The Hindu Lead Article (Who will speak truth to unfreedom?) – Oct 27, 2018

The Hindu Lead Article (Who will speak truth to unfreedom?) – Oct 27, 2018

It is time to re-read the politically charged play, The House of Bernarda Alba, (1936) by Federico García Lorca. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Who will speak truth to unfreedom?) – Oct 27, 2018.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (Who will speak truth to unfreedom?) – Oct 27, 2018:

  1. academic (noun) – scholar, intellectual, learned person.
  2. mourning (noun) – grief, grieving/sorrowing, lament.
  3. latch (verb) – fasten, secure, lock.
  4. every nook and cranny (phrase) – every part of something.
  5. claustrophobic (adjective) – relating to the feeling of discomfort & fear in an enclosed spaces.
  6. grotesque (adjective) – ugly, distorted, ridiculous.
  7. poster-girl (noun) – a female representative of something.
  8. fascism (noun) – authoritarianism, totalitarianism, despotism.
  9. snatch (verb) –  seize, capture, take hold of.
  10. viciously (adverb) – a manner which is very cruel.
  11. smear (verb) – spread, apply, apply.
  12. tantalising (adjective) – exciting, interesting, alive.
  13. pitifully (adverb) – distressingly, sadly; awfully/terribly.
  14. formidable (adjective) –  impressive; excellent, outstanding.
  15. repressed (adjective) – restrained, suppressed, held back/in.
  16. metaphor (noun) – figure of speech, figurative expression, comparison/symbol.
  17. subjugation (noun) – domination/control.
  18. prophetic (adjective) – predictive, far-seeing, prognostic.
  19. notion (noun) – idea, belief, conception.
  20. verge on (verb) – be similar to, approach/resemble, be close to.
  21. savagely (adverb) – fiercely, severely, aggressively/extremely.
  22. the order of the day (phrase) – prevalent, common, widespread.
  23. sane (adjective) – sensible/practical, advisable, responsible.
  24. crack down on (phrasal verb) – get tough on, take severe measures against, come down heavily on.
  25. incalculable (adjective) – inestimable, indeterminable, immeasurable.
  26. nuanced (adjective) – delicate, subtle, accurate.
  27. push back (phrasal verb) – resist, oppose, delay.
  28. horizon (noun) – range of experience, outlook, perspective/perception.
  29. humanity (noun) – humankind, the human race, people.
  30. interrogate (verb) – question, cross-examine, probe.
  31. acquaint (with) (verb) – known to, familiarize, inform of.
  32. searing (adjective) – critical, strong, fierce.
  33. spectre (noun) – threat, menace, danger/peril.
  34. exhilarating (adjective) – thrilling, exciting, stimulating.
  35. conflagration (noun) – a large and destructive crisis (fire).
  36. solidarity (noun) – unity, harmony, unanimity.
  37. authoritarian (adjective) – dictatorial, totalitarian, autocratic.
  38. enlightened (adjective) – wise, well-informed, learned.
  39. capitalist (adjective) – something supporting capitalism (private enterprise, private ownership)
  40. neo-liberalism (noun) – new/revived liberal principles.
  41. docile (adjective) – compliant, obedient, dutiful; submissive.
  42. academia (noun) – the community related to the education, research, etc.
  43. status quo (noun) – the present situation, the current state, the existing state of affairs.
  44. ignoble (adjective) – dishonourable, unworthy, despicable.
  45. subjugate (verb) – conquer, defeat, overpower.
  46. storm trooper (noun) – vigorous supporter of something.
  47. regard (noun) – consideration, respect, high opinion.
  48. starkly (adverb) – in a sharply clear way.
  49. stipulate (verb) – specify, demand, lay down.
  50. howsoever (conjunction) – in whatever way, however.
  51. provocation (noun) – stirring, incitement, inducement.
  52. critique (verb) – talk/write about, investigate, discuss.
  53. embody (verb) – incorporate, include, contain.
  54. reflect on (phrasal verb) – think about, contemplate, consider/mull over.
  55. shortcomings (noun) – fault, flaw, imperfection/defect.
  56. foster (verb) – encourage, promote/nurture, assist.
  57. discrimination (noun) – prejudice, bias/bigotry, intolerance/inequity.
  58. courtier (noun) – attendant, retainer, companion.
  59. extract (verb) – take out, draw out, remove, withdraw.
  60. retribution (noun) – revenge,retaliation, vengeance.
  61. shoot oneself in the foot (phrase) – harm/damage or cause trouble oneself mistakenly.
  62. trite (adjective) – hackneyed, clichéd, common/ordinary.
  63. mediocrity (noun) – ordinary/amateurish/incompetent person.
  64. harass (verb) – hound, bother, trouble (continuously & harshly).
  65. demean (verb) – discredit, degrade, demote.
  66. humiliate (verb) – embarrass, make someone feel ashamed.
  67. gag (verb) – subdue, suppress, repress.
  68. chart (verb) – outline, describe, detail.


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