Today’s Editorial Page: Clarity and facts on the ground (Source: The Hindu)
Clarity and facts on the ground
(Source: The Hindu)
Why it’s essential that the Supreme Court speedily hears the Aadhaar petitions
Important Vocabularies for improve your knowledge
Meaning: Something that will solve all problems; Something that will cure all illnesses.
Example: Technology is not a panacea for all our problems.
Synonyms: Remedy, Cure
Antonyms: Injury, Pain
Meaning: A situation in which there is a lot of noise and confusion because people are excited, angry, or frightened.
Example: Pandemonium reigned in the hall as the unbelievable election results were read out.
Synonyms: Anarchy, Tumult
Antonyms: Calm, Quiet
Meaning: The range or limits of the influence of something.
Example: They believe that all the outstanding issues should fall within the ambit of the talks.
Synonyms: Extent, Extension
Meaning: Used to describe something that causes great and sometimes unfriendly disagreement within a group of people.
Example: The Vietnam War was an extremely divisive issue in the US.
Synonyms: Disruptive, Discordant
Meaning: A gradual increase in loudness, or the moment when a noise or piece of music is at its loudest.
Example: The music reached a crescendo.
Meaning: An increase in excitement, danger, or action.
Example: There has been a rising crescendo of violence in the region.
Synonyms: Escalation, Climb
Antonyms: Base, Decline
Meaning: Special words and phrases that are used by particular groups of people, especially in their work.
Example: The IT&T industry is rife with acronyms, catch phrases and jargon.
Synonyms: Argot, Idiom
Antonyms: Standard, Silence
Meaning: A show, usually performed outside, that consists of people wearing traditional clothing and acting out historical events.
Example: A beauty pageant.
Synonyms: Fair, Celebration
Meaning: Done or shown publicly or in an obvious way and not secret.
Example: He shows no overt signs of his unhappiness.
Synonyms: Apparent, Definite
Antonyms: Obscure, Hidden
Meaning: To destroy or damage something.
Example: Development programmes have been vitiated by the rise in population.
Synonyms: Annihilate, Abolish
Antonyms: Allow, Support
Meaning: An argument, especially one that continues for a long time.
Example: Lengthy wrangle about costs.
Synonyms: Argument, Dispute
Antonyms: Harmony, Peace
Meaning: Disappointment or anger, especially when caused by a failure or mistake.
Example: My children have never shown an interest in music, much to my chagrin.
Synonyms: Mortify, Abash
Antonyms: Comfort, Joy
Meaning: (of a person) intelligent, having a very good understanding of situations, possibilities, and people, and often willing to use tricks to achieve an aim.
Example: A wily politician.
Synonyms: Crafty, Foxy
Antonyms: Candid, Frank
Meaning: To entertain someone with stories or jokes.
Example: Grandpa regaled us with tales of his small-town childhood.
Synonyms: Indulge, Divert
Antonyms: Anger, Pain
Meaning: A confusing set of connecting passages or paths in which it is easy to get lost.
Example: Finally, through a labyrinth of corridors she found his office.
Synonyms: Maze, Riddle
Antonyms: Explicate, Ravel
Meaning: (especially of companies) having enough money to pay all the money that is owed to other people.
Example: Many insurance companies are under pressure to increase premiums to stay solvent.
Synonyms: Acetone, Profitable
Antonyms: Insolvent, Ruined
Meaning: To ask someone for money, information, or help.
Example: To solicit donations for a charity.
Synonyms: Beg, Pray
Antonyms: Dodge, Bestowal.
Meaning: The fact that someone likes something or likes to do something, especially something considered morally wrong.
Example: His proclivity for shapely blondes.
Synonyms: Bias, Turn
Antonyms: Repulsion, Hate
Meaning: Extremely bad or shocking.
Example: Conditions in the prison were diabolical.
Synonyms: Infernal, Satanic
Antonyms: Angelic, Moral
Meaning: Someone who does not live in their own country.
Example: A large community of expatriates has settled there.
Synonyms: Exile, Banish
Antonyms: Allow, Deliver
Meaning: An idea that a lot of people think is true but is in fact false.
Example: It is a common fallacy that women are worse drivers than men.
Synonyms: Deceit, Evasion
Antonyms: Fidelity, Verity
21) Tote: Carry, wield, or convey (something heavy or substantial).
Tout: Attempt to sell (something), typically by a direct or persistent approach.
22) Overdo: Do, use, or carry to excess; Exaggerate.
Overdue: Not having arrived, happened, or been done by the expected time.
23) Sheer: Nothing other than; Unmitigated (used for emphasis).
Shear: Break off or cause to break off, owing to a structural strain.
24) Wretch: An unfortunate or unhappy person.
Retch: Make the sound and movement of vomiting.
25) Riffle: Turn over something, especially the pages of a book, quickly and casually.
Rifle: A gun, especially one fired from shoulder level, having a long spirally grooved barrel intended to make a bullet spin and thereby have greater accuracy over a long distance.
26) Outrank: To have a higher rank than someone.
27) Spokesperson: A person who is chosen to speak officially for a group or organization.
28) Talking book: A spoken recording of a book, used especially by blind people.
29) Stick shift: A gear lever.
30) Title holder: The person who has the right to own a property and has a document to prove this.