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The Hindu Editorial 09th March 2020

  1. majesty (noun) – dignity, nobleness, stateliness.
  2. accommodate (verb) – adjust, adapt, attune, accustom.
  3. stubborn (adjective) – inflexible, uncooperative, adamant, resolute.
  4. conflagration (noun) – a large and destructive crisis (fire).
  5. gridlock (noun) – deadlock, stalemate, standstill, stand-off, stoppage, obstruction.
  6. take place (phrase) – happen, occur, chance.
  7. recess (noun) – adjournment, pause, temporary closure.
  8. altercation (noun) – argument, squabble, quarrel/fight.
  9. heighten (verb) – intensify, increase, amplify.
  10. hostility (noun) – opposition, aversion, enmity, antipathy; unfriendliness, bitterness.
  11. treasury bench (noun) – the front bench (to the right of the Speaker) in the Parliament occupied by the prime minister and other cabinet ministers of the government.
  12. outnumber (verb) – to have more numbers than (something).
  13. resort to (verb) – use, utilize, turn to, have recourse to.
  14. perhaps (adverb) – maybe, possibly.
  15. puzzling (adjective) – unclear, confusing, bewildering, perplexing.
  16. parallel (noun) – similarity, comparison, resemblance.
  17. gallows (noun) – execution by hanging.
  18. logjam (noun) – unsettled situation.
  19. all hands on deck (phrase) – figuratively means that all the members are involved in a situation.
  20. ill-afford (verb) – to prevent something from happening; to be unable to do (something).
  21. genuflect (verb) – fall to one’s knees, get down on one’s knees, bow down, show reverence.
  22. a mark of respect (phrase) – something done to show respect.
  23. proceedings (noun) – activities, affairs, happenings.
  24. spirit (noun) – ethos, morale, attitudes, beliefs.
  25. unyielding (noun) – firm/resolute, inflexible, uncompromising.
  26. across the aisle (phrase) – In this expression, the “aisle” refers to the actual physical walkway that divides the legislative (parliamentary) halls. Members of the two parties sit on opposite sides.
  27. unassailable (adjective) – indisputable, undeniable, unquestionable.
  28. turn into (phrasal verb) – transform into; cause to become (a particular kind of thing).
  29. majoritarian (adjective) – relating to a philosophy that states that a majority (sometimes categorized by religion, language, social class, or some other identifying factor) of the population is entitled to a certain degree of primacy (priority) in society, and has the right to make decisions that affect the society.
  30. instinct (noun) – natural tendency, inclination, urge/desire.
  31. ground (noun) – reason, factor, basis.
  32. bypass (verb) – avoid, circumvent, evade/dodge.
  33. arbitrarily (adverb) – with personal whim; unreasonably, illogically; autocratically.
  34. far-reaching (adjective) – important, major, significant.
  35. persuade (verb) – convince, influence, press someone into, make certain.
  36. disinclination (noun) – unwillingness, opposition, objection.
  37. portfolio (noun) – the position/duties of a minister/secretary of state.
  38. heavyweight (noun) – very important person, leader.
  39. stature (noun) – reputation, status/position, influence.
  40. non-partisan (adjective) – fair, just.
  41. iron out (phrasal verb) – resolve, settle, set right.
  42. undermine (verb) – reduce, diminish, impede, hinder.
  43. combative (adjective) – aggressive, quarrelsome, argumentative, confrontational, belligerent.
  44. troop (noun) – a group of people of a particular kind.
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