Friends..Let's learn some new English words and improve our vocabulary. The Best and easy for that is reading the editorial from The Hindu newspaper. You can't finish reading a Hindu Editorial article without referring a Dictionary. That shows the number of words used by their editorial team in the articles, which are not so commonly used. If you ask any regular reader of The Hindu, they will surely say they are the Big Fans of the Editorials. It improves our vocabulary as well as brings all the Current Affairs topics to our forefront.
As you know, The Hindu always has two editorials in a day. So let's have a look at the Editorials of 14 November 2015.
(A) BJP’s larger stock-taking (Please read the article first and then come back to us. We are only covering the English Words)
First Editorial for the day is about the defeat of BJP in Bihar Assembly Polls. Let's have a look at the words used in this editorial which are not so commonly used.
1. The attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s current leadership by its most senior veterans continues to force a quiet churn, and where it will end is not yet clear.
(a) churn - to move something, especially a liquid, with great force.
Other examples: The sea was churned up by heavy winds.
2. Reason for the party’s defeat in Bihar was the manner in which it had been “emasculated in the last year”.
(a) emasculated - to reduce the effectiveness of something.
Other examples: They were accused of trying to emasculate the report's recommendations.
3. In the days after, sundry party members have joined issue with one of the two groups.
(a) sundry - several different; various.
Other examples: Sundry distant relatives, most of whom I hardly recognized, turned up for my brother's wedding.
4. But it would be deflecting from the difficult questions posed by the Bihar verdict if the repercussions were to be seen as simply an organisational tussle between the incumbents and the marginalised in the party’s power structure.
(a) verdict - an opinion or decision made after judging the facts that are given, especially one made at the end of a trial.
(b) repercussions - the effect that an action, event, or decision has on something, especially a bad effect.
Other examples: Any decrease in tourism could have serious repercussions for the local economy.
(c) tussle - to have difficult disagreements or strong arguments.
(d) incumbents - officially having the named position.
Other examples: The incumbent president faces problems which began many years before he took office.
5. A defeat as spectacular as this, because of the BJP’s slide in Bihar’s electoral stakes since the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 and the aura of invincibility around Mr. Modi, was bound to have organisational reverberations.
(a) stakes - a share or a financial involvement in something such as a business.
(b) aura - a feeling or character that a person or place seems to have.
(c) invincible - Incapable of being overcome or defeated; unconquerable.
(d) reverberations - effects that spread and affect a lot of people.
Other examples: This move is likely to have reverberations throughout the health service.
6. However, in Bihar the BJP ran a sectarian campaign that included, on occasion, polarising statements by the Prime Minister and the BJP president.
(a) sectarian - strongly supporting a particular religious group and not willing to accept other beliefs.
7. In the event, warnings about a possible BJP defeat being celebrated in Pakistan, with all its Muslim-targeting innuendo, and reservations being protected from encroachment by a particular community, went rebuffed.
(a) innuendo - a remark or remarks that suggest something sexual or something unpleasant but do not refer to it directly.
(b) rebuffed - to refuse to accept a helpful suggestion or offer from someone, often by answering in an unfriendly way.
Other examples: She rebuffed all suggestions that she should resign.
8. When he goes out to campaign for his party, he does not cease even for a moment to be Prime Minister.
(a) does not cease - doen not put an end to; discontinue
9. When he deploys party rhetoric, he does not speak only to potential voters, but to all Indians.
(a) rhetoric - speech or writing intended to be effective and influence people.
Other examples: How far the president will be able to translate his campaign rhetoric into action remains to be seen.