The Hindu Lead Article (A security architecture without the mortar) – Oct 17, 2018

The Hindu Lead Article (A security architecture without the mortar) – Oct 17, 2018

In April this year, the Narendra Modi government set up a Defence Planning Committee (DPC) to assist in the creation of “national security strategy. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (A security architecture without the mortar) – Oct 17, 2018.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (A security architecture without the mortar) – Oct 17, 2018:

  1. mortar (noun) – a mixture of sand, water, and cement to bind building blocks such as stones, bricks, and concrete masonry units together.
  2. stem from (phrasal verb) – originate from, arise from, come from.
  3. revive (verb) – reintroduce, restore, bring back.
  4. cognisant (adjective) – aware, well informed about, familiar with.
  5. wanting (adjective) – deficient, inadequate, lacking/imperfect.
  6. sorry state (phrase) – bad situation.
  7. salvage (verb) – rescue, recover, retrieve.
  8. deteriorate (verb) – worsen, decline, degenerate.
  9. ceasefire (noun) – a temporary stoppage of a war, truce, armistice.
  10. on the rise (phrase) – increasing.
  11. spin manager/spin doctor (noun) – a person who helps political parties to present/publicize/manipulate events, ideas, etc in their advantage even if they are not.
  12. valiantly (adverb) – with courage, with determination.
  13. surgical strike (noun) – the military attack aimed to cause damage on a particular target with small/no collateral damage to surroundings.
  14. befitting (adjective) – appropriate, suitable, proper.
  15. stand-off (noun) – deadlock, stalemate, impasse (in a dispute/conflict).
  16. pushover (noun) – weakling, unworthy/feeble opponent.
  17. by all accounts (phrase) –  apparently, seemingly, ostensibly.
  18. plateau (noun) – an area of highland, high plain; flat terrain that is raised significantly above the surrounding area.
  19. deferential (adjective) – respectful, considerate, attentive/thoughtful.
  20. doldrums (noun) – a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, depression/despair.
  21. frenzied (adjective) – intense, uncontrolled, furious/wild.
  22. firefighting (noun) – an act of dealing problems as they come (instead of avoiding them strategically).
  23. notwithstanding (preposition) – in spite of, despite, regardless of.
  24. rhetoric (noun) – bombast, loftiness, hyperbole/extravagant language.
  25. ill-equipped (adjective) – not ready, unready, off guard.
  26. in sight (phrase) – (can) be achieved/realized.
  27. bang for the buck (phrase) – value for money.
  28. on auto-pilot (phrase) – inattentively, unheedingly, carelessly.
  29. oversight (noun) – inspection, supervision, control.
  30. revamp (verb) – mordenize/refurbish, improved, upgrade.
  31. lacunae – plural of lacuna (noun) – a gap/empty space; missing part of something.
  32. doctrine (noun) – principle, belief, rule.
  33. acquisition (noun) – purchase, procurement, collection.
  34. silo (noun) – system, process, department.
  35. partisan (adjective) – biased, prejudiced, one-sided.
  36. die down (phrasal verb) – come to an end, drop/stop, diminish.
  37. leave alone (phrase) – fail to look after, fail to care for, abandon/desert.
  38. replicate (verb) – copy, reproduce, duplicate.
  39. concede (verb) – admit, acknowledge, accept,/allow.
  40. top-heavy (adjective) – relating to a very large senior management team members (whose numbers are not in a proportion to the other employees in a organisation).
  41. well-oiled (adjective) – (especially of an organization) operating smoothly.
  42. precious little (phrase) – extremely little.
  43. ad hocism (noun) – actions/measures to deal with specific & urgent issues/situations only.
  44. hyper-nationalist (adjective) – relating to the extreme/excessive nationalism.
  45. credentials (noun) – experience, capability, accomplishments.
  46. appetite (noun) – desire/yearning, longing/liking, penchant.
  47. lacklustre (adjective) – dull; uninspired, uninteresting.
  48. non-existent (adjective) – imaginary, unreal, hypothetical.
  49. worse off (phrase) – less fortunate; in a disadvantageous position.
  50. coherent (adjective) – logical, reasonable, rational.

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