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February 11, 2016

English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 9th February 2016

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Hi Friends, I am Kani. Here I am sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated 9th February 2016. Happy Reading :)

Note : There were No Editorials in The Hindu on 8th February 2016.

Topic 1 : "Why Siachen must be demilitarised"

  • Demilitarised - to reduce a nation's army, weapons, or military vehicles
  • Avalanche - a ​large ​amount of ​snow falling ​quickly down from the ​side of a ​mountain
  • Glacier - a ​large ​amount of ​ice that ​moves ​slowly
  • Stark - complete / extreme
  • Inhospitable - an environment which is harsh and difficult to live in
  • Isolated - far away from other places
  • Troops - soldiers
  • Infantry - soldiers marching  on foot
  • Massive - large and heavy
  • Terrain - an ​area of ​land
  • Strategic - used to ​provide ​military ​forces with an ​advantage
  • Clinch - confirm
  • Comprehensive - complete and ​including everything that is ​necessary
  • Redeployment - the ​process of sending soldiers to ​work in a different ​place
  • Conflict - a serious disagreement or argument
  • Conform - to ​behave ​according to ​the socially acceptable standards
  • Durable - able to last a ​long ​time without ​becoming ​damaged
  • The status quo - the ​present ​situation
  • To pay a very high price - to ​experience very ​bad ​result of something you have done
  • Remote - far away from any ​towns or ​cities
  • Outpost - a small military camp or position at some distance from the main army
  • Delineation - the action of indicating the exact position of a border or boundary
  • Demarcating - making a dividing line
  • Low-hanging fruits - Targets or goals which are easily achievable and which do not require a lot of effort
  • Doable - it can be achieved / performed
  • Sacrifice - to give up something valuable
  • Put in harm’s way - in a dangerous situation
  • Seized - to take something ​quickly and ​keep or ​hold it
  • Vagaries - unexpected ​changes that cannot be ​controlled

Topic 2 : "The curious case of Julian Assange"

  • Curious - strange and ​unusual
  • Eludes - escapes / avoids
  • Confinement - the ​situation in which a ​person ​forcefully kept ​somewhere
  • Arbitrary - using ​unlimited ​personal ​power without ​considering other people's ​wishes
  • Detention - the act of forcing someone ​officially to ​stay in a ​place
  • Backlash - a strong negative reaction by a large number of people
  • Incalculable - not able to be calculated or estimated
  • Relentless - harsh
  • Outright - completely
  • Convention - an agreement between states covering particular matters
  • Ridiculous - stupid or ​unreasonable
  • Distinguished - authoritative
  • Lay people - people who don't have specialized or professional knowledge of a subject
  • Impact - effect / influence
  • Allegation -  a ​statement, made without giving ​proof, that someone has done something ​wrong or ​illegal
  • Context - situation
  • Fleeing - running away from a place or situation of danger
  • Caveat - a ​warning to ​consider something before taking any more ​action
  • Refuge - a ​place that gives protection or ​shelter from ​danger
  • Paranoid - suffering from a ​mental ​illness in which you ​believe that other ​people are ​trying to ​harm you
  • Extradition - sending someone back to the country or state where they will be punished of a crime
  • Damning - an evidence saying very strongly that someone has made a serious mistake
  • Revelations - a surprising and previously unknown fact that has been disclosed to others
  • Smokescreen - something that ​hides the ​truth
  • Determined - wanting to do something very much and not ​allowing anyone or any difficulties to ​stop you
  • Root out - to find and remove (something or someone)
  • Whistle-blower - a ​person who ​tells about something ​illegal that is ​happening, ​especially in a ​government ​department or a ​company
  • Sovereignty - supreme power or authority
  • Defy - to ​refuse to ​obey
  • Untenable - not able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection

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