The Hindu Editorial (Overzealous threat) – Jan 26, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Overzealous threat) – Jan 26, 2021

The warning by the Bihar police of legal action being taken against users of social media for “offensive” posts targeting the government,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Overzealous threat) – Jan 26, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (Overzealous threat) – Jan 26, 2021:

  1. overzealous (adjective) – too zealous; excessively sincere, feeling, fervent, impassioned, passionate, enthusiastic.
  2. tolerance (noun) – forbearance, self-control, liberality, open-mindedness; patience, acceptance.
  3. offensive (adjective) – attacking, aggressive; insulting, disrespectful, hurtful, provocative, provoking.
  4. betray (verb) – reveal, expose, disclose, lay bare, make known.
  5. hypersensitivity (noun) – a proneness/vulnerability to get hurt/offended easily.
  6. ignorance (noun) – lack of knowledge, unawareness.
  7. ignorance of the law (phrase) – a mistake of law in relation to a person’s rights or responsibilities.
  8. zeal (noun) – fervour, eagerness, interest.
  9. cow (verb) – frighten, threaten, intimidate, browbeat, bully, overawe.
  10. Economic Offences Wing (noun) – a separate specialized investigation branch of Police established (within CID) to deal with economic offences.
  11. cyber-crime/cyber offence (noun) – any criminal activity that is committed using a computer over the network.
  12. prescribed (adjective) – stipulated, established, laid down, ordered.
  13. presumably (adverb) – probably, in all likelihood, undoubtedly, seemingly.
  14. contemplate (verb) – think about, consider, regard.
  15. alleged (adjective) – supposed, claimed, professed, purported.
  16. make no mention of (phrase) – to mention nothing about something.
  17. penal (adjective) – disciplinary, punitive, corrective; punishable by law.
  18. provision (noun) – (legal) term, clause, requirement, condition.
  19. 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.
  20. Section 66A of the Information Technology Act (noun) – Section 66A provides punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.
  21. strike down (phrasal verb) – abolish, annul, nullify (a law or regulation).
  22. broadly (adverb) – roughly, loosely.
  23. pertain to (verb) – concern, relate to, be connected with.
  24. offence (noun) – crime, illegal/unlawful act, wrongdoing.
  25. obscene (adjective) – disgusting, morally disturbing/upsetting.
  26. prurient (adjective) – salacious, lustful, lewd.
  27. hacking (noun) – an unauthorized access to (personal) data.
  28. identity theft (noun) – a serious crime, often aimed at obtaining the personal or financial information (such as credit card details) of another person.
  29. personation (noun) – a primarily-legal term, meaning ‘to assume the identity of another person with intent to deceive’. It is often used for the kind of voter fraud where an individual votes in an election, whilst pretending to be a different elector.
  30. render (verb) – make, cause to be, cause to become.
  31. intemperate (adjective) – immoderate, inordinate, unwarranted, unreasonable, unjustifiable.
  32. tenor (noun) – the general content/meaning.
  33. proceedings (noun) – legal action, legal proceedings, lawsuit.
  34. ought to (modal verb) – must, should.
  35. first information report (FIR) (noun) – a written document prepared by the police when they receive information about the commission of a cognizable offence.
  36. defamation (noun) – character assassination, libel, misrepresentation, scandalmongering, malicious gossip.
  37. by way of (phrase) – as a form of.
  38. magistrate (noun) – the judicial officers or civil officers of a state who handle minor legal cases in a specific area like town, district etc.
  39. indeed (adverb) – in fact, actually, undeniably.
  40. prosecutor (noun) – a lawyer who presents the government’s case against someone accused of a crime; State counsel.
  41. in respect of (phrase) – concerning, regarding, relating to, with reference to.
  42. measure (noun) – action, step, procedure.
  43. shore up (phrasal verb) – support, assist, prop up.
  44. regime (noun) – government.
  45. rumour mongering (noun) – the spreading of  threatening reports/rumours deliberately (to make people feel worried or frightened).
  46. dare (verb) – challenge someone to do something.
  47. expose (verb) – uncover, reveal, show, display, exhibit, disclose.
  48. wrongdoing (noun) – immorality, misbehaviour, misconduct, mischief.
  49. hate speech (noun) – abusive or disrespectful speech.
  50. inflammatory (adjective) – provocative, provoking, agitating, fomenting.
  51. ill-behove (verb) – be not appropriate for, be not expected of, be not advisable for, be not sensible for, be not wise for.
  52. take note (phrase) – pay attention, take into consideration, watch.
  53. offender (noun) – criminal, wrongdoer/evil-doer, culprit.
  54. influential (adjective) – important, significant, prominent.
  55. division (noun) – disunity, disunion, conflict, discord, disagreement.
  56. foment (verb) – instigate, incite, provoke/stir up.
  57. act on (phrasal verb) – comply with, act in accordance with, follow, take action according to.
  58. lest (conjunction) – in case, just in case, for fear that, in order to avoid, to avoid the risk of.
  59. suppress (verb) – control, contain, restrain.
  60. critic (noun) – censurer, attacker, fault-finder.
  61. allegation (noun) – charge, accusation, indictment.


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