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The importance of reading editorials of reputed newspapers is not hidden from anybody. What causes obstruction are difficult words which act like speed-breakers forcing you to either refer to a dictionary for its meaning or simply guess it. While getting the meaning from the dictionary is the best way to understand it, sometimes a dictionary is not within your reach. Also, a number of aspirants get confused when they see more than one meaning next to a word in a dictionary. It becomes a difficult process for them to pick the relevant meaning.

We at PracticeMock understand this and that’s why we have come up with a series of Editorials’ Difficult Words where we shortlist the important editorials of the day and pick the difficult words/phrases therein. Next to the word, we put only the contextual meaning so that you don’t get confused. Let’s check out today’s editorials.

Breaking barriers: on two women’s Sabarimala temple entry: DIFFICULT WORDS/PHRASES AND THEIR MEANINGS

Word Meaning
albeit although
stealth
avoiding detection by moving carefully
blockade
something which prevents progress
menstruation
the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause
shrine place of worship
upsurge
a sudden or abrupt strong increase
orchestrated
plan and control how a complex undertaking is done
covert hidden
cynical
Believing the worst of human nature and motives
sanctum sanctorum
a place of inviolable privacy
invoke
bring into existence
regressive
opposing progress
defilement
the state of being polluted
desecration
the act of depriving something of its sacred character
inevitably by necessity

 

Unavoidable option: DIFFICULT WORDS/PHRASES AND THEIR MEANINGS

Word Meaning
extraneous Not pertinent
evergreen
always seeming fresh or remaining popular
forbearance
good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
bone of contention
the subject of dispute
standoff
a deadlock between two equally matched opponents in a dispute or conflict
backdrop
the context and environment in which something is set
leeway
allowing some freedom to move within limits
trenchant
having keenness, forcefulness, and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect
body blow
a serious or devastating setback
fire fighting
quickly solving urgent problems, esp. other people’s problems
having skin in the game
to be at risk financially because you have invested in something that you want to happen
intertwined twisted together
chipping in
providing a part of a whole amount
usurious
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
inordinate
beyond normal limits
genesis
a coming into being
pruning
weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
botched made a mess of
one-off
a happening that occurs only once and is not repeated
peg
stabilize (the price of a commodity or an exchange rate) by legislation or market operations
NPAs
Non-performing assets
nudge push into action

 

Dark side of the moon: on China’s moon mission: DIFFICULT WORDS/PHRASES AND THEIR MEANINGS

Word Meaning
payloads
the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo
planetary
Relating to the physical or orbital characteristics of a planet
exoplanet
a planet orbiting a star other than the sun
gush
come out in a jet or stream
erasure correction
dichotomies being twofold
emanating proceeding
haven shelter
Big Bang
the cosmic explosion that is hypothesized to have marked the origin of the universe
herald presage

 

In a state of flux: DIFFICULT WORDS/PHRASES AND THEIR MEANINGS

Word Meaning
tapering off
becoming smaller
impaired
diminished in quality
converging
coming together so as to form a single product
slowdown
the act of slowing down
impulses forces
shelved
held back to a later time
trails lags
intermediary
a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
bona fide
undertaken in good faith
smack suggest
entangled deeply involved
robust
strong enough to withstand or overcome intellectual challenges or adversity

 

We hope this article has helped you understand some new words and their usage. Let us know in the comments section below if you have any feedback to share.


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