English Vocabulary from “The Hindu News Paper” – 20th June 2017
End the violence – The Hindu (Jun 20, 2017)
Longstanding issues such as the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland in the Darjeeling Hills of West Bengal cannot be wished away with a magic wand. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.
- empower (verb) – authorize, entitle, permit.
- longstanding (adjective) – long-term, persistent, perennial.
- wish-away (phrasal verb) – to try to stop, go away, get rid of something.
- magic wand (noun) – a stick that is used to make magic things happen—sometimes used figuratively to the findings of simple solution to a problem.
- charisma (noun) – presence, personality/individuality, strength of character.
- tokenism (noun) – the policy/practice of making token (symbolic) effort for the minority unfavorably.
- render (verb) – furnish, give, provide.
- notion (noun) – idea/thought, belief, concept.
- moot (adjective) – disputed, problematic, unsettled/unresolved.
- hold (noun) – influence, power, control.
- indigenous (adjective) – native/local, original, domestic.
- stepping stone (noun) – an action/event to make progress in order to achieve a goal.
- grievance (noun) – complaint, criticism, objection/protest.
- lackadaisical (adjective) – careless, casual, lazy.
- mirror (verb) – imitate, reflect, reproduce.
- machiavellian (adjective) – devious/tricky, double-dealing, unscrupulous (dishonest).
- dovetail (verb) – joint, join, fit/link (together).
- ad hocism (noun) – actions/measures to deal with specific & urgent issues/situations only.
- bind (noun) – predicament, awkward/difficult situation, quandary.
- sympathetic (adjective) – in favour of, approving of, supportive of.
- articulate (verb) – express, communicate, make public/announce.
- proximate (adjective) – nearest, immediate, close.
- flare-up (noun) – eruption, outbreak, outburst.
- undermine (verb) – weaken, compromise, diminish/reduce.
- assuage (verb) – ease, alleviate, subdue.
- ramp up (phrasal verb) – increase something.
- whip up (phrasal verb) – encourage, stimulate, excite/provoke.
- chauvinism (noun) – excessive support, excessive loyalty (for a particular group/cause/sex).
- polarisation (noun) – two contrasting groups (by division).
- portend (verb) – augur/foretell; indicate, signal.
- tamp (verb) – compress, condense, flatten.
- intractable (adjective) – unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable.