The Hindu Lead Article (Pursuing national interests, at the UN high table) – Jan 27, 2021

The Hindu Lead Article (Pursuing national interests, at the UN high table) – Jan 27, 2021

India deserves a permanent seat at the high table of the United Nations, the UN Security Council (UNSC), but is almost sure not to have it anytime soon. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Pursuing national interests, at the UN high table) – Jan 27, 2021.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Pursuing national interests, at the UN high table) – Jan 27, 2021:

  1. pursue (verb) – engage in, conduct, follow.
  2. high table (noun) – a group with most important people. It exactly means (particularly in a dining hall of a college) a table put on a raised platform for most important people.
  3. quest (noun) – pursuit, search.
  4. reflect (verb) – indicate, show, reveal, exhibit.
  5. material (adjective) – relating to matter; relevant, applicable, pertinent (matter/resources).
  6. geopolitical (adjective) – relating to (the study of) the geographical factors (a country’s position on the earth, size, climate, and natural resources & etc.) in world politics and inter-state relations.
  7. UN Security Council (UNSC) (noun) – it is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, charged with ensuring international peace and security.
  8. stint (noun) – spell, period, term/time (in office).
  9. chimerical (adjective) – improbable, fantastically visionary; hoped for but illusory, impossible to achieve.
  10. platitude (noun) – a banal (usual/predictable) remark/statement; overworked saying, hackneyed saying, cliché, banality.
  11. dictate (verb) – determine, decide, control/dominate.
  12. “horseshoe” table (noun) – the famous “U” shaped table in the UN Security Council Chamber of the UN building, New York.
  13. room (noun) – scope, opportunity, chance (for something to happen).
  14. lofty (adjective) – noble, high, high-minded, worthy.
  15. ideal (noun) – principle, standard, rule of living, moral value, belief.
  16. fruition (noun) – realization, achievement, accomplishment/completion.
  17. elite (noun as modifier) – high society people; the group of most powerful people in a society.
  18. rhetoric (noun) – the art of speaking or writing effectively & persuasively or impressively (but, often lacking substance); bombast, loftiness, hyperbole/extravagant language.
  19. world/international/global 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.
  20. systemic (adjective) – constructional, organizational, systematic.
  21. uncertainty (noun) – unpredictability, unreliability, riskiness/precariousness.
  22. commons (noun) – resources belonging to or affecting the whole world/society.
  23. division (noun) – disunity, conflict, discord, disagreement.
  24. bloc (noun) – alliance, association, union.
  25. unabashed (adjective) – audacious, fearless, unconcerned, bold.
  26. pursuit (noun) – quest for, search for, chase after, hunt for.
  27. narrow (adjective) – narrow-minded, intolerant, illiberal, short-sighted, myopic.
  28. backburner (noun) – delayed consideration of an action; A state of being postponed, deferred or given lower priority.
  29. inaugurated (adjective) – admitted (to office), installed, instated, inducted.
  30. Paris Agreement/Accord (noun) – The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention (agreement) and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. The Paris Agreement central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  31. Iran nuclear deal (or) Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) (noun) – JCPOA, known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, is an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on 14 July 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) together with the European Union.
  32. go on to (phrasal verb) – proceed, continue.
  33. ameliorate (verb) – make better, enhance, improve (a bad or unpleasant situation).
  34. dog eat dog (phrase) – cruel, heartless, hard-hearted, uncaring.
  35. malaise (noun) – trouble, uneasiness, unhappiness, depression.
  36. set in (phrasal verb) – begin/start, develop, become established, get under way, settle in (something unpleasant or unwelcome).
  37. outlive (verb) – outlast, survive, endure, withstand, live through.
  38. relevance (noun) – significance, importance.
  39. let alone (phrase) – to say nothing of; not to mention.
  40. live up to (phrasal verb) – satisfy, fulfil, achieve, meet.
  41. ardent (adjective) – passionate, avid, impassioned, fervent.
  42. fantastical (adjective) – imaginative, fanciful.
  43. harmony (noun) – unity, solidarity, cooperation, agreement/concord.
  44. timid (adjective) – easily frightened, lacking courage, fearful, apprehensive.
  45. bystander (noun) – onlooker, passer-by, spectator.
  46. contemporary (adjective) – current, present-day, present-time.
  47. resolute (adjective) – determined, firm, resolved, strong-minded.
  48. wherewithal (noun) – resources, means.
  49. heft (noun) – influence, ability; weight/strength.
  50. consensus (noun) – an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group, agreement, concurrence.
  51. centre stage (noun) – centre of attention, spotlight, public eye.
  52. downside (noun) – drawback, disadvantage, stumbling block/negative.
  53. realism (noun) – pragmatism, practicality, matter-of-factness.
  54. attribute (noun) – quality, feature, characteristic, trait, element, aspect.
  55. reflective (adjective) – providing a reflection/indication/display/demonstration.
  56. stem from (phrasal verb) – originate from, arise/come from, emanate from.
  57. dynamics (noun) – basic/fundamental cause or force which triggers change within a system.
  58. tenure (noun) – incumbency, term of office, period in office.
  59. in the wake of (phrase) – as a result of some event, especially an unpleasant one; in the aftermath of, as a consequence of, on account of, because of, owing to.
  60. rivalry (noun) – opposition, antagonism, enmity.
  61. counter-terrorism (noun) – anti-terrorism; actions taken to combat or prevent terrorism.
  62. Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) (noun) – it was established by Security Council resolution 1373 (2001), which was adopted unanimously on 28 September 2001 in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States. The Committee, comprising all 15 Security Council members, was tasked with monitoring implementation of resolution 1373 (2001), which requested countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities at home, in their regions and around the world.
  63. precursor (noun) –  sign, signal, indication.
  64. push back (phrasal verb) – force back, repel, fight off.
  65. aggression (noun) – hostility, belligerence, combativeness, warmongering, hawkishness.
  66. gulf (noun) – gap, division, difference.
  67. given (preposition) – considering, taking into account, bearing in mind.
  68. sit on the fence (phrase) – undecided, uncommitted, uncertain, unsure.
  69. goodwill (noun) – cooperation, collaboration, friendliness, mutual support.
  70. by the day (phrase) – gradually.
  71. vis-à-vis (preposition) – concerning, with regard to, in relation to, as/in comparison with, in connection with (Vis-à-vis from Latin via. French, means literally “face-to-face).
  72. incursion (noun) – intrusion, trespass, infiltration.
  73. Line of Actual Control (LAC) (noun) – the de-facto (effective) border between India and China. The LAC is a 4,057-km border running through three areas-Western (Ladakh, Ladakh (Kashmir)), middle (Uttarakhand, Himachal) and eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal).
  74. build up (phrasal verb) – establish, set up, form/create.
  75. mobilise (verb) – bring (resources) into use for a particular purpose/cause.
  76. land grab (noun) – a process of obtaining land unethically & self-seekingly (selfishly).
  77. unabated (adjective) –non-stop, never-ending, steady, uninterrupted.
  78. Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001) (noun) – United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373, adopted unanimously on 28 September 2001, is a counter-terrorism measure passed following the 11 September terrorist attacks on the United States. The resolution was adopted under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, and is therefore binding on all UN member states.
  79. establishment (noun) – setting up, start, formation.
  80. set the stage for (phrase) – prepare the circumstances for the beginning of something.
  81. propagate (verb) – spread, disseminate, communicate.
  82. cover up (phrasal verb) – conceal, hide, camouflage (a mistake or crime).
  83. culpable (adjective) – guilty, at fault, accountable/responsible for misconduct.
  84. chair (noun) – The post of a chairperson.
  85. Taliban sanctions committee (noun) – also known as the 1988 Sanctions Committee; The 1988 Sanctions Committee relating to Taliban oversees the sanctions measures imposed by the Security Council. Individuals and entities are designated on the 1988 Sanctions List as individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with the Taliban in constituting a threat to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan. The listed entities and individuals are subject to an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.
  86. new-found (adjective) – recently discovered; recently established.
  87. discourse (noun) – discussion, conversation, communication, expression.
  88. far more (phrase) – a lot more, much more.
  89. diplomatic (adjective) – (delicate & sensitive) consular, foreign-policy.
  90. finesse (noun) – tactfulness, delicacy, diplomacy.
  91. nuance (noun) – fine distinction, subtle difference/subtlety/nicety, subtle variation.
  92. chair (verb) – preside over, lead, control/direct.
  93. court (verb) – seek, try to obtain, pursue, go after, work towards.
  94. more so (phrase) – it means that to a greater degree.
  95. nuanced (adjective) – delicate, subtle.
  96. sustain (verb) – continue, carry on, keep up, keep going.
  97. insurgency (noun) – uprising, revolt, rebellion.
  98. put differently (phrase) – express differently, put/express in other words.
  99. make one’s mark (phrase) – be successful, distinguish oneself, succeed, make good, achieve recognition, attain distinction.
  100. intellectual (adjective) – intelligent, clever, knowledgeable; cultured, cultivated, civilized.
  101. coherence (noun) – clarity, consistency, orderliness, unity.
  102. engagement (noun) – participation, taking part, involvement.
  103. like-minded (adjective) – compatible, closely connected, well suited.
  104. set out (phrasal verb) – present, describe, set forth.
  105. climate change (noun) – a long-term change in the Earth’s climate, or of a region on Earth (Courtesy: NASA).
  106. non-proliferation (noun) – prevention of the spread of  something (nuclear weapons, weapons technology & etc.).
  107. bargaining power (noun) – the relative ability of parties in a situation to exert influence over each other.
  108. strategy (noun) – plan of action (in order to achieve a more expansive set of political, economic, and security interests).
  109. narrative (noun) – a representation of a particular situation; portrayal/account.
  110. centrality (noun) – the quality of being in the middle of something.
  111. The Indo-Pacific region (noun) – the Indo-Pacific region refers to the confluence (convergence) of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, which interconnect in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and more).
  112. take something upon oneself (phrase) – to assume the right to do or responsibility for (something).
  113. assuage (verb) – relieve, alleviate, moderate/reduce.
  114. temper (verb) – moderate, modify, tone down, mitigate, soften.
  115. sobering (adjective) – serious/sensible, thoughtful; logical/realistic, pragmatic.
  116. unlikely (adjective) – doubtful, dubious, implausible.
  117. contingent on (adjective) – dependent, conditional.
  118. irrefutable (adjective) – indisputable, undeniable, unquestionable.
  119. cursory (adjective) – casual, brief.
  120. bend over backwards (phrase) – try, attempt, aspire to do/achieve something fairly.
  121. make a difference (phrase) – be important, have a significant effect on, to cause a change.


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