The Hindu Editorial (Snooping or saving? on proposed online surveillance) Vocab – 28 Dec, 2018

Laws seeking to regulate online activity, especially on social media, will have to be tested against two fundamental rights: free speech and privacy. Regulations that abridge these rights tend to operate in both positive and negative ways. 

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Today’s Vocabulary for The Hindu Editorial (Snooping or saving? on proposed online surveillance) – Dec 28, 2018


  • Snooping (noun) जासूसी करना
    Meaning – an unauthorized/secret access to another person’s or company’s data.
    Sentence – Don’t generate any emails that would make their snooping worthwhile.
  • Surveillance (noun) – निगरानी
    Meaning – Close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal.
    Synonyms – observation, scrutiny, inspection.
    Sentence – Terrorism has to be fought with knowledge, with surveillance and intelligence.
  • Legitimate (adjective) – वैध
    Meaning – Conforming to the law or to rules.
    Synonyms – valid, logical, lawful/authentic.
    Sentence – The appellant had no other legitimate purpose for making the claim.
  • Abridge (verb) संक्षेप करना
    Meaning – Shorten (a piece of writing) without losing the sense.
    Synonyms – curtail; lessen, reduce, decrease.
    Sentence – Dharma has plans for a 300-page abridged version of the book.
  • Statutory (adjective) वैधानिक
    Meaning – Required, permitted, or enacted by statute.
    Synonyms – legitimate, permissible, admissible.
    Sentence – Unlike medicine, nursing and osteopathy, there is no statutory regulation of homeopaths.
  • Breach (noun) उल्लंघन
    Meaning – An act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct.
    Synonyms – contravention, violation, infringement.
    Sentence – I am talking about gross breaches of code of conduct.
  • Suspicion (noun) संदेह
    Meaning – A feeling or thought that something is possible, likely, or true.
    Synonyms – speculation, doubt, misgiving (of other people).
    Sentence – Is her suspicion that all humans are capable of evil true?
  • Evoke (verb) – पुकारना
    Meaning – Bring or recall (a feeling, memory, or image) to the conscious mind.
    Synonyms – invoke, give rise to, bring forth.
    Sentence – On seeing the picture, it evoked pleasant memories of times spent at school in the past.
  • Intercept (verb) अवरोधन
    Meaning – Obstruct (someone or something) so as to prevent them from continuing to a destination.
    Synonyms – obstruct, impede, interrupt/detain.
    Sentence – The vehicles were intercepted and stopped by police.
  • Furore (or) furor (noun) – उत्तेजना, कोहराम
    Meaning – An outbreak of public anger or excitement.
    Synonyms – commotion, uproar, outcry/agitation.
    Sentence – The whole furore happened when the public hadn’t heard the song.
  • Decryption (noun) 
    Meaning – conversion of encrypted data into its original form is called decryption; translation, interpretation, comprehension/understanding.
    Sentence – The security module authorizes these programs for decryption.
  • Intermediary (noun) मध्यस्थ
    Meaning – a company that facilitates the use of the Internet/net work services.
    Synonyms – go-between, negotiator, intervenor, interceder
    Sentence – The fund will raise money from the fees paid by the investment intermediaries.
  • Envisage (verb) – परिकल्पना
    Meaning – Contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event.
    Synonyms – foresee, predict, forecast.
    Sentence – I do not pretend to be able to envisage all the various possibilities.
  • Obligation (noun) कर्तव्य
    Meaning – An act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment.
    Synonyms – condition, requirement; moral imperative/responsibility.
    Sentence – I have an obligation to look after her
  • Throw up (phrasal verb) 
    Meaning – produce something.
  • Bank on (phrasal verb) 
    Meaning – rely on, depend on, count on.
  • Encryption (noun) 
    Meaning – the process of encoding a message or information to protect from unauthorized person.
    Sentence – Computer security experts increasingly recommend encryption for protecting stored data.
  • By/through the back door (phrase) 
    Meaning – indirect ways to do something intended.
  • Stringent (adjective) – कड़ी से कड़ी, कठोर
    Meaning – (of regulations, requirements, or conditions) strict, precise, and exacting.
    Synonyms – strict/stern, severe, tough/rigorous.
    Sentence – This is now rare, as there are stringent regulations to limit exposure to such a hazard.
  • Curb (verb) – नियंत्रण
    Meaning – A check or restraint on something.
    Synonyms – control, restrain, contain.
    Sentence – Despite the rosy growth forecasts, it has announced strict curbs on the industry.
  • Pornography (noun) कामोद्दीपक चित्र
    Meaning – obscene or indecent digital material (movies, pictures, magazines, etc.,) that show or describe sexual matters in order to cause sexual excitement.
    Sentence – There’s always a tricky issue when you get into stolen material or pornography.


  • Paedophilia (noun) – बाल यौन शोषण
    Meaning – sexual attraction to children by adults. 
  • Foment (verb) भड़काना
    Meaning – Instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action)
    Synonyms – instigate, incite/excite, stir up.
    Sentence – They could use their combat skills to foment a violent revolution.
  • Sectarian (adjective) सांप्रदायिक
    Meaning – denoting a sect (a group of people)
    Synonyms – factional, partisan.
    Sentence – Well first of all I don’t think of religion at all in sectarian terms.
  • Lynch-mob (noun) बेकायदा प्राणदंड देने वाली भीड़
    Meaning – a group of people punishing/killing someone by hanging for claimed offence without legal trail.
    Sentence – Democracy is a wonderful thing, but lynch mobs can vote, too.
  • Strike a balance (phrase) 
    Meaning – find a fair & reasonable line of action between two contrasting things.
  • Salutary (adjective) – लाभदायक
    Meaning – (especially with reference to something unwelcome or unpleasant) producing good effects; beneficial.
    Synonyms – beneficial/productive, good, practical.
    Sentence – A rise in joblessness could cancel out the strong euro’s salutary effect on consumer spending.


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