17 October 2000. It is the primary law in India dealing with cybercrime and electronic commerce.
  43. criminalise (verb) – make something (an activity) illegal.
  44. grossly (adverb) – extremely, excessively.
  45. offensive (adjective) – insulting, rude, derogatory, disrespectful, hurtful.
  46. menacing (adjective) – threatening, intimidating, frightening.
  47. intimidation (noun) – frightening, threatening, oppression.
  48. ambit (noun) – range, scope, extent, reach.
  49. fall/run foul of (phrase) – get into trouble, come into conflict with, go against (by not following rules/standards).
  50. vaguely (adverb) – absent-mindedly, abstractedly, inattentively, forgetfully.
  51. cognisable offence/crime (noun) – an offence for which, a police officer without any warrant has authority to arrest and to start an investigation with or without the permission of a court.
  52. non-cognisable offence (noun) – an offence for which, a police officer without any warrant has no authority to arrest.
  53. moreover (adverb) – besides, furthermore, in addition.
  54. uphold (verb) – confirm, endorse/approve, vindicate/validate.
  55. make clear (phrase) – explain, clarify, elucidate.
  56. first information report (FIR) (noun) – a written document prepared by the police when they receive information about the commission of a cognizable offence.
  57. prosecute (verb) – charge, sue, bring to trial, institute legal proceedings against, take to court.
  58. take cognisance of (phrase) – notice, attend to, take into account, give attention to.
  59. aggrieved (adjective) – distressed, disgruntled, discontented, unhappy, angry.
  60. lay down (phrasal verb) – formulate, prescribe, stipulate; enforce, insist (on a rule).
  61. utterance (noun) – remark, comment, expression, statement.
  62. assent (noun) – approval, consent, sanction, agreement, acceptance.
  63. regrettable (adjective) – undesirable, unfortunate, sad/bad, disappointing/distressing.
  64. arm (verb) – prepare, forearm (prepare in advance), make ready, brace.
  65. stalk (verb) – pursue, chase, run after (persistently seek to acquire or attain something).
  66. harassment (noun) – persecution, persistent annoyance, coercion/intimidation.


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