The Hindu Lead Article (Cease the distractions, seize the moment) – Apr 16, 2020

The Hindu Lead Article (Cease the distractions, seize the moment) – Apr 16, 2020

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Cease the distractions, seize the moment) – Apr 16, 2020:

  1. cease (verb) – bring to an end/halt/stop, conclude, terminate.
  2. seize (verb) – take hold of, snatch, grab, capture (suddenly).
  3. seize the moment (phrase) – to make the most of today (present moment); to take full advantage (of opportunities).
  4. symbolic (adjective) – serving as a symbol; emblematic, suggestive, illustrative.
  5. Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) – it was introduced by Government of India in December 1993. The objective is to enable the Members of Parliament (MP) to suggest and get executed developmental works of capital nature based on locally felt needs with emphasis on creation of durable assets. (Courtesy:
  6. purportedly (adverb) – allegedly, reportedly, supposedly.
  7. COVID-19 (noun) – coronavirus disease 2019.
  8. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  9. cosmetic (adjective) – superficial, outward, external; appealing, attractive (but not fundamental/functional).
  10. constituency allowance (noun) – allowance paid to meet constituency-related expenses (travelling to different places of the constituency to carry out his duties).
  11. sumptuary allowance (noun) – allowance paid to compensate for expenses incurred on account of entertaining visitors.
  12. sumptuary (adjective) – (of a law) regulating (personal) expenditures.
  13. immaterial (adjective) – irrelevant, unimportant, insignificant.
  14. deliberate (verb) – think about, ponder, consider.
  15. epidemic (noun) – widespread disease/illness; outbreak, plague, scourge.
  16. cost consequence analysis (CCA) (noun) – This analysis compares the costs (such as treatment and hospital care) and the consequences (such as health outcomes) of a test or treatment with a suitable alternative.
  17. figure out (phrasal verb) – find an answer to, solve, find an solution to.
  18. mechanism (noun) – procedure, process, method/technique.
  19. lockdown (noun) – an emergency protocol implemented by the authorities that prevents people from leaving from a place; An extended state of confinement/encirclement/isolation of a person by the authority.
  20. resume (verb) – restart, return to, come back to.
  21. virtually (adverb) – using computers. In general virtually means effectively, practically.
  22. scrutinise (verb) – examine carefully, inspect; investigate.
  23. oversight (noun) – overseeing, management, administration, supervision.
  24. adjourn (verb) – postpone, put off, defer/delay.
  25. curfew (noun) – a rule which is instructing people to stay at home, typically at night.
  26. in view of (phrase) – in the light of, owing to, considering.
  27. unfold (verb) – occur, happen, take place.
  28. implications (noun) – consequence/outcome, ramification, repercussion.
  29. remarkably (adverb) – strikingly, exceptionally, incredibly.
  30. unchecked (adjective) – uncontrolled, unconstrained, unrestricted.
  31. in brief (phrase) – in a word, in short, in essence.
  32. abdicate (verb) – reject, renounce, give up, avoid.
  33. gesture (noun) – action, deed, sign.
  34. accountability (noun) – responsibility, liability, answerability.
  35. jurisdiction (noun) – authority, control/power, administration.
  36. impinge on (verb) – influence, have an effect on, encroach on.
  37. horizontally (adverb) – equally (across all departments).
  38. organ (noun) – department.
  39. vertically (adverb) – hierarchically; in a way arranged in a hierarchy (different levels/ranks).
  40. sanction (verb) – approve, permit, support/endorse.
  41. accountable (adjective) – responsible, liable, answerable.
  42. micro-manage (verb) – to control every part of an activity.
  43. hyper-local (adjective) – relating to a problem in a small, very specific, local area/community.
  44. protocol (noun) – procedure, convention, rules of conduct.
  45. in line with (phrase) – in alignment with, in accordance with.
  46. pale (adjective) – seem less significant or important, seem less serious.
  47. pale in comparison to (phrase) – to seem less important or serious when compared with something else.
  48. perk (noun) – a benefit (perquisite/bonus/gratuity/reward/extra) someone gets from the job (apart from regular wages/salary).
  49. transparent (adjective) – straightforward, clear/candid, unconcealed, noticeable.
  50. take on (phrasal verb) – undertake, tackle, shoulder, assume.
  51. do away with (phrasal verb) – abolish, discard, remove.
  52. representative democracy (noun) – a type of democracy in which citizenry vote for government representatives to handle legislation and ruling the country on their behalf. citizenry (noun) – all the people/citizens (of a place/country considered as a whole).
  53. robust (adjective) – strong, powerful.
  54. fiercely (adverb) – aggressively, mightily, supremely.


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