The Hindu Lead Article (Culture, increasingly fractured and unplanned) – May 28, 2021

The Hindu Lead Article (Culture, increasingly fractured and unplanned) – May 28, 2021

We have been given to understand from the publicly known plans for the “Central Vista Redevelopment Project”, that the National Museum of India is to occupy what are currently the South Block offices of the Prime Minister,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Culture, increasingly fractured and unplanned) – May 28, 2021.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Culture, increasingly fractured and unplanned) – May 28, 2021:

  1. increasingly (adverb) – more and more, steadily more, continuously more, gradually more.
  2. fractured (adjective) – broken, separated, divided, splintered.
  3. Central Vista (noun) – it is a grand redevelopment project for building what will be the power corridor of India, having a new Parliament building, a common central secretariat, and revamped three-km-long Rajpath, from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the India Gate.
  4. cultural district (noun) – A special area designated by the government that aims to foster thriving art and cultural sector.
  5. toss out (phrasal verb) – discard, remove, throw, put away.
  6. South & North Block (noun) – South Block is a metonym of the Prime Minister’s Office. North Block is a metonym of the Ministry of Finance, India. (The Secretariat Building (consists North & South Block) or Central Secretariat is where the Cabinet Secretariat is housed, which administers the Government of India. The South Block houses the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of External Affairs). The North Block primarily houses the Ministry of Finance and the Home Ministry). (Metonym is used as an alternative for something else with which it is closely related/associated).
  7. apparently (adverb) – seemingly, evidently, it appears that; supposedly.
  8. plaza (noun) – an open space in a built-up area; public square.
  9. vicinity (noun) – surrounding area, neighbourhood.
  10. sandwich (verb) – insert, pack, squeeze, press (between two things).
  11. premises (noun) – building and surrounding property/site.
  12. inevitable (adjective) – unavoidable, unpreventable, sure to happen.
  13. intersect (verb) – converge, meet, connect, come together.
  14. strategically (adverb) – in a way that is designed/planned to serve a particular purpose.
  15. intellectual repository (IR) (noun) – This is a digital collection of intellectual output, such as research articles, theses and teaching materials, produced by members of an institution, and stored on the institution’s server. An online archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital content of the intellectual output of an institution.
  16. repository (noun) – a store or storing place in which a particular quality may be found.
  17. The National Archives (noun) – The National Archives of India is the custodian of the records of the enduring value of the Government of India. It is the biggest archival repository in South Asia. It has a vast corpus of records viz., public records, private papers, oriental records, cartographic records, and microfilms, which constitute an invaluable source of information for scholars-administrators and users of archives.
  18. archive (noun) – records, annals, documents.
  19. awe (noun) – wonder, amazement, astonishment.
  20. disaggregation (noun) – a process of separating (something) into parts.
  21. leitmotif (noun) – subject, theme, talking point.
  22. pavilion (noun) – A detached or semi-detached block at a building complex.
  23. prized (adjective) – treasured, precious, valued.
  24. relegate (verb) – downgrade, lower, move down; banish, exile; demote, degrade, declass.
  25. split up (verb) – break up, separate, part, become estranged.
  26. await (verb) – wait for, expect, anticipate, look/hope for.
  27. rather than (phrase) – instead of.
  28. speak to (verb) – indicate, show, display, demonstrate, reveal.
  29. decade (noun) – a period of ten years.
  30. hyphenate (verb) – mention with a hyphen.
  31. identity (noun) – a social category, a set of persons marked by a label and distinguished by rules deciding membership and (alleged) characteristic features or attributes; individuality, character, originality.
  32. this and that (phrase) – various undefined things.
  33. think through (phrasal verb) – assess, contemplate, evaluate, ponder, reflect on.
  34. narrative (noun) – a representation of a particular situation; portrayal/account.
  35. decisive (adjective) – deciding, conclusive, determining, final.
  36. leave out (phrasal verb) – exclude, omit, miss out.
  37. aggregation (noun) – the joining of multiple things together.
  38. difference (noun) – disagreement, dispute, difference of opinion, misunderstanding, argument, quarrel.
  39. on the other hand (phrase) – as an alternative, or, as another option, as a substitute.
  40. deem (verb) – consider, regard as, view as; think.
  41. appropriate (adjective) – suitable, favourable, proper.
  42. archaeologist (noun) – an expert on history who gains expertise through experience with historical documents and artifacts.
  43. old-fashioned (adjective) – old, out of date, outdated.
  44. for instance (phrase) – as an example.
  45. contemporaneous (adjective) – happening in the same period of time.
  46. gone are the days (phrase) – to mean the time in the past that we could not find/get again.
  47. line up (phrasal verb) – have something ready/prepared; form a queue, queue up, form lines.
  48. pithiest superlative adjective of pithy (adjective) – succinct, short, brief, compact, significant, meaningful.
  49. iconography (noun) – visual symbols associated with somebody.
  50. dynasty (noun) – a family, bloodline; line of rulers.
  51. reign (noun) – rule, period in office, incumbency, leadership.
  52. move away from (phrasal verb) – change/alter one’s ideas/beliefs/views and so.
  53. succession (noun) – the process of inheriting something; accession, elevation; line of descent, line, descent, lineage.
  54. diverse (adjective) – very different, varying, multiple, sundry, dissimilar.
  55. fragile (adjective) – delicate, shaky, risky.
  56. Harappan (adjective) – relating to the Indus civilization, also called Indus valley civilization or Harappan civilization.
  57. terracotta (noun) – an object made of terracotta (fired clay).
  58. filigree (adjective) – a form of intricate metalwork used in jewellery and other small forms of metalwork.
  59. feat (noun) – achievement, accomplishment, attainment.
  60. epoch (noun) – era, period, time.
  61. Mesoamerican (adjective) – relating to the Mesoamerican civilization. (Mesoamerica is a historical region and cultural area in North America).
  62. Nasli Heeramaneck (proper name) – He was a Parsi-American art dealer, specializing in Asian and Pre-Columbian art. Some works collected by him are now held by the National Museum of New Delhi.
  63. manuscript (noun) – a handwritten book/document/script.
  64. birch-bark (adjective) – The bark of the birch tree.
  65. sheer (adjective) – total, complete, thorough.
  66. logistical (adjective) – relating to organization and planning of something.
  67. nightmare (noun) – very unpleasant or frightening experience; ordeal, horror, torment.
  68. refurbishment (noun) – renovation.
  69. undertake (verb) – begin, start; engage in, become involved in, take part in.
  70. conservation (noun) – preservation, protection, safeguarding.
  71. personnel (noun) – force, staff, employees, workforce.
  72. logger (noun) – an electronic device that records data (events/observations) systematially.
  73. curator (noun) – guardian, custodian, keeper, caretaker (of a museum).
  74. inventory (noun) – a complete list of items in stock.
  75. indemnification (noun) – compensation (for damage/loss).
  76. author (verb) – frame, formulate, think up, create.
  77. years on end (phrase) – if something happens for years on end, it happens continuously. 
  78. fraction (noun) – proportion, portion, part, percentage.
  79. inheritance (noun) – the passing on of something (traits, properties, etc,.) from parents to their offspring; legacy, bequest, endowment.
  80. shut down (phrasal verb) – cease activity, close down, cease operation.
  81. comparable (adjective) – similar, close, related, parallel.
  82. refurbish (verb) – renovate, recondition, make over, rehabilitate.
  83. exceptional (adjective) – special.
  84. curatorial (adjective) – relating to the selection & organization of a museum.
  85. state-of-the-art (adjective) – modern, advanced/highly developed, sophisticated.
  86. lay/put stress on (phrase) – to give importance to; to give attention to.
  87. ill-equipped (adjective) – not ready, unready, off guard.
  88. perhaps (adverb) – maybe, possibly.
  89. wise (adjective) – well advised, well thought out, well judged, rational, logical.
  90. at this moment in time (phrase) – now.
  91. unprecedented (adjective) – not done or experienced before.
  92. epitome (noun) – representation, model, classic example/case.
  93. in the balance (phrase) – at a critical/uncertain stage; uncertain, unknown, undetermined, critical.


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