The Hindu Lead Article (Forging a new India-U.S. modus vivendi) – Feb 22, 2020

The Hindu Lead Article (Forging a new India-U.S. modus vivendi) – Feb 22, 2020

It is easy to be contrarian about U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to India early next week, given his idiosyncrasies,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Forging a new India-U.S. modus vivendi) – Feb 22, 2020.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Forging a new India-U.S. modus vivendi) – Feb 22, 2020:

  1. forge (verb) – create, establish, set up, build.
  2. modus vivendi/modi vivendi (noun) – agreement, deal, understanding, settlement (between two conflicting parties); Modus vivendi is a Latin phrase that literally means “mode of living” or “way of life”.
  3. organic (adjective) – structured, organized, systematic.
  4. rules-based world order (noun) – it might refer to the norms that the United States expects other states to adhere to as they deal with each other, because they have the greatest military power in the world. It might also refer to the rules of international relations that are established by international organisations such as the United Nations, and decisions made by international courts. From another perspective, a rules-based global order could be defined from a human rights, political, economic, environmental or other context that governs the behaviour of different states.
  5. contrarian (adjective) – a person who is opposing, rejecting, dissenting (popular opinion).
  6. idiosyncrasy (noun) – peculiar behaviour; peculiarity/irregularity, oddity/eccentricity.
  7. rambunctious (adjective) – unrestrained, uncontrollable, ungovernable.
  8. roughshod (adjective) – vehement, fierce, forceful, vigorous.
  9. perhaps (adverb) – maybepossibly.
  10. quest (noun) – search, pursuit; mission.
  11. substance (noun) – the quality of being important/significant.
  12. admittedly (adverb) – actually, truly/verily, indeed.
  13. parsimonious (adjective) – illiberal, ungenerous, close-fisted.
  14. accord (verb) – give, grant, present. 
  15. gravitas (noun) – dignity, decorum, grandeur/gravity, seriousness.
  16. over the top (phrase) – exaggerated, extravagant, over the limit, going to far.
  17. unbridled (adjective) – unrestrained, unconstrained, uncontrolled.
  18. impeachment (noun) – the act of charging or accusing (a public official) with a crime done while in office.
  19. surge (noun) – sudden increase, rise, growth.
  20. reputation (noun) – status, position, prestige.
  21. beat the odds (phrase) – succeed even when you don’t have a great chance to do so.
  22. fratricidal (adjective) – relating to conflict within a single family or organization.
  23. hopeful (noun) – a person who likely to succeed.
  24. cutting-edge (adjective) – state-of-the-art, innovational, pioneering, revolutionary.
  25. asymmetrical (adjective) – irregular, unequal, differing.
  26. autonomy (noun) – self-determination, freedom, independence (from external control/influence).
  27. weight (noun) – importance, significance, value/power.
  28. foresight (noun) – forethought, anticipation, planning.
  29. wisdom (noun) – knowledge, astuteness, acumen, perception/foresight.
  30. imagery (noun) – symbolism, image.
  31. communism (noun) – socialism, collectivism.
  32. invade (verb) – assail, attack, take over.
  33. deem (verb) – regard as, consider; view as.
  34. Iron Curtain (noun) – Winston Churchill popularized the now-famous phrase “the iron curtain,” a metaphor he used to describe the Soviet Union’s imperialist ambitions and the spread of communism into its satellite states.
  35. consequence (noun) – outcome, ramification, repercussion.
  36. willy-nilly (adverb) – whether one likes it or not, one way or the other, of necessity, necessarily; randomly.
  37. tributary system (noun) – a system in which one country praising/paying tribute to another country.
  38. estrangement (noun) – disaffection, hostility, alienation, isolation.
  39. 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 (the United States and a group of countries) and powers in the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and a group of countries).
  40. cast a shadow on (phrase) – spoil, diminish, let down.
  41. non-proliferation (noun) – the action of stopping something (particularly of nuclear weapons by the countries).
  42. festering (adjective) – fuming, simmering, smouldering, brewing (suppressed distress).
  43. humiliation (noun) – indignity, dishonour, insult, offence.
  44. conventional wisdom (noun) – a generally accepted belief.
  45. elite (noun) – high society people; the group of most powerful people in a society.
  46. outdated (adjective) – out of date, old-fashioned, outmoded.
  47. consensus (noun) – an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group. agreement, concurrence.
  48. mainstream (noun) – the ideas, attitudes, or activities that are accepted/recognized by most people as a normal/conventional.
  49. notwithstanding (preposition) – in spite of, despite, regardless of that.
  50. internment (adjective) – detention, custody, captivity (for political reasons).
  51. tilt (noun) – inclination, bias.
  52. gesture (noun) – action, deed, sign.
  53. uncharacteristic (adjective) – unusual, uncommon, unconventional.
  54. effusively (adverb) – in an unrestrained or heartfelt/enthusiastic manner.
  55. geostrategic (adjective) – relating to the strategy of dealing with geopolitical issues.
  56. outlook (noun) – point of view, way of thinking, perspective.
  57. entente (noun) – French; (friendly) understanding.
  58. prospect (noun) – chance, probability, possibility.
  59. hegemonic (adjective) – dominant in a context.
  60. cement (verb) – connect, attach, join.
  61. alienate (verb) – set/drive apart, separate, disunite.
  62. bilaterally (adverb) – between two countries involved.
  63. wreck (verb) – ruin, destroy, damage.
  64. ignorance (noun) – incomprehension, unawareness, lack of knowledge.
  65. insolence (noun) – lack of civility, discourtesy, impoliteness, rudeness.
  66. go against (phrasal verb) – oppose, be contrary to.
  67. deepen (verb) – increase, intensify, escalate.
  68. accomplishment (noun) – achievement, triumph.
  69. encrypt (verb) – convert (information or data) into a code.
  70. privileged (adjective) – granted special rights.
  71. exponential (adjective) – rapid, quickfast.
  72. inauguration (noun) – initiation, formation, beginning of something.
  73. maritime (adjective) – of or related to the sea.
  74. point out (phrasal verb) – identify, recognize, draw attention to, mention.
  75. potential (noun) – possibility, potentiality, prospects.
  76. centrepiece (noun) – central component, focal point, best part.
  77. bipartisan (adjective) – involving cooperation between two (opposite & big)  political parties.
  78. prevail (verb) – exist, be in existence, be present.
  79. to be sure (phrase) – used to emphasis.
  80. imprimatur (noun) – authorization, approval, consent/blessing.
  81. proactive (adjective) – aggressive, intense, passionate.
  82. South Block (noun) – South Block is a metonym of the Prime Minister’s Office. (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 Blockhouses the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of External Affairs). (Metonym is used as an alternative for something else with which it is closely related/associated).
  83. diaspora (noun) – the people who spread/scatter from their own country to places across the world.
  84. constituency (noun) – a group of voters/supporters in a specified area.
  85. retreat (noun) – withdrawal, pulling back, backdown, retraction.
  86. multilateralism (noun) – a method of coordinating relations between groups of three or more states (countries).
  87. contemporary (adjective) – modern, present-day, current, present-time.
  88. undeniable (adjective) – unquestionable, beyond doubt, inarguable.


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