Word List-2-Learn English-Improve Vocabulary (No surprises – The Hindu Apr 02 2018)

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

No surprises – The Hindu Apr 02 2018

Egypt’s election last week was democratic only in name. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a former general who had ousted the Muslim Brotherhood from power in 2013, was never expected to struggle to secure a second termFor further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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

  1. curate (verb) – organize.
  2. arab spring (proper noun) – it refers to the democratic protests, uprisings, and demonstrations that arose independently and spread across the Arab countries in 2011.
  3. oust (verb) – remove, expel, dismiss from power/office.
  4. landslide (adjective) – decisive, runaway (victory), overwhelming majority.
  5. all along (phrase) – from the beginning, all the time.
  6. backlash (noun) – a strong negative reaction; adverse response, counteraction.
  7. upsurge (noun) – sudden increase or rise.
  8. ballot (noun) –  public vote, plebiscite, popular vote.
  9. on the cards (phrase) – likely, possible, expected.
  10. entrant (noun) – new member, beginner, newcomer.
  11. thrust forward (verb) – force, urge, push.
  12. embarrassment (noun) – difficulty, predicament, plight/problem.
  13. staunch (adjective) – loyal/faithful, trusty, committed.
  14. charade (noun) – a ridiculous act/show, false display, farce.
  15. deem (verb) – regard as, consider; think/judge.
  16. political will (noun) – political intention/desire (to complete a scheme/project even if it is not admired/welcomed in the beginning).
  17. tumultuous (adjective) – violent, volatile; restless/uncontrolled.
  18. exhortation (noun) – urging, encouragement, insistence.
  19. franchise (noun) – right to vote, voting rights, the vote/ballot.
  20. cynicism (noun) – scepticism, doubtful, distrust.
  21. hardship (noun) – poverty, financial distress, privation/destitution.
  22. repression (noun) – suppression, domination, oppression.
  23. roll-back (noun) – reduction, cut/decrease, trimming.
  24. hefty (adjective) – large, heavy, substantial.
  25. squeeze (noun) – pressure, demand.
  26. inflation (noun) – an increase in the price level of goods & services and vice versa decrease of currency value.
  27. take a toll (phrase) – have an adverse effect.
  28. stranglehold (noun) – complete control, power, influence/domination.
  29. old order (noun) – an old system of doing things; (an old government).
  30. fire-fighting (noun) – an act of dealing problems as they come (instead of avoiding them strategically).

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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