The Hindu Lead Article (The real significance of the Biden win) – Nov 10, 2020

The Hindu Lead Article (The real significance of the Biden win) – Nov 10, 2020

The Indian media has analysed the impact of a Joe Biden presidency on relations between the United States and India in some detail. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (The real significance of the Biden win) – Nov 10, 2020.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (The real significance of the Biden win) – Nov 10, 2020:

  1. ties (noun) – bond, association, relationship.
  2. commentator (noun) – critic, analyst, observer.
  3. potential (adjective) – possible, likely, probable.
  4. ally (noun) – partner, supporter, confederate.
  5. neighbourhood (noun) – (surrounding) area, region, district/country.
  6. counter-terrorism (noun) – anti-terrorism; actions taken to combat or prevent terrorism.
  7. climate change (noun) – a long-term change in the Earth’s climate, or of a region on Earth (Courtesy: NASA).
  8. free pass (noun) – an approval of free admission.
  9. counterpart (noun) – equivalent, equal (person); fellow, peer.
  10. nuance (noun) – fine distinction, subtle difference/subtlety/nicety, subtle variation.
  11. projection (noun) – estimate, forecast, prediction, calculation.
  12. be no exception (phrase) – as same as all others.
  13. period (noun) – and that’s that, and that is the end of the matter,
  14. strive (verb) – try, attempt, make every effort.
  15. 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).
  16. stress (verb) – emphasize, draw attention to, focus attention on, underline, highlight.
  17. outline (verb) – indicate, summarize.
  18. act upon (phrasal verb) – take action considering something, act in accordance with something.
  19. frustratingly (adverb) – irritatingly.
  20. breakthrough (noun) – very important/significant development or progress.
  21. (be) coupled with (verb) – combine, integrate, connect, incorporate, link.
  22. baffle (verb) – perplex, puzzle, bewilder, mystify, confuse.
  23. stake (verb) – risk, put on, gamble.
  24. political capital (noun) – it refers to the goodwill, trust and influence that politicians earn or build up with the public through the pursuit of policies that people like or respect.
  25. sit up (phrasal verb) – to start paying attention (quickly).
  26. lever (noun) – a way of pressurizing someone into doing something.
  27. considerable (adjective) – substantial, appreciable, significant, much.
  28. deepen (verb) – grow, increase, intensify.
  29. strategic partnership (noun) – it is a long-term interaction between two countries based on political, economic, social and historical factors (Courtesy: IDSA (Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses)).
  30. Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) (noun) – a group of nuclear supplier countries that seeks to contribute to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons through the implementation of two sets of Guidelines for nuclear exports and nuclear-related exports.
  31. East Asia summit (EAS) (noun) – a unique Leaders-led forum of 18 countries of the Asia-Pacific region formed to further the objectives of regional peace, security and prosperity. It has evolved as a forum for strategic dialogue and cooperation on political, security and economic issues of common regional concern and plays an important role in the regional architecture. Established in 2005, EAS allows the principal players in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss issues of common interest and concern, in an open and transparent manner, at the highest level.
  32. engagement (noun) – participation, taking part, involvement; meeting, session.
  33. whittle away/down (phrasal verb) – reduce, cut down, lessen, decrease.
  34. surgical strike (noun) – the military attack aimed to cause damage on a particular target with small/no collateral damage to surroundings.
  35. astonish (verb) – amaze, astound, stagger, shock.
  36. quiescence (noun) – inactivity, dormancy.
  37. intrusion (noun) – encroachment, trespass, violation.
  38. arguably (adverb) – possibly, conceivably, maybe, potentially.
  39. grave (adjective) – terrible, awful, alarming, gloomy.
  40. Sino-Indian war (1962) (noun) – also known as the Indo-China War and Sino-Indian Border Conflict, was a war between China and India that occurred in 1962. A Chinese disputed Himalayan border was the main cause of the war.
  41. gesture (noun) – action, deed, sign.
  42. strategist (noun) – someone skilled in planning action/policy (especially in  politics/war).
  43. preceding (adjective) – previous, prior, earlier.
  44. liberal (adjective) – progressive, forward-looking, forward-thinking.
  45. purported (adjective) – alleged, claimed, professed, pretended.
  46. realist (noun) – a person who believes in the theory of realism (pragmatism, practicality, matter-of-factness).
  47. indeed (adverb) – in fact, actually.
  48. accrue (verb) – accumulate, collect, gather, receive.
  49. credit (noun) – praise, commendation, acclaim, regard.
  50. cause (noun) – motive, purpose, reason. 
  51. speculation (noun) – prediction, guesswork, opinion/thought. 
  52. mount (verb) – increase, grow, rise, escalate.
  53. lamentable (adjective) – unfortunate, distressing, grievous, appalling.
  54. rival (noun) – opponent, adversary, contender, competitor.
  55. McCarthy era (noun) – In the McCarthy era of the 1950s, anti-Communism created an atmosphere of fear which allowed political actors to accrue greater powers over the American population. McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason, especially when related to communism, without proper regard for evidence.
  56. rife (adjective) – widespread, general, common, universal, extensive, ubiquitous.
  57. high on one’s list (phrase) – important, major, significant (& about to be dealt with ahead of others).
  58. heal (verb) – lessen, mitigate, alleviate; put right, set right, remedy, resolve.
  59. revive (verb) – restore, revitalize, reinstate, bring back.
  60. evolve (verb) – develop, progress, advance gradually.
  61. calibrated (adjective) – carefully assessed/analysed.
  62. multilateral (adjective) – involving many different countries/parties/organizations.
  63. further (verb) – promote, advance, forward, develop.
  64. put one’s house in order (phrase) – improve one’s own behaviour before criticizing others.
  65. virtually (adverb) – practically, nearly, almost.
  66. devastate (verb) – destroy, ruin, wreak havoc on, demolish.
  67. autocratic (adjective) – undemocratic, totalitarian/authoritarian, tyrannical, oppressive.
  68. polarised (adjective) – separated into opposing two.
  69. compassion (noun) – concern, consideration, humanity.
  70. decency (noun) – correctness, morality, dignity, propriety.
  71. take to heart (phrase) – think about something seriously, often because it upsets you.
  72. slide (noun) – fall, drop, plunge/descend (to a lower level). 
  73. autocracy (noun) – absolute power, totalitarianism, dictatorship.
  74. desperately (adverb) – seriously, urgently, eagerly, intensely.
  75. rather than (phrase) – instead of.
  76. instinct (noun) – (natural) tendency, inclination, urge/desire.
  77. civility (noun) – politeness, good manners, mannerliness.
  78. strike a chord (phrase) – cause someone to remember something related to him/her in a certain way; arouse an emotional feeling to something (either positively or negatively).
  79. sink (verb) – become lower, get lower (in quality).
  80. demonisation (noun) – the depiction or portrayal of someone/something as bad/threatening.
  81. hate-filled (adjective) – very hostile, full of hatred.
  82. takeaway (noun) – a key point/idea/fact.
  83. judiciary (noun) – a branch of government in which judicial power is vested.
  84. cow (usually be cowed) (verb) – frighten or threaten someone to do somethingintimidate, browbeat, bully, overawe.
  85. pave the way/road for (phrase) – make preparations for, make provision for, lay the foundations for.
  86. reinforce (verb) – strengthen, fortify, bolster up, underpin.


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