The Hindu Editorial (The Taliban problem) – Sep 19, 2019

The Hindu Editorial (The Taliban problem) – Sep 19, 2019

When the U.S.-Taliban talks collapsed last week, the insurgent group threatened to step up attacks in Afghanistan. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (The Taliban problem)- Sep 19, 2019.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (The Taliban problem) – Sep 19, 2019:

  1. keen on (phrasal verb) – interested in, passionate about, attracted/fascinated by.
  2. insurgent (adjective) – dissenting, agitational, rebel.
  3. step up (phrasal verb) – increase, intensify, escalate.
  4. make good (phrase) – succeed, achieve success, be successful.
  5. pledge (noun) – promise, word, undertaking/commitment.
  6. gear up (phrasal verb) – get ready, prepare, lay the groundwork.
  7. stay away from (phrasal verb) – escape from, evade, avoid/dodge.
  8. invader (noun) – attacker, intruder; a person invades a country.
  9. hollow (adjective) – meaningless, valueless, worthless.
  10. under way (adverb) – in progress, going on, continuing/happening.
  11. running mate (noun) – the person who runs with someone in an election (such as an election to choose a new president) and who is given the less important position (such as vice president) if they are elected (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  12. assassination (noun) – murder, killing.
  13. vengeful (adjective) – revengeful, avenging, unforgiving, hostile.
  14. unleash (verb) – let loose, release, set free.
  15. deploy (verb) – use, utilize, employ.
  16. grave (adjective) – crucial/critical, important/significant, serious.
  17. insistence (noun) – force, demand, compulsion/coercion.
  18. insurgent (noun) – agitator, rioter, subversive.
  19. cease (verb) – stop, end, conclude/terminate.
  20. hostility (noun) – fighting, conflict, war.
  21. sustain (verb) – continue/maintain, carry on, keep going.
  22. comprehensive (adjective) – all-inclusive, extensive, all-embracing wide-ranging.
  23. stakeholder (noun) – a person with an interest in something.
  24. say (noun) – chance to express one’s opinion, voice.
  25. back (verb) – support, endorse, uphold.
  26. crack down on (phrasal verb) – get tough on, take severe action against, eliminate/eradicate/abolish.
  27. double down (phrasal verb) – to be more firm & resolute on something (decided) even if that might be a risky choice.
  28. insurgency (noun) – uprising, revolt, rebellion.
  29. diplomatic (adjective) – (delicate & sensitive) consular, foreign-policy, political.
  30. the end of the road (phrase) – a point in a situation beyond which something cannot continue.


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