Word List-2-Learn English-Improve Vocabulary (Disruptive Mr. Trump – The Hindu Apr 07 2018)

Today’s Word List-2-Learn English-Improve Vocabulary

Disruptive Mr. Trump – The Hindu Apr 07 2018

This week has seen rounds of tit-for-tat tariffs between the U.S. and China, set off by U.S. President Donald Trump levying import duties of 25% and 10% on American steel and aluminium imports, respectively, in early March.For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Today’s Word List-2 To Learn English And To Improve Vocabulary:

  1. disruptive (adjective) – unconventional, unorthodox, or troublemaking/troublesome.
  2. undermine (verb) – weaken, diminish, reduce.
  3. multilateralism (noun) – a method of coordinating  relations between groups of three or more states (countries).
  4. counter (verb) – oppose, resist, negate.
  5. tit-for-tat (phrase) – retaliation, counterattack; revenge/retribution.
  6. set off (phrasal verb) – cause, start, prompt.
  7. trade deficit (noun) – a trade deficit (a deficit in the balance of trade) occurs when the value of a country’s imports exceeds that of its exports. It is also called a trade gap.
  8. barometer (noun) – measure, indicator, example.
  9. rail against (phrasal verb) – protest, condemn, criticize strongly.
  10. retaliate (verb) – hit back, counterattack, take revenge.
  11. obligation (noun) – necessary condition, essential, requirement.
  12. kick off (phrasal verb) – start, begin, usher in.
  13. pull (out) (phrasal verb) – withdraw, leave/quit, disengage.
  14. Trans-pacific Partnership (TTP) (noun)  – Twelve countries that border the Pacific Ocean and also representing approximately 40% of the world’s GDP signed up to the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) in February 2016, in order to eventually create a new single market, like the EU. The TPP countries are Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Canada and Mexico and the 12th nation, the U.S withdraw from the discussions of TTP before it became law.
  15. climate change (noun) – a long-term change in the Earth’s climate, or of a region on Earth (Courtesy: NASA).
  16. protectionism (noun) – the use of tariff and non-tariff restrictions on imports to protect domestic producers from foreign competition.
  17. unilateralism (noun) – a method of taking decisions (on international relations) by a state (country) individually without considering other states (countries).
  18. arbitrarily (adverb) – with random choice or personal whim.
  19. steward (noun) – responsible agent, custodian, caretaker.
  20. globalisation (noun) – the process of making the trade of goods and services equivalent in all nations (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).

Today’s Word List-2 To Learn English And To Improve Vocabulary:


  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. 
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