The Hindu Editorial (Two bad options) – Mar 13, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Two bad options) – Mar 13, 2021

President Joe Biden’s push for an interim unity government in Afghanistan is a testament to his administration’s grim assessment of the situation in the war-torn country. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Two bad options) – Mar 13, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (Two bad options) – Mar 13, 2021:

  1. push (noun) – effort, initiative, drive.
  2. (national) unity government (noun) – a broad coalition government consisting of all parties in the legislature, (usually formed during a time of war or other national emergencies).
  3. interim (adjective) – provisional, temporary, transitional.  
  4. testament (noun) – witness/evidence, proof, testimony.
  5. grim (adjective) – distressing, upsetting, worrying, unpleasant, dismal, awful.
  6. assessment (noun) – evaluation, judgement, appraisal, analysis.
  7. war-torn (adjective) – (of a place) devastated, ruined, wrecked (by war).
  8. multilateral (adjective) – involving many different countries/parties/organizations.
  9. envoy (noun) – diplomat, consul, ambassador; representative, delegate, mediator.
  10. lasting (adjective) – long-lasting, long-term, permanent.
  11. strategy (noun) – plan of action (in order to achieve a more expansive set of political, economic, and security interests).
  12. step up (phrasal verb) – increase, intensify, strengthen, augment.
  13. pull out (phrasal verb) – withdraw, retreat, get out, move out.
  14. understandably (adverb) – as expected.
  15. consensus (noun) – an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group, agreement, concurrence.
  16. mechanism (noun) – structure, system, procedure/method.
  17. hinterland (noun) – remote areas of a country away from the coastal areas/the banks of major rivers.
  18. territorial (adjective) – relating to a particular territory (area/region); geographical.
  19. seek (verb) – try, aim, attempt.
  20. inclusive (adjective) – all-embracing, all-inclusive, with everyone included, comprehensive.
  21. framework (noun) – structure, system, organization.
  22. decisive (adjective) – important, major, crucial/critical, key.
  23. play a part/role (phrase) – contribute to, be instrumental in, be a factor in.
  24. transition (noun) – change.
  25. mandated (adjective) – authorized, empowered, designated.
  26. concession (noun) – compromise, adjustment.
  27. insurgent (noun) – dissenter, agitator/rioter, subversive
  28. Doha Agreement (noun) – The Doha Agreement, more formally, “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognised by the US as a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America, 2020” was signed on the February 29 in Doha, Qatar. The deal was considered a historic step towards establishing peace in Afghanistan.
  29. breakthrough (noun as modifier) – very important/significant development or progress.
  30. stick to (phrasal verb) – abide by, hold to, comply with, fulfil, make good.
  31. pull back (phrasal verb) – withdraw, retreat, disengage.
  32. intra- (prefix) – within.
  33. take over (phrasal verb) – assume control of, take control of; seize, appropriate.
  34. amend (verb) – alter, change, modify.
  35. hard-won (adjective) – achieved/gained only after a lot of effort.


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