The Hindu Lead Article (A plaintive lament on liberty that rings hollow) – Jan 20, 2021

The Hindu Lead Article (A plaintive lament on liberty that rings hollow) – Jan 20, 2021

In early November 2020, after the overnight listing of a defective petition, the Supreme Court of India granted bail to the television anchor,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (A plaintive lament on liberty that rings hollow) – Jan 20, 2021.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (A plaintive lament on liberty that rings hollow) – Jan 20, 2021:

  1. plaintive (adjective) – sad, unhappy, pathetic, woeful.
  2. lament (noun) – complaint, crying.
  3. ring hollow (phrase) – to seem false, insincere or not genuine.
  4. the judiciary (noun) – a branch of government in which judicial power is vested.
  5. callous (adjective) – harsh, heartless, insensitive/ruthless.
  6. rule of law (phrase) – it is described as “a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the State itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards.
  7. overnight (adjective) – quick, fast, swift, instant.
  8. bail (noun) – conditional, temporary release of an arrested/imprisoned person when a specified amount of security is deposited or pledged (as cash or property) to ensure his/her appearance in court when required.
  9. writ (noun) – a formal written order by a court.
  10. run through (phrasal verb) – be present in, pass through, imbue, go through.
  11. fabric (noun) – the basic/fundamental structure.
  12. across the spectrum (phrase) – from one side to the other side  (spectrum refers to a range of something).
  13. Criminal Law (noun) – a complex system of laws concerned with punishment of individuals who commit crimes.
  14. selective (adjective) – discriminating, discriminatory, discerning, choosy, particular.
  15. harassment (noun) – persecution, persistent annoyance, coercion/intimidation.
  16. deprivation (noun) – dispossession, withdrawal, removal, taking away, stripping.
  17. remedy (noun) – solution, answer, antidote/panacea.
  18. solemn (adjective) – formal, important, serious, dignified.
  19. humaneness (noun) – compassionateness, kindness, kind-heartedness.
  20. poignantly (adverb) – distressingly, agonisingly, painfully.
  21. bemuse (verb) – confuse, bewilder, puzzle.
  22. eloquent (adjective) – expressive, revealing, significant, indicative.
  23. encomium (noun) – praise, acclaim, accolade.
  24. incarcerate (verb) – jail, take into custody, detain/confine, put in prison.
  25. trial (noun) – court case, lawsuit, hearing, inquiry, legal proceedings, proceedings, legal action.
  26. in the aftermath of (phrase) – as a consequence of, as a result of.
  27. specious (adjective) – seemingly correct, misleading, deceptive, false.
  28. ground (noun) – reason, factor, basis, rationale, premise.
  29. ember (noun) – glowing coal, burning wood.
  30. abrogation (noun) – abolition, repeal, cancellation (of a law/agreement).
  31. lock up (phrasal verb) – imprison, jail, incarcerate, detain, confine.
  32. habeas corpus (noun) – Latin phrase meaning literally “that you have the body”. The court order to bring the person (in custody/detention) to the court to decide on the imprisonment is legal or illegal.
  33. absurd (adjective) – ridiculous, farcical, laughable.
  34. invocation (noun) – citation, mention, calling on.
  35. accomplishment (noun) – achievement, attainment, feat.
  36. retrieve (verb) – get back, recover, regain, repossess.
  37. paean (noun) – song of praise, anthem.
  38. Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) (noun) – The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to grant citizenship to religious minorities of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, who had to flee their homeland facing persecution. The six minority groups that have been specifically identified are Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, and Parsis.
  39. apparently (adverb) – seemingly, evidently, it appears that.
  40. solicitude (noun) – concern, consideration, attentiveness, mindfulness.
  41. bring oneself to (phrase) – force oneself to, make oneself, bear to.
  42. implicit (adjective) – implied, indirect, understood, implicit, hinted.
  43. acknowledgement (noun) – acceptance, admission, realization.
  44. hold in contempt (phrase) – consider something to be undeserving of attention.
  45. turn over a new leaf (phrase) – reform, improve, amend.
  46. elapse (verb) – pass, go by, go past.
  47. hymn (noun) – a book/other thing (praising something).
  48. glaring (adjective) – obvious, visible, apparent, flagrant, blatant.
  49. en route (adverb) – on the way, in transit, on the move.
  50. turn out (phrasal verb) – transpire, emerge; happen.
  51. big deal (noun) – a cause for concern; an important thing.
  52. adjourn (verb) – postpone, put off, defer/delay.
  53. harangue (verb) – lecture, preach (in an aggressive and critical manner).
  54. move (verb) – make a formal request to a court for something.
  55. take up (phrasal verb) – accept, undertake.
  56. piece (noun) – article, column.
  57. at the turn of the year (phrase) – it refers to the transition from one year to another.
  58. leave aside (phrasal verb) – to not consider something; ignore, dismiss, push aside.
  59. come out (phrasal verb) – become known, come to light, emerge, transpire.
  60. point out (phrasal verb) – identify, mention, indicate, draw attention to.
  61. terrain (noun) – landscape (the distinctive features of a field of activity).
  62. spurious (adjective) – bogus, fake, not genuine.
  63. detrimental (adjective) – undesirable, harmful, unfavourable, counterproductive.
  64. deprive of (verb) – dispossess, strip of, deny, prevent from having.
  65. multiply (verb) – accumulate, increase, proliferate.
  66. prosecution (noun) – legal proceeding, trial, legal case.
  67. suffice (verb) – be enough, be sufficient, be adequate.
  68. blow (noun) – shock, surprise; setback/misfortune.
  69. break down (phrasal verb) – fail, collapse, founder, fall through, be unsuccessful, disintegrate.
  70. citizenry (noun) – all the people/citizens (of a place/country considered as a whole).
  71. declaim (verb) – condemn, criticize, attack.
  72. conduct (noun) – actions, activities, deeds, practices.
  73. reminiscent (adjective) – similar to, comparable with, bearing comparison with.
  74. Macbeth (noun) – Three witches tell the Scottish general Macbeth that he will be King of Scotland. Encouraged by his wife, Macbeth kills the king, becomes the new king, and kills more people out of paranoia (suspicion). Civil war erupts to overthrow Macbeth, resulting in more death.
  75. plunge (verb) – immerse, submerge, sink.
  76. Neptune (noun) – The god of freshwater and the sea in Roman religion. (Macbeth’s sense that “all great Neptune’s ocean” cannot cleanse him-that there is enough blood on his hands to turn the entire sea red-will stay with him until his death. Macbeth means that there is not enough water in the sea to cleanse his hands, but instead the blood on them will stain the ocean red).


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