The Hindu Editorial (Overdue review) – Jul 17, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Overdue review) – Jul 17, 2021

It is gratifying to note that the Supreme Court, while indicating its intention to reconsider the sedition provision in the Indian Penal Code,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Overdue review) – Jul 17, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (Overdue review) – Jul 17, 2021:

  1. overdue (adjective) – long-delayed, belated, tardy.
  2. sedition (noun) – incitement (to riot/rebellion), agitation, trouble making/provocation (against the established government/authority).
  3. bode well/ill (verb) – augur, indicate, portend (a good/bad outcome).
  4. inevitable (adjective) – unavoidable, unpreventable, inescapable, certain, sure to happen.
  5. invalidation (noun) – nullification, cancellation, revocation, abrogation, reversal.
  6. gratify (verb) – please, give pleasure to, make happy, delight, satisfy.
  7. provision (noun) – clause, (legal) term, stipulation, requirement, condition.
  8. 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, subdivided into 23 chapters, comprises 511 sections. IPC deals with crimes and punishments.
  9. Section 124A of the IPC (noun) – Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code lays down the punishment for sedition.
  10. statute (noun) – act/law, regulation, rule (written & laid down by the legislature).
  11. point to (verb) – indicate, suggest, denote.
  12. rampant (adjective) – widespread, present everywhere/pervasive, unrestrained/out of control.
  13. section (noun) – a particular/distinct part of a statute.
  14. colonial (adjective) – relating to the period of the (British/French) colonies.
  15. regime (noun) – system/government.
  16. suppress (verb) – control, contain, restrain, stifle, muffle.
  17. flag (verb) – indicate, identify, point out.
  18. set the tone (phrase) – to establish the mood/feeling of something.
  19. comprehensive (adjective) – all-inclusive, broad-based; all-embracing, complete, thorough.
  20. reconsideration (noun) – review, re-examination, reassessment, re-evaluation, reappraisal.
  21. dissent (noun) – disagreement, lack of agreement, difference of opinion, protest, opposition, disapproval.
  22. criminalise (verb) – make something (an activity) illegal.
  23. strident (adjective) – loud & harsh, forceful, discordant, vociferous, raucous.  
  24. taint (verb) – tarnish, blacken, stigmatize, discredit, damage, hurt.
  25. opponent (noun) – opposer, objector, dissident, dissenter.
  26. tag (noun) – characterization, identification, designation, label.
  27. render (verb) – make, cause to be, cause to become.
  28. strike down (phrasal verb) – abolish, annul, nullify (a law or regulation).
  29. inherent (adjective) – implicit, intrinsic, fundamental, basic.
  30. potential (noun) – possibility, potentiality, prospect.
  31. proclivity (noun) – liking, inclination, tendency/leaning.
  32. invoke (verb) – cite, refer to, adduce.
  33. applicability (noun) – relevance, pertinence germaneness or appropriateness.
  34. dissenting (adjective) – opposite, contradicting, disagreeing, conflicting.
  35. activist (noun) – a person who supports a political or societal change/cause.
  36. settle a score (phrase) – take revenge, retaliate, hit back at someone. 
  37. hue (noun) – type, kind; aspect, nature.
  38. uphold (verb) – confirm, endorse/approve, vindicate/validate.
  39. bench (noun) – a court of law with a number of judges.
  40. Constitution Bench (noun – a bench of the Supreme Court having five or more judges on it. Article 145(3) says at least five judges need to hear cases that involve “a substantial question of law as to the interpretation” of the Constitution, or any reference under Article 143, which deals with the power of the President of India to consult the Supreme Court.
  41. read down (phrase) – an instance of a court urging that a statute must be construed/interpreted legally, if fairly possible, so as to save it from being declared illegal.
  42. import (noun) – meaning, sense, essence, purport, message; substance, importance, significance. 
  43. hatred (noun) – enmity, antipathy, antagonism, hostility, resentment, aversion.
  44. contempt (noun) – disrespect, disregard, neglect.
  45. contempt (noun) – (In Law) it refers to the offence of showing disrespect to the dignity or authority of a court (& its officers).
  46. disaffection (noun) – dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontent.
  47. pernicious (adjective) – harmful, damaging, destructive.
  48. tendency (noun) – inclination, disposition, susceptibility; trend, movement.
  49. disorder (noun) – unrest, disruption, upheaval, turmoil, mayhem.
  50. attenuated (verb) – weakened, reduced, lessened, decreased, diminished, impaired.
  51. interpretation (noun) – explanation, elucidation, clarification, definition; examination, evaluation, analysis.  
  52. impose (verb) – force, thrust, inflict (an unwelcome decision/ruling).
  53. freedom of speech (noun) – the right to express opinions without government interference.
  54. unconstitutional (adjective) – undemocratic, arbitrary, autocratic, dictatorial, totalitarian.
  55. seize of (verb) – be in legal possession (control) of something.
  56. seek (verb) – ask for, request, demand, appeal.
  57. cite (verb) – refer to, adduce, make reference to, invoke.
  58. doctrine (noun) – principle, belief, rule.
  59. subsequently (adverb) – eventually, afterwards, later on, in due course.
  60. evolve (verb) – alter, change, transform gradually; develop, progress, advance gradually.
  61. in particular (phrase) – particularly, specifically, especially.
  62. chilling (adjective) – frightening, terrifying, disturbing/horrifying.
  63. vague (adjective) – imprecise, inexact, unclear/uncertain.
  64. overbroad (adjective) – too much, extreme. (“go overboard” means to do something too much or to go to extremes).
  65. provocative (adjective) – annoying, irritating, agitational, inflammatory.
  66. innocuous (adjective) – harmless, inoffensive, unobjectionable.
  67. liable (adjective) – responsible, accountable, answerable, chargeable.
  68. prosecution (noun) – legal action, legal proceeding, litigation.
  69. admit (verb) – acknowledge, accept, agree.
  70. sing from the same songbook/sheet (phrase) – say the same thing; to agree with; go along with, be of the same mind; concur.
  71. benchmark (noun as modifier) – standard, base/basis, ideal.
  72. patriotism (noun) – devoted love and support for country; nationalism, national loyalty.
  73. at liberty (phrase) – free, permitted, allowed, authorized, entitled.
  74. in one’s own way (phrase) – to do what one wants to do (despite objection from others).
  75. quell (verb) – suppress, silence, repress; end, finish, stifle, thwart.
  76. altogether (adverb) – completely, entirely, totally.


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The Hindu Editorial (Overdue review) – Jul 17, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Overdue review) – Jul 17, 2021
The Hindu Editorial (Overdue review) – Jul 17, 2021
The Hindu Editorial (Overdue review) – Jul 17, 2021

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