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In our last article, we focussed on how reading editorials can be troublesome when you come across a range of difficult words. To make this task easy, we have started with a series of articles where we highlight the difficult words and put the relevant meaning next to it. Let’s have a look at today’s editorials and difficult words therein.

Difficult Words and their Meaning in the Editorial: Let it play




Inheritance Succession
Precisely Exactly
Controversy Dispute/Strong disagreement
Set the cats among the pigeons To do something that is likely to cause controversy or unrest
Held the country to ransom Demanded something from the country by threatening them with a harmful consequence if it doesn’t comply
Expressive Characterized by expression
Forth Out into view
Gratuitous Unnecessary & unwarranted
Allegations Formal accusation
Sponsored Provided the financial resources for a project
Rank Row of people
Swung Influenced decisively
Precipitate Done with very great haste and without due deliberation
Bestselling Selling in great numbers
Bruited Spread rumors
Wrested Obtain by seizing forcefully
Screening Examination in order to test suitably
Censor An authority which watches theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable
Gleaned Gathered
Mythical Lacking factual basis
Venerate Be in awe of
Corporeal Having physical form or substance
Aandhi A 1975 political drama film
Erased Removed
Blacklisted Put on a blacklist so as to banish or cause to be boycotted
Depiction A representation by picture
Vasectomy Surgery removing some or all parts of vas deferens
Campaign A series of actions advancing a principle
Reprise Repeat an earlier theme
Overzealous Marked by intense devotion to a cause
Empire A domain ruled by an emperor
Sentiments Feelings

Difficult Words and their Meaning in the Editorial: Strange deal: on new e-commerce police



Muddled Confused and vague
Foreign Direct Investment An investment made by a firm or individual in one country into business interests located in another country
Scuttling Intentionally cause to fail
Marketplace model A marketplace model is a type of e-commerce site where product or service information is provided by multiple third parties, whereas transactions are processed by the marketplace operator
Inventory Stock
Barring An act of excluding something
Altered Changed
Overhaul Renovation
Shareholding A holding in the form of shares of corporations
Account for Be the explanation for
Bar Disallow
Equity stake The percentage of a business owned by the holder of some number of shares of stock in that company
Deemed Kept in mind
Latter The second of two things mentioned
Enunciated Expressed
Non-discriminatory Unbiased
Level playing field a situation in which everyone has a fair and equal chance of succeeding.
Cashbacks a form of incentive offered to buyers of certain products whereby they receive a cash refund after making their purchase
Preferential Subscription Services Subscription services like Amazon Prime which provide benefits to specific customers
Trickier Having concealed difficulty
Voluntarily On one’s own will
Quell Crush
Long-brewing Ongoing since long
Disquiet Mild Anxiety
Surge A rapid rise
Multi-brand retail Selling multiple brands under one roof
Protectionism The policy of imposing duties or quotas on imports in order to protect home industries from overseas competition
Tenets Key principles

Difficult Words and their Meaning in the Editorial: Using force to build a wall

Word Meaning
Courted Made advances towards
Suffice Be adequate
Halfway Including only half or a portion
Unequivocal Clearly defined
Unmindful Not attentive
Thrown down the gauntlet Declared as a challenge
Detractors Who disparages or belittles the worth of something
Obduracy Firmness showing inflexibility
Hindsight Understanding the nature of an event after it has happened
Ran into rough weather Ran into difficulties
Perceived Became aware
Wilfully Habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
Embarrassing Causing to feel shame
Intervened Interfered
Gesture Something done as an indication of intention
Secular Of or relating to the doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations
Meltdown A display of bad temper
Helter-skelter With undue hurry and confusion
Ultimatum A final peremptory demand


We hope this article would not only help in understanding editorials while you read them, but it would also help you in enriching and augmenting your word-power. Wishing you all the best for your preparation!

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