Uncertainty in Kenya – The Hindu (Nov 9, 2017)

Uncertainty in Kenya – The Hindu (Nov 9, 2017)

With a petition filed in Kenya’s Supreme Court against the October 26 rerun of the presidential election, the country risks an intensification of political turmoilFor further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

This preview is provided here with permission.

Courtesy: The Hindu

Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. turmoil (noun) – confusion, upheaval, disorder/unrest.
  2. overturn (verb) – cancel, reverse, repeal.
  3. discrepancy (noun) – inconsistency, difference, variation/deviation.
  4. unprecedented (adjective) – not done or experienced before.
  5. hail (verb) – acclaim, praise, applaud/commend.
  6. exemplar (noun) – epitome, perfect example, model.
  7. ram through (verb) – hit, strike; force, compress.
  8. circumscribe (verb) – restrict, limit; regulate.
  9. intimidation (noun) – frightening, threatening, oppression.
  10. palpable (adjective) – perceptible, perceivable, visible, noticeable.
  11. show up (phrasal verb) – arrive, turn up, come.
  12. plea (noun) – appeal, entreaty, supplication/petition.
  13. uphold (verb) – confirm/justify; maintain, continue (a custom/practice).
  14. incumbent (noun) – a person who is in office and holds power; functionary, official.
  15. on the ground (phrase) – in a situation/place where things are happening really/practically.
  16. flee (verb) – flight, escape, exit.
  17. chilling (adjective) – frightening, terrifying, disturbing/horrifying.
  18. scepticism (noun) – doubt, suspicion, disbelief.
  19. revamp (noun) – reorganization, restructuring, reshuffle/overhaul.
  20. stalemate (noun) – deadlock, impasse, stand-off.
  21. lasting (adjective) – enduring, long-lasting, long-lived/long term.
  22. play by the rules (phrase) – be fair, follow the rules,conform.
  23. devolution (noun) – decentralization, delegation, distribution.
  24. ethnic (adjective) – relating to a population subgroup (cultural, national, traditional/folk) with a common national or cultural tradition.
  25. underscore (verb) – call attention to, emphasize, highlight.
  26. fluid (adjective) – fluctuating, changeable, inconstant.
  27. exert (verb) – apply, employ, exercise.


  1. Click each one of the words above for their definition, more synonyms, pronunciation, example sentences, phrases, derivatives, origin and etc from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/.
  2. Definitions (elementary level) & Synonyms provided for the words above are my personal work and not that of Oxford University Press. Tentative definitions/meanings are provided for study purpose only and they may vary in different context. Use it with the corresponding article published on the source (website) via the link provided. 
  3. This word list is for personal use only. Reproduction in any format and/or Commercial use of it is/are strictly prohibited.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.