The Hindu Lead Article (At the UNSC, a three-point agenda) – Jul 18, 2019

The Hindu Lead Article (At the UNSC, a three-point agenda) – Jul 18, 2019

India’s singular objective as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2021-22 should be to help build a stable and secure external environment. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (At the UNSC, a three-point agenda) – Jul 18, 2019.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (At the UNSC, a three-point agenda) – Jul 18, 2019:

  1. consensus (noun) – an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group. agreement, concurrence.
  2. outlier (noun) – a person/thing which is  detached from the main system.
  3. leverage (verb) – use, make use of, utilize (to maximum gain).
  4. bristling (adjective) – aggressively tense, rough.
  5. insurgency (noun) – uprising, revolt, rebellion.
  6. narcotic (noun) – illegal drugs, painkiller, pain reliever.
  7. trafficking (noun) – the activity of buying and selling goods/animal/people illegally; trading, dealing.
  8. rivalry (noun) – opposition, conflict, stifle/friction.
  9. cataclysmic (adjective) – disastrous, catastrophic, devastating.
  10. turmoil (noun) – trouble, disturbance, upheaval/disorder.
  11. turbulence (noun) – turmoil, troubles, disturbance.
  12. echo (verb) – repeat, say again, restate/reiterate.
  13. unmistakable (adjective) – distinctive, distinct, well defined.
  14. unravel (verb) – resolve, solve, uncover/unfold.
  15. sustenance (noun) – means of support, support, maintenance.
  16. sanctuary (noun) – refuge, haven, hideout/hiding place.
  17. contiguity (noun) – closeness, nearness, presence.
  18. mistrust (noun) – suspicion, distrust, misgivings.
  19. misperception (noun) – wrong understanding/interpretation.
  20. architecture (noun) – structure, construction, formation.
  21. primordial (adjective) – instinctive, primitive, basic/fundamental.
  22. instinct (noun) – inclination, desire, tendency/urge.
  23. espouse (verb) – adopt, embrace; support/endorse (a cause).
  24. grapple with (phrasal verb) – tackle with, face, deal with (a difficulty).
  25. benign (adjective) – kind, good-natured, friendly, warm; favourable, advantageous, beneficial.
  26. the Cold War (noun) – The Cold War was a state of political and military tension after World War II between powers in the Western Bloc and powers in the Eastern Bloc.
  27. pejorative (adjective) – disapproving, insulting, disparaging.
  28. connotation (noun) – implication, feeling, (hidden) meaning.
  29. currency (noun) – the time in use/operation.
  30. populism (noun) – related to policies that supposedly represent the opinions of ordinary people (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  31. polarisation (noun) – separation of two contrasting groups (based on different opinions/beliefs).
  32. ultra-nationalism (noun) – extreme nationalism (hyper-nationalism).
  33. world order (noun) – the arrangement of power and authority that provides the system for the conduct of diplomacy and world politics in relation to the entire world.
  34. profound (adjective) – deep-seated, basic, fundamental, radical, extensive. 
  35. impending (adjective) – at hand, near/close; approaching/forthcoming.
  36. sovereign (adjective) – independent, self-governing, autonomous.
  37. fritter away (phrasal verb) – squander, waste, misuse.
  38. diplomatic (adjective) – (delicate & sensitive) consular, foreign-policy, political.
  39. elusive (adjective) – difficult to find; subtle, indistinct/intangible.
  40. apportionment (noun) – distribution, allocation, sharing.
  41. minuscule (adjective) – very small, insignificant, negligible.
  42. deficit (noun) – shortfall, deficiency, shortage.
  43. climate change (noun) – a long-term change in the Earth’s climate, or of a region on Earth (Courtesy: NASA).
  44. perils (noun) – difficulties, dangers, risks.
  45. invoke (verb) – cite, refer to, adduce.
  46. humanitarian (adjective) – compassionate, humane, socially concerned.
  47. interventionism (noun) – a policy of non-defensive (proactive) activity undertaken by a nation-state, or other geo-political jurisdiction of a lesser or greater nature, to manipulate an economy and/or society.
  48. mayhem (noun) – chaos, disorder, turmoil/unrest.
  49. repressive (adjective) – oppressive, dominating/coercive, authoritarian/draconian.
  50. yardstick (noun) – standard, point of reference, guideline.
  51. fragile (adjective) – weak, shaky/risky, feeble/unsound.
  52. warrant (verb) – justify, vindicate, validate.
  53. sanctions (noun) – action taken, or an order given to force a country to obey international laws by limiting or stopping trade with that country, by not allowing economic aid for that country, etc (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  54. multilateral (adjective) – involving many different countries (in which all WTO member countries are party to the agreement).
  55. pursuant to (adverb) – in accordance with (a law).
  56. pursue (verb) – engage in, follow, conduct.
  57. rational (adjective) – logical, sensible, reasonable.
  58. constitutionalism (noun) – limited/restrained/controlled government.
  59. sine qua non (noun) – necessity, principles, essential item.
  60. harmonise (verb) – coordinate, integrate, make compatible/ bring in line with.
  61. disarmament (noun) – demilitarization, limitation/reduction/deactivation of military weapons.
  62. inception (noun) – establishment, institution, formation/initiation.
  63. polycentrism (noun) – a political or cultural system which contains many different centres, especially centres of authority or control.
  64. hinder (verb) – obstruct, impede, inhibit.
  65. embrace (verb) – accept, be in favour of, support.
  66. muscle (noun) – strength, power, muscularity.
  67. apolarity (noun) – The condition of being apolar (having no polarity).
  68. unipolarity (noun) – in international politics, unipolarity is a distribution of power in which one state (country) exercises most of the cultural, economic, and military influence.
  69. duopoly (noun) – it is used to describe any market where two firms dominate.
  70. anathema (noun) – a curse; bane, evil.
  71. hegemonic (adjective) – dominant in a political/social context.
  72. intent on (verb) – determined, fixed, keen.
  73. carve out (phrasal verb) – create, establish, take out (something with effort from a whole).
  74. sphere (noun) – field, area, domain.
  75. stride (verb) – (long) step, proceed, move.
  76. lift/on one’s game (phrase) – play/perform well.
  77. reliance (noun) – dependence; trust/confidence on something.


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