The Hindu Lead Article (Unmasked, reflections on the pandemic and life) – Jan 01, 2021

The Hindu Lead Article (Unmasked, reflections on the pandemic and life) – Jan 01, 2021

Masked living for the last 10 months to stave off the novel coronavirus has raised questions: of the purpose and the meaning of life. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Unmasked, reflections on the pandemic and life) – Jan 01, 2021.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Unmasked, reflections on the pandemic and life) – Jan 01, 2021:

  1. unmasked (adjective) – overt, unconcealed.
  2. reflection (noun) – opinion, thought, view, assessment.
  3. 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.
  4. draw (verb) – obtain, take out.
  5. collective (noun) – community.
  6. stave off (phrasal verb) – avert, prevent, avoid, rule out.
  7. novel coronavirus (nCoV) (SARS-CoV-2) (noun) – a new strain (type/variety) coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. (Courtesy: WHO)
  8. confinement (noun) – restraint.
  9. isolation (noun) – a complete separation from others of a person known or reasonably believed to be infected with communicable diseases.
  10. stay put (phrase) – remain somewhere without moving (from that place).
  11. quest (noun) – search, pursuit.
  12. enlighten (verb) – inform, make aware, advise, notify.
  13. pursue (verb) – engage in, conduct, follow.
  14. evolved (adjective) – developed, advanced, matured. 
  15. organism (noun) – living thing, being, creature, animal, plant.
  16. interconnectedness (noun) – the state of being connected or related to each other.
  17. humanity (noun) – humankind, the human race, people.
  18. heightened (adjective) – increased, intensified.
  19. equanimity (noun) – self-control, composure, calm.
  20. unleash (verb) – let loose, release, set free.
  21. churning (noun) – disturbance, disquiet, unrest, restlessness, agitation.
  22. dawn on (phrasal verb) – if something (an idea or fact) dawns on you, you begin to understand it for the first time; come to mind, strike, be perceived, be realized.
  23. ought to (modal verb) – must, should.
  24. underline (verb) – underscore, emphasize, highlight.
  25. reorient (verb) – change the focus on.
  26. sequence (noun) – the complete order of compounds/building blocks (nucleotides) of nucleic acids, such as RNA or DNA.
  27. Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) (noun) – DNA is an important biological macromolecule (nucleic acid) that replicates and stores genetic information. It is a blueprint for all genetic information contained within an organism. DNA has two strand structure. DNA is found in the cell’s nucleus.
  28. subject to (adjective) – dependent on, conditional on, controlled by.
  29. volition (noun) – choice, option, decision, discretion.
  30. navigate (verb) – proceed, move, manage.
  31. shatter (verb) – destroy, wreck, ruin.
  32. at the expense of (phrase) – at the cost of, at the loss of; at the sacrifice of.
  33. oneness (noun) – amicability, friendship, consensus, unity/solidarity.
  34. come to the fore (phrase) – to become visible.
  35. outbreak (noun) – outburst, flaring up, breakout, sudden appearance/occurrence of something.
  36. bring out (phrasal verb) – disclose, reveal, expose, become known.
  37. attendant (adjective) – accompanying, associated, related, connected.
  38. habitation (noun) – place of residence, house, dwelling (place), abode.
  39. (keep) an eye on (phrase) – to take care of, to look after, to watch/supervise something.
  40. coexistence (noun) – The state of two or more different things existing/living together at the same time or in the same place.
  41. puzzlement (noun) – confusion, bafflement, bewilderment.
  42. adversity (noun) – a difficult situation; hardship, difficulty.
  43. call (noun) – requirement, need, demand.
  44. chaos (noun) – disorder, disarray, turmoil, disorganization, disruption.
  45. sane (adjective) – sensible/practical, advisable, responsible, well balanced.
  46. reflect (verb) – indicate, show, reveal, exhibit.
  47. vicissitude (noun) – change, transition, transformation.
  48. strike a balance (phrase) – find a fair & reasonable line of action between two contrasting things.
  49. come along (phrasal verb) – progress, make progress, develop.
  50. spiritualism (noun) – a religious movement based on some belief.
  51. come in handy (phrase) – to be useful.
  52. spring from (phrasal verb) – originate from, arise from, stem from, emanate from, evolve from, come from.
  53. galvanise (verb) – to cause someone to take action by exciting or shocking them; stimulate, encourage, inspire, stir, arouse, prompt, shock/stun.
  54. evolution (noun) – development, advancement, growth, rise, progress.
  55. selfishness (noun) – self-seeking, self-regard, self-serving, self-obsession.
  56. self-realisation (noun) – fulfillment by oneself of the possibilities of one’s character or personality.
  57. the common good (phrase) – the benefit/advantage of all people in society.
  58. moderation (noun) – self-restraint, restraint, self-control, self-discipline.
  59. harmoniously (adverb) – cordially, amiably, agreeably, peacefully.
  60. predilection (noun) – liking, preference.
  61. ethos (noun) – morality, attitudes, beliefs, principles; spirit, character.
  62. warrant (verb) – justify/necessitate, vindicate/validate, call for.
  63. equilibrium (noun) – balance, symmetry, equality, evenness.
  64. strain (noun) – variety, kind, type; variant, mutant.
  65. come to terms with (phrase) – to accept oneself to something painful/sad/difficult (situation); reconcile oneself to, come to accept, become accustomed to, adjust to.
  66. stillness (noun) – calmness, peacefulness, quietness, serenity, tranquility.
  67. spin-off (noun) – outcome, result, by-product.
  68. annus horribilis (noun) – (Modern Latin) horrible year”. The opposite of it, “annus mirabilis” means “wonderful year.
  69. come up with (phrasal verb) – produce, put forward, present/submit.
  70. vaccine (noun) – a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.
  71. candidate vaccine or vaccine candidate (noun) – a “potential” vaccine prepared in the research and development (R&D) centres and it can be used in human clinical trials.
  72. vaccinate (verb) – inoculate, administer, introduce (with a vaccine to provide immunity against a disease).
  73. (Parliamentary) Standing Committee/Parliamentary panel (noun) – it is a committee (consisting of Members of Parliament) constituted usually on an annual basis to enable detailed consideration/discussion on all bills (all proposed laws).
  74. grit (noun) – courage, resolve, bravery, mettle, spirit, strength of character, determination.  
  75. compliment (verb) – praise, commend, flatter, acclaim.
  76. stakeholder (noun) – a person with an interest in something.
  77. chronicle (verb) – record, write down, document, register (a series of events).
  78. hardship (noun) – financial distress, suffering, affliction, trouble, torment, misfortune.
  79. mortality (noun) – (in a particular time/for a cause) the rate/number of death.
  80. keep something in check (phrase) – control, curb, restrain, hold back, keep under control.
  81. no mean (phrase) – mentioning that something is very good of its kind.
  82. need of the hour (phrase) – some (urgent) need/requirement/demand at a particular point of time.
  83. usher in (verb) – start, begin, initiate.
  84. annus mirabilis (noun) – (Modern Latin) wonderful year.
  85. wipe out (phrasal verb) – remove, get rid of, dispose of. 
  86. havoc (noun) – destruction, damage, disaster.
  87. vigil (noun) – vigilance, surveillance, close watch, monitoring.
  88. takeaway (noun) – a key point/idea/fact.
  89. go by (phrasal verb) – (of time/year) to pass.


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