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The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary 23rd April 2020

  1. coronavirus (CoV) (noun) – a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. (Courtesy: WHO)
  2. prejudice (noun) – discrimination, partiality, intolerance, bigotry.
  3. creed (noun) – religious belief, faith, set of principles.
  4. feed (verb) – support, nurture, bolster, encourage.
  5. COVID-19 (noun) – coronavirus disease 2019.
  6. strike (verb) – (of a disease) affect, afflict, attack suddenly.  
  7. axiomatic (adjective) – self-evident, unquestionable/undeniable; accepted/understood.
  8. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  9. fan the flames (phrase) – increase feelings/emotions.
  10. communalism (noun) – adherence/obedience to one’s own ethnic group (against the principle/practice of living together in a wider society).
  11. douse (verb) – extinguish, put out, quench, dampen down (a fire).
  12. compound (verb) – aggravate, worsen, intensify, make worse.
  13. woes (noun) – trouble, difficulty, problem.
  14. calamitous (adjective) – destructive, ruinous, disastrous, catastrophic.
  15. rage (noun) – fury, anger, wrath, aggression.
  16. call for (phrasal verb) – require, publicly ask/necessitate, demand.
  17. primacy (noun) – importance, priority, preference, first place.
  18. brotherhood (noun) – friendship, amity, kinship, brotherliness.
  19. afford (verb) – bear, sustain, stand.
  20. face off (phrasal verb) – fight with; come into confrontation, be in opposition.
  21. togetherness (noun) – friendship, affinity, closeness.
  22. resilience (noun) – strength, toughness; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
  23. backdrop (noun) – situation, scenario, context.
  24. apparent (adjective) – evident/clear, visible, noticeable, recognizable.
  25. strand (noun) – element, aspect, factor/feature.
  26. stigmatisation (noun) – accusation, cursing, denouncement, discredit/dishonor, disparagement.
  27. sought past and past participle of seek (verb) – try, attempt, work towards.
  28. irrelevant (adjective) – immaterial, unrelated, not germane.
  29. aggravate (verb) – made serious/severe, worsen, compound, exacerbate, enrage.
  30. vocal (adjective) – vociferous, outspoken, forthright; relating to someone who expresses his/her views freely.
  31. diaspora (noun) – the people who spread/scatter from their own country to places across the world. Indian diaspora constitutes NRIs (Non-resident Indians) and PIOs (Persons of Indian origins).
  32. tout (verb) – endorse, support, praise.
  33. proponent (noun) – advocate, supporter, upholder/promoter.
  34. Islamophobic (adjective) – (of a person) having an unreasonable fear and dislike of Muslims.
  35. odious (adjective) – offensive, hateful, unpleasant; intolerable, unacceptable.
  36. digital behaviour (noun) – behaviour of a person in the digital age (e.g. while using social platforms to express views and etc,.).
  37. diatribe (noun) – a bitter verbal attack; a tirade, verbal onslaught, rant.
  38. loom (verb) – emerge, appear, become visible, take a threatening shape. 
  39. bilateral (adjective) – involving two groups or countries.
  40. nurture (verb) – encourage,promote, foster.
  41. ambassador (noun) – envoy, diplomat, consul.
  42. expatriate (noun) – refugee, exile, non-native.
  43. fabric (noun) – the basic/fundamental structure.
  44. rule of law (phrase) – it is described as “a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the State itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards.
  45. indeed (adverb) – in fact, actually, undeniably.
  46. narrative (noun) – a representation of a particular situation; portrayal/account.
  47. conspiracy (noun) – unlawful plan, intrigue, collaboration/deception.
  48. take shape (phrase) – become clear/definite, become tangible; develop, emerge, appear.
  49. congregation (noun) – gathering, assembly, meeting, conference.
  50. turn out (phrasal verb) – transpire, emerge; happen/occur.
  51. prodigious (adjective) – huge/large; strange, unusual, abnormal.
  52. source (noun) – place of origin.
  53. contagion (noun) – the spreading of a dangerous disease.
  54. unfortunate (adjective) – ill-fated, hapless, out of luck.
  55. script (verb) – write a plan of action.
  56. ignorant (adjective) – ill-mannered, bad-mannered, insensitive, uncivil, discourteous.
  57. fend off (verb) – repulse, resist, ward off, stop, black.
  58. scrutiny (noun) – observation, inspection, examination.
  59. shortcoming (noun) – fault, flaw, imperfection/defect.
  60. dishonourable (adjective) – disgraceful, shameful, blameworthy.
  61. amplify (verb) – intensify, magnify/raise, escalate.
  62. rife with (adjective) – overflowing, full of, overrun by.
  63. uncertainty (noun) – unpredictability, unreliability, riskiness/precariousness.
  64. reassurance (noun) – comfort, solace.
  65. despicable (adjective) – contemptible, loathsome, hateful.
  66. incivility (noun) – rudeness, discourtesy, impoliteness.
  67. timely (adjective) – opportune, well timed, at the right time, appropriate.
  68. in the face of (phrase) – when confronted with.
  69. calamity (noun) – disaster, catastrophe, tragedy.

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