The Hindu Editorial (Sex and power) – Feb 27, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Sex and power) – Feb 27, 2020

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been convicted of two felony sex crimes and potentially faces 29 years in prison. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Sex and power) – Feb 27, 2020.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Sex and power) – Feb 27, 2020:

  1. conviction (noun) – sentence, judgement, verdict.
  2. vindication (noun) – justification, proof, warrant, rationalization.
  3. felony (noun) – grave, most serious, unethical, immoral (crime).
  4. testify (verb) – give evidence, be a witness, be proof of.
  5. assault (verb) – rape, sexually assault, molest.
  6. touchstone (noun) – point of reference, model, example, criterion, indicator.
  7. hold someone responsible/accountable for (phrase) – blame someone for something.
  8. harassment (noun) – persecution, persistent annoyance, coercion/intimidation.
  9. prosecution (noun) – legal action/trail, legal proceeding, litigation.
  10. alleged (adjective) – supposed, claimed, professed/purported.
  11. forensic (adjective) – relating to the application of scientific knowledge & methods to legal problems and legal proceeding.
  12. allegation (noun) – charge, accusation, indictment.
  13. credibility (noun) – trustworthiness, reliability, integrity.
  14. consensual (adjective) – relating to consensus/consent; in agreement with those who involved.
  15. further (verb) – promote, advance, forward.
  16. predator (noun) – a person who is cruelly exploiting other people. (an animal that hunts and kills other animals for food).
  17. premeditated (verb) – intentional, deliberate, pre-planned.
  18. leverage (verb) – use, make use of, utilize (to maximum gain).
  19. buy someone’s silence (phrase) – pay accusers (victims) to keep the accusations secret in order to shield/protect oneself (sexual predator) from legal liability.
  20. in the first degree (phrase) – of the most serious type of criminal sex act/rape charge. According to New York law, a person is guilty of this crime if they engage “in criminal sex act/sexual intercourse with another person” by “forcible compulsion” or if the victim is “incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless”.
  21. in the third degree (phrase) – of the serious type of criminal sex act/rape charge. According to New York law, a person is guilty of this crime if they engage “in criminal sex act/sexual intercourse with another person without such person’s consent”.
  22. acquit (verb) – free/clear from a criminal charge, exonerate, declare innocent.
  23. predatory (adjective) – exploitative, rapacious, greedy.
  24. kick off (phrasal verb) – begin, start, get going.
  25. activist (noun) – advocate, champion, supporter (of a political or societal change/cause).
  26. traumatic (adjective) – shocking, distressing, disturbing.
  27. reverberate (verb) – resound, resonate, repeat.
  28. means (noun) – method, way, mode.
  29. high-profile (adjective) – most important, prominent, attracting much public attention.
  30. impropriety (noun) – wrongdoing, misconduct, offence.
  31. outpouring (noun) – a sudden release of strong emotion.
  32. centre on (verb) – focus, concentrate, pivot, be based.
  33. considerable (adjective) – distinguished, influential, significant, prominent.
  34. standing (noun) – status, ranking, social position, reputation.
  35. defamation (noun) – character assassination, libel/misrepresentation.
  36. unearth (verb) – detect, discover, find out.
  37. seamy (adjective) – disreputable, corrupt, unpleasant.
  38. shine a light on (phrase) – to make something clear and understandable.
  39. give pause (phrase) – make serious; cause someone to think carefully before doing something.
  40. cavalier (adjective) – indifferent, casual, unconcerned; without concern for something important or serious.
  41. consent (noun) – permission, authorization, approval.

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2. Definitions (elementary level) & Synonyms provided for the words above are my personal work and not that of Oxford University Press. Tentative definitions/meanings are provided for study purpose only and they may vary in different context. 
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