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January 06, 2016

English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 6th January 2016

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Hi Friends, I am Kani. Here I am sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated 6th January 2016. Happy Reading :)

Topic 1 : "A dangerous escalation"


  • Execution - the legal punishment of killing someone
  • Cleric - a priest or religious leader (Christian or Muslim one)
  • Flare-up - a situation in which violence suddenly starts
  • Sectarian - a person strongly supporting a particular religious group and not willing to accept other beliefs
  • Prominent - famous
  • Segregation - to keep one group of people apart from another and treat them differently (because of caste / race)
  • Monarchy - the system of having a king or queen
  • Driving force - someone or something that has the power to make things happen
  • Seminary - a training college for priests
  • Stand-off - an argument, contest, etc., in which there is no winner
  • Snowball - increase rapidly in size / importance
  • Full-blown - fully developed
  • Crisis -  an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty
  • Overtones - something that is suggested, but is not clearly stated
  • Ransacked - to search a place, stealing things and causing damage
  • Downgraded - reduced
  • Conflict - a serious disagreement or argument
  • Torn apart -  to cause something to separate unwillingly
  • Taking baby steps - initial stages of something
  • Strife - angry disagreement
  • Aftermath - the after-effects of an unpleasant event
  • Invasion - an action or process that affects someone's life in an unpleasant and unwanted way
  • Monarch - a king or queen
  • Poured oil in fire - increased danger
  • Instability - the state of being unstable
  • Supremacy - the position of being the best
  • Proxy - the authority to represent someone else
  • Set the scene/stage - the conditions have been made right for something to happen
  • Ally - a state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose
  • Rein - to control
  • Escalation - a rapid increase (raise)
  • Rivalry - a situation in which people compete with each other for the same thing
  • Plunge - to become lower in value or level very suddenly and quickly
  • Chaos - complete disorder and confusion

Topic 2 : "Bridging cricket’s credibility deficit"


  • Overhaul - to repair or improve something so that every part of it works as it should
  • Scrutiny - critical observation or examination
  • Cosy - comfortable and pleasant
  • Fiefdom - an area or type of activity that is controlled by someone
  • Credibility - the quality of being trusted and believed in
  • Deficit - loss
  • Cash-rich - having a lot of ​cash ​available to ​spend
  • Opaque - not able to be seen through (not transparent)
  • Accountability - responsibility
  • Mooted - suggested
  • Sweeping - affecting many things or ​people
  • Reform - make changes in order to improve it
  • Radically - from basics
  • Vastly - very much
  • Impart - to transmit
  • Cooling-off period - a ​period in which two ​groups who are ​arguing can ​try to ​improve the ​situation before taking ​further ​action
  • Brazenly - openly (without any ​attempt to be ​hidden)
  • Barred - banned
  • Cast a dark shadow over/on something - to ​spoil a good ​situation with something ​unpleasant
  • Hinge on something - ​depends on something
  • Adherence to - being faithful to
  • Ambit - the scope of something
  • Equitable - treating everyone ​fairly and in the same way
  • Affiliated - officially attached or connected to an organization
  • Whimsical - unusual and ​strange in a way that might be ​funny or ​annoying
  • Unsavoury - unpleasant / offensive

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