The Hindu Editorial (Strained ties) – Jan 13, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Strained ties) – Jan 13, 2021

The recent three-day-long protest, led by Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, under the banner of the Secular Democratic Progressive Alliance,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Strained ties) – Jan 13, 2021.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Strained ties) – Jan 13, 2021:

  1. strained (adjective) – awkward, uneasy, uncomfortable, difficult, troubled, embarrassed.
  2. ties (noun) – bond, connection, association, relationship.
  3. standoff (noun) – deadlock, stalemate, impasse (in a dispute/conflict).
  4. heed (verb) – pay attention to, take into account, consider.
  5. legitimate (adjective) – legal, lawful; valid, reasonable; genuine, authentic.
  6. under the banner (phrase) – as part of a particular group (claim to support a specified cause).
  7. secular (adjective) – non-religious.
  8. come as no surprise (phrase) – something which is not surprising someone, but is as expected one.
  9. given (preposition) – considering, taking into account, bearing in mind.
  10. functionary (noun) – official, administrator, office-holder.
  11. at loggerheads (phrase) – (two individuals or two groups of people) in a strong or violent disagreement about something. Engaged in a serious dispute and fail to come to an understanding of any kind.
  12. hold (verb) – conduct, organize.
  13. contention (noun) – disagreement, dispute, disputation, argument.
  14. Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) (noun) – a scheme launched by Government of India on 1 January 2013 to transfer the benefits and subsidies of various social welfare schemes like LPG subsidy, MNREGA payments, Old Age Pension, Scholarships etc. directly in the bank account of the beneficiary.
  15. Public Distribution System (PDS) (noun) – The Public Distribution System (PDS) in the country facilitates the supply of food grains and distribution of essential commodities to a large number of poor people through a network of Fair Price Shops at a subsidized price on a recurring basis.
  16. beneficiary (noun) – recipientreceiver, assignee.
  17. agitation (noun) – protest.
  18. highlight (verb) – underline, underscore, emphasize, call attention to.
  19. ally (noun) – associate, confederate, partner, supporter.
  20. recall (noun) – withdrawal, calling back.
  21. prelude (noun) – introduction, start, beginning.
  22. stir (noun) – commotion, disturbance, uproar, ferment, furore, turmoil.
  23. memoranda/memorandum (noun) – a written message; message, communication, letter.
  24. autocratic (adjective) – undemocratic, totalitarian/authoritarian, tyrannical, oppressive.
  25. obstructionist (adjective) – a person who follow the practice of purposely delaying legal/other procedures.
  26. attitude (noun) – position, stance, stand; viewpoint, standpoint, position, approach.
  27. welfare (noun) – well-being, prosperity, happiness, comfort, protection.
  28. refrain from (verb) – stop oneself, abstain, desist from, hold back.
  29. attribute (verb) – ascribe, assign, connect/associate with.
  30. anguish (noun) – distress, angst/worry, suffering, unhappiness.
  31. diligent (adjective) – hard-working, assiduous; dedicated, committed; attentive, heedful.
  32. sustained (adjective) – continuous, constant, steady, unrelenting.
  33. just (adjective) – impartial, unbiased, objective, neutral.
  34. scrupulously (adverb) – religiously, consistently, constantly/regularly.
  35. likely (adverb) – probably, in all probability, presumably.
  36. mobilisation (noun) – the act of bringing forces/people/resources together for a particular cause.
  37. stay away from (phrasal verb) – avoid, to not get involved in.
  38. reflection (noun) – opinion, thought, view, assessment.
  39. adversary (noun) – rival, enemy, nemesis, opponent.
  40. strategy (noun) – plan of action (in order to achieve a more expansive set of political, economic, and security interests).
  41. ward off (phrasal verb) – prevent, oppose, avert, resist.
  42. lay the blame on someone (phrase) – to blame someone for something.
  43. lay the blame at someone’s doorstep (phrase) – to mention that another person is responsible for one’s own failure.
  44. take into account (phrase) – consider, take into consideration, have regard to, reckon with.
  45. accommodate (verb) – adjust, adapt; assist, help, oblige.
  46. virtue (noun) – advantage, benefit, strength, attribute.
  47. grain (noun) – (literally) cereals like wheat, rice &etc. (figuratively) personality, natural tendency, disposition, temperament, mentality.
  48. ration (noun) – the practice of having a fixed allowance of food, esp a statutory one for civilians (particularly in time of scarcity or soldiers in time of war); allowance, allocation, allotment.
  49. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  50. breakdown (noun) – failure, collapse.
  51. step in (phrasal verb) – intervene, become involved, get involved, take action.
  52. in the interests of (phrase) – for the benefit/advantage of.


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