The Hindu Lead Article (The return of the expert) – Apr 02, 2020

The Hindu Lead Article (The return of the expert) – Apr 02, 2020

The expert is back in public discourse. Dismissed until recently as an enemy, a self-indulgent blabber,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (The return of the expert) – Apr 02, 2020.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (The return of the expert) – Apr 02, 2020:

  1. unintended (adjective) – unplanned, unexpected, accidental.
  2. 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.
  3. discourse (noun) – discussion, conversation, talk, debate, communication.
  4. dismiss (verb) – disregard, banish, shrug off, pay no heed to.
  5. self-indulgent (adjective) – pleasure-seeking, unrestrained, immoderate, extravagant/luxurious.
  6. blabber (noun) – a person who talks non-stop; motormouth, gossipmonger.
  7. armchair (adjective)  – relating to a person with more theoretical knowledge than practical experience of a particular subject.
  8. intellectual (noun) – learned person, academic, scholar.
  9. ally (noun) – partner, supporter, accomplice/confederate.
  10. flamboyant (adjective) – showy, swashbuckling, extravagant, energetic/vibrant.
  11. ignorance (noun) – incomprehension, unawareness, inexperience, lack of knowledge.
  12. populist (adjective) – relating to the politicians who claim that they are representing the common/ordinary people.
  13. berate (verb) – criticize, reprimand, censure, castigate angrily.
  14. speak of (verb) – mention, refer to, remark on, discuss.
  15. tyranny (noun) – absolute power, autocracy, dictatorship.
  16. sing someone’s praise (phrase) – to praise someone enthusiastically.
  17. coronavirus (CoV)(noun) – a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. (Courtesy: WHO)
  18. blameless (adjective) – faultless, exemplary, perfect, upright.
  19. exempt (adjective) – free from, not liable to, not subject to.
  20. expertise (noun) – skill, prowess, competence, knowledge/mastery.
  21. rely on (phrasal verb) – depend on; resort to, have recourse to.
  22. yield (verb) – give, provide, produce.
  23. in turn (phrase) – in succession, successively, sequentially, as a result.
  24. nurture (verb) – encourage, stimulate, foster, support.
  25. hone (verb) – sharpen, refine, perfect, give greater strength, give firmness to.
  26. acquisition (noun) – acquiring/learning/developing of a skill.
  27. time-consuming (adjective) – arduous, demanding, challenging.
  28. constructive (adjective) – positive, useful, helpful.
  29. imbibe (verb) – assimilate, absorb, take in/acquire, learn, grasp (knowledge).
  30. role-occupant (noun) – the holder of a particular role.
  31. bearer (noun) – a person who holds something.
  32. excellence (noun) – distinction, merit/value/worth, high quality, greatness.
  33. measure up (verb) – fulfil expectations, achieve the required standard, do well; achieve.
  34. raise the bar (phrase) – increase/raise the standards that others to meet/qualify.
  35. incessant (adjective) – constant, continuous, non-stop, persistent.
  36. imaginative (adjective) – creative, insightful, ingenious, inventive.
  37. pass on (phrasal verb) – to give someone something that someone else has given you.
  38. in short (phrase) – briefly, in essence, in sum.
  39. virtue (noun) – good point, good quality, attribute, talent, merit.
  40. legitimate (adjective) – valid, reasonable, reliable.
  41. stature (noun) – reputation, status/position, influence.
  42. distinguish (verb) – differentiate, discriminate, tell the difference.
  43. competent (adjective) – capable, skilful, talented, knowledgeable.
  44. fellow-worker (noun) – colleague, co-worker.
  45. novice (noun) – a person who is new to a particular field of activity; inexperienced person, beginner, newcomer.
  46. predominantly (adverb) – mainly, mostly, commonly.
  47. necessitate (verb) – require, need, demand.
  48. literate (adjective) – educated, learned, knowledgeable.
  49. make out (phrasal verb) – distinguish, recognize, discern.
  50. domain (noun) – a particular area/sphere of activity.
  51. counterpart (noun) – a person who serves the same job/function but in a different location.
  52. prolonged (adjective) – lengthy, continuous, constant, persistent, protracted.
  53. denigrate (verb) – criticise, attack, insult, devalue, defame.
  54. devalue (verb) – belittle, disparage, denigrate.
  55. long-standing (adjective) – well established; persistent, prevailing, continuing (for a long time).
  56. not long ago (phrase) – recently.
  57. inherited (adjective) – derived genetically from one’s parents or ancestors.
  58. overvalue (verb) – overstate, overemphasize, overstress, amplify.
  59. contemporary (adjective) – modern, present-day, current, present-time.
  60. privilege (noun) – advantage, right, benefit. 
  61. stigmatised (adjective) – discredited, dishonoured, condemned.
  62. in one’s sense (phrase) – by a particular understanding of a situation/statement.
  63. disaffection (noun) – dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontent/hostility.
  64. merely (adverb) – only, simply, just.
  65. epistemic (adjective) – relating to knowledge.
  66. arrogance (noun) – egotism, self-importance, sense of superiority.
  67. stem from (phrasal verb) – originate from, arise/come from, emanate from.
  68. delusional (verb) – mistaken, misguided, incorrect.
  69. infallibility (noun) – the inability to be wrong; dependability, faithfulness.
  70. cultivate (verb) – improve, elevate, develop.
  71. humility (noun) – modesty, humbleness, unassertiveness, lack of pride.
  72. corrigibility (noun) – curability; a quality which is capable of being corrected, rectified, or reformed.
  73. solidarity (noun) – unity, harmony, mutual support.
  74. relevance (noun) – significance, importance, appropriateness.
  75. under a cloud (phrase) – under suspicion, disgraced/discredited.
  76. wield (verb) – use, put to use, employ, handle, control
  77. narrow (adjective) – narrow-minded, inward-looking, illiberal, parochial.
  78. jealously (adverb) – defensively, carefully, protectively.
  79. transparency (noun) – frankness, openness, straightforwardness.
  80. accountability (noun) – responsibility, liability, answerability.
  81. disentangle (verb) – disconnect, disengage, detach.
  82. rescue (verb) – retrieve, recover, get back.
  83. hierarchical (adjective) – relating to the hierarchy (social order/ranking).
  84. roots (noun) – source, origin, basis.
  85. populace (noun) – population, inhabitants, people/public.
  86. at large (phrase) – as a whole, generally, extensively.
  87. paradoxically (adverb) – contradictorily, inconsistently, incongruously.
  88. literacy (noun) – the ability to read and write.
  89. generalised (adjective) – not specific; not specialized.
  90. conflate (verb) – combine, abridge/summarize, shorten (too many information into one).
  91. the very idea of (phrase) – used to place emphasis on the subject of.
  92. quick fixer (noun) – a person who wants an easy/temporary remedy or solution.
  93. swiftly (adverb) – quickly, rapidly.
  94. slog (verb) – work hard, toil, labour, exert oneself.
  95. humanity (noun) – humankind, the human race, people.
  96. astound (verb) – amaze, surprise, stagger.
  97. gumption (noun) – courage/nerve, spirited initiative; astuteness.
  98. self-styled (adjective) – so-called, avowed, professed.
  99. pop (adjective) – popularized; popular with a very large number of people, especially people with no special knowledge of something.
  100. statistician (noun) – an expert in the preparation and analysis of statistics.
  101. iota (noun) – (from Greek) an extremely small amount/quantity; bit, fraction, little bit.
  102. berserk (adjective) – mad, insane, crazy; out of control, enraged, amok.
  103. exacerbate (verb) – make worse, worsen, aggravate, compound.
  104. prejudice (noun) – bigotry, intolerance, one-sidedness, inequality.
  105. disregard (verb) – ignore, take no account of, pay no attention to; dismiss.
  106. falsehood (noun) – untruth, false statement, fake news.
  107. dogma (noun) – principle, rule, belief.
  108. mobocracy (noun) – lawlessness, absence of government; chaos/disorder.
  109. intellect (noun) – understanding, comprehension, thought, brainpower.
  110. objective (noun) – aim, intention, purpose.
  111. inter-subjectively (adverb) – in a way something is shared by more than one conscious mind.
  112. conducive (adjective) – good for, helpful for, useful for.
  113. exploitation (noun) – taking advantage, making use, misuse, ill/unfair treatment.
  114. scrutiny (noun) – observation, inspection, examination.
  115. out of the way (phrase) – no longer an obstacle to someone’s plans.
  116. avaricious (adjective) – greedy, rapacious, materialistic.
  117. capitalist (noun) – industrialist, private owners.
  118. wily (adjective) – very clever, shrewd, smart (deceitfully).
  119. implore (verb) – appeal to, ask, request.
  120. shun (verb) – avoid, evade, eschew, steer clear of.
  121. layperson (noun) – non-professional, amateur, non-specialist.
  122. passionately (adverb) – intensely, impassionedly, ardently.
  123. vaccine (noun) – a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.
  124. silver lining (noun) – consoling and hopeful aspect of a difficult/unpleasant situation.
  125. gloomy (adjective) – dismal, disappointing, unfavourable, hopeless.
  126. confine (verb) – restrict, limit, enclose.
  127. extend (verb) – offer, give, hold out.
  128. grounded (adjective) – well balanced and sensible.
  129. mayhem (noun) – disorder, turmoil, chaos, disturbance.
  130. dreadful (adjective) – terrible, frightful, horrible, grim, awful.


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