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January 04, 2016

English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 4th January 2016

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Hi Friends, I am Kani. Here I am sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated 4th January 2016. Happy Reading :)

Note : There were No Editorials in The Hindu on 3rd January 2016.

Topic 1 : "Stay the course after Pathankot"

  • Composite - made up of several parts or elements
  • Euphoria - a feeling of great excitement and happiness
  • Gesture - an action that expresses your feelings or intentions
  • Game-changer - something that affects a situation very much
  • Sidestep - to avoid talking about somethng by starting to talk about something else
  • Crackdown - to start dealing with bad or illegal behaviour in a painful way
  • Sustain - to support emotionally
  • Destabilise - to upset something
  • Provoke - to cause a reaction (especially a negative one)
  • Saboteurs - people who damage a situation on purpose
  • Insulated - protected
  • Momentum - the ​force that ​keeps an ​event ​developing after it has ​started
  • Resolution - a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
  • Low-hanging fruit - goals which are easily achievable and which do not require a lot of effort
  • Dispute - a disagreement or argument
  • Extensive - covering or affecting a large area
  • Militias - a ​military ​force whose ​members are ​trained ​soldiers but who often have other ​jobs
  • Firmly - ​strongly and ​tightly
  • One-upmanship -  a ​situation in which someone does or says something in ​order to ​prove that they are ​better than someone ​else
  • Hamper - to ​prevent someone doing something ​easily
  • Gordian knot - an extremely difficult problem / situation
  • Disentangle - to ​separate things that have ​become ​joined or ​confused
  • Strangle - to ​stop something from ​developing

Topic 2 : "Bangladesh’s Islamist challenge"

  • Secular - not connected with religious or spiritual matters.
  • Verdict - an ​opinion or ​decision made after ​judging the ​facts that are given
  • Hacked - to ​cut in a ​rough and ​violent way (here : attack with a knife)
  • Machete - a large heavy knife
  • Wielding - holding
  • Convict - to declare (someone) to be guilty of a criminal offence by the judge
  • Extremist - someone who has ​beliefs that most ​people ​think are ​unreasonable and ​unacceptable (person with ​extreme ​opinions)
  • Steadfastly - strongly and without ​stopping
  • Consistently - in a systematic manner
  • Execution - putting a criminal to death (hanging)
  • Wrath - extreme anger
  • Up the ante - to ​increase ​your ​demands or the ​risks in a ​situation in ​order to ​achieve a ​better ​result
  • Reliance - dependence on or trust in someone or something
  • Apparently - as far as one knows or can see
  • Hit list - a list of people to be killed for criminal or political reasons
  • Trigger - an ​event that ​causes something ​bad to ​start
  • Waging - carry on
  • Comprehensive - complete (​including everything that is ​necessary)
  • Merely - just / only
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