Electoral competition, not ideological conflict, is the biggest obstacle to the making of political alliances. The coming together of the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party is not on account of any new-found affinity, but because of the cessation of an old rivalry.
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Today’s Vocabulary for The Hindu Editorial (Home and beyond: on TDP forming alliance with opposition) – Nov 03, 2018
- Fortunes (noun) – भाग्य, तक़दीर
Meaning – Chance or luck as an arbitrary force affecting human affairs.
Synonyms – coincidence, circumstances, condition, state of affairs, accident, destiny, twist of fate.
Sentence – Some are not so lucky, but I believe that fortune has smiled on him.
- Affinity (noun) – आत्मीयता, लगाव, संबंध
Meaning – A natural liking for and understanding of someone or something.
Synonyms – association, link, bond, relationship, harmony.
Sentence – The natural affinity between these two just seems to be a fact.
- Cessation (noun) – समाप्ति, अंत
Meaning – The fact or process of ending or being brought to an end.
Synonyms – ending, termination, suspension.
Sentence – Making dietary changes could either support or hinder smoking cessation.
- Breakaway (adjective) – तितर-बितर हो जाना
Meaning – A divergence or radical change from something established or long-standing.
Synonyms – separatist, secessionist, dissenting group.
Sentence – Rock was a breakaway from pop.
- Grant (verb) – अनुदान, उपहार,स्वीकार करना
Meaning – Agree to give or allow (something requested) to.
Synonyms – Give, accord, permit, present (power/recognition).
Sentence – The judge granted his request to testify behind a screen.
- Bifurcation (noun) – द्विभाजन, दो शाखाओं में बांटना
Meaning – Division of something into two branches or parts.
Synonyms – Separation, dividing,
Sentence – The bifurcation of the profession.
- Forge (verb) – बनाना, मन से गढ़ लेना.
Meaning – Make or shape (a metal object) by heating it in a fire or furnace and hammering it.
Synonyms – Build, form, create, hammer out.
Sentence – She taught me to forge iron bells out of nails hammered into the shape of feathers.
- Bound to (adjective) – करने के लिए बाध्य
Meaning – Certain to be or to do or have something.
Synonyms – certain, sure, very likely, guaranteed.
Sentence – His job kept him city-bound.
- Non-starter (noun) – सफलता प्राप्त न कर सकनेवाला
Meaning – A person or animal that fails to take part in a race.
Synonyms – failure, fiasco, catastrophe, mess.
Sentence – As a business proposition it’s a non-starter.
- Catalyst (noun) – उत्प्रेरक, मुख्य स्रोत
Meaning – A person or thing that precipitates an event.
Synonyms – stimulus, motivation, fillip, encouragement.
Sentence – The prime minister’s speech acted as a catalyst for debate.
- Uncouple (verb) – जुदा करना, संबंध तोड़ना, अलग करना
Meaning – Disconnect (something, especially a railway vehicle that has been coupled to another)
Synonyms – disengage, disconnect, detach.
Sentence – Public housing rents will be uncoupled from income.
- Unseat(verb) – तोड़ना, छोड़ना
Meaning – Cause (someone) to fall from a horse or bicycle.
Synonyms – remove from office, depose, dethrone.
Sentence – She gasped as he unseated her and she tumbled to the ground.
- Tie up (phrasal verb)
Meaning – Settle, finalize, conclude.
- Lie with (phrasal verb)
Meaning – (of a responsibility) be caused by/belonging to.
- On account of (phrase)
Meaning – because of, owing to, due to, by virtue of.
- Drive away (phrasal verb)
Meaning – disband, separate, dispel, break up.
- Ghost in daylight (phrase)
Meaning – (relating to) something which is there without real purpose and so without real existence.
- Stand to (phrasal verb)
Meaning – be in a position, be ready.
- Make headway (phrase)
Meaning – make progress, make strides, gain ground, progress.
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