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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary 22nd February 2020

  1. asleep at the wheel (phrase) – not paying attention; not attentive; not alert.
  2. inure (to) (verb) – to accustom to something (undesirable/unpleasant). (“be accustomed to” means “be used to”).
  3. mayhem (noun) – chaos, disorder, turmoil, havoc.
  4. come as a shock (phrase) – to make someone feel shocked.
  5. inter- (prefix) – between.
  6. place something in the hands of someone (phrase) – to make someone responsible for handling something.
  7. snuff out (phrasal verb) – kill (in a sudden manner).
  8. faceless (verb) – anonymous, unidentified, unknown.
  9. fatality (verb) – death, casualty, mortality/loss.
  10. staggering (adjective) – astonishing, shocking, surprising.
  11. point to (verb) – indicate, suggest, denote.
  12. fall asleep (phrase) – to begin/start sleeping.
  13. at the wheel (noun) – (while) driving.
  14. look at (phrasal verb) – inspect, review, analyse, scrutinize.
  15. proximate (adjective) – nearest, closest, next to, close.
  16. bridge the gap (phrase) – to connect two disconnected or dissimilar things in a logical way (in order to resolve the problem).
  17. bring down (phrasal verb) – decrease, reduce, lower/cut.
  18. sustainable (adjective) – legitimate/reasonable, sensible, trustworthy.
  19. reiterate (verb) – repeat, say again, restate.
  20. on the rise (phrase) – increasing; becoming successful.
  21. enforcement (noun) – imposition, implementation, execution.
  22. apathetic (adjective) – indifferent, uninterested, unresponsive.
  23. derelict (adjective) – neglectful, careless, irresponsible.
  24. bureaucracy (noun) – officials (in the administration, government, the establishment) as a group.
  25. cost (noun) – loss, penalty,suffering/damage, disadvantage.
  26. indifference (noun) – unconcern, apathy, carelessness, disregard, unresponsiveness.
  27. borne past participle of bear (verb) – experience, undergo, go through, suffer, endure.
  28. bereavement (noun) – loss, deprivation, grief, sorrow, sadness; death in the family, loss, demise.
  29. trauma (noun) – torment, distress, suffering.
  30. deprive of (verb) – dispossess, strip of, deny, prevent from having.
  31. point out (phrasal verb) – identify, recognize, draw attention to, mention.
  32. constitute (verb) – amount to, account for, form/comprise.
  33. vulnerable (adjective) – unsafe, unprotected, unguarded.
  34. pedestrian (noun) – walker, person on foot, wayfarer.
  35. black spot (noun) – accident prone location; a place where road traffic accidents have historically been concentrated.
  36. liable (adjective) – responsible, answerable, accountable.
  37. stiffer (comparative adjective) of stiff (adjective) – harsh, severe, punitive, stringent.
  38. offence (noun) – an illegal act, crime, misconduct/wrongdoing.
  39. baulk (verb) – eschew, resist, refuse, be reluctant to, be unwilling to (to accept).
  40. imperative (adjective) – vitally important, crucial/critical, essential.
  41. empowered (adjective) – authorized, allowed, entitled.
  42. envisage (verb) – foresee, predict, forecast.
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