The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary (Transition incomplete) – 07 September, 2021



  1. Transition (noun) – change, transformation.
  2. Transition government (noun) – interim government, provisional government; an emergency governmental authority set up to manage a political transition generally in the cases of new nations or following the collapse of the previous governing administration.
  3. Factionalism (noun) – it refers to conflict and infighting between small groups (factions) within a larger one, especially in politics.
  4. Join hands (phrase) – work together with.
  5. Disarm (verb) – deprive of arms, take weapons from. 
  6. Mobilise (verb) – (of resources) bring together for a specific cause.
  7. Heir apparent (noun) – successor, next in line.
  8. Regime (noun) – government.
  9. Topple (verb) – overthrow, oust, unseat, overturn.
  10. Invasion (noun) – occupation, conquering, capture, seizure, annexation, takeover.
  11. Reportedly (adverb) – supposedly, seemingly, apparently, professedly, ostensibly, purportedly.
  12. Back (verb) – support, endorse, advocate, promote, uphold.
  13. Reconciliation (noun) – adjustment, balancing, matching, harmonization; making something (account) compatible/consistent.
  14. Designate (adjective/suffix) – used to describe someone who has been officially selected to do a particular job, but has not yet started doing it.
  15. Oil-rich (adjective) – making a lot of money (wealth) through oil.
  16. Demise (noun) – death, dying, passing away.
  17. Brotherhood (noun) – society, group, union, community.
  18. Counterweight (noun) – an equivalent (group/outfit/force); counterbalance, equipoise.
  19. Militancy (noun) – extremist, radical, sectarian group.
  20. Slide (noun) – fall, drop, descend, decline.
  21. Chaos (noun) – disorder, disarray, turmoil, disorganization, disruption.
  22. Renegade (adjective) – disloyal, rebel, rebellious.
  23. Prop up (phrasal verb) – support financially, fund, finance. 
  24. Fight off (phrasal verb) – repel, force back, push back, resist.
  25. Faction (noun) – group, section, division (within a larger group).
  26. Pressing (adjective) – urgent, critical, crucial, important.
  27. Rump (noun) – remainder, remnants, remains.
  28. Strife (noun) – conflict, friction, discord, disagreement.
  29. Readiness (noun) – preparedness; willingness, inclination to do something.
  30. Elite (noun) – high society people; the group of most powerful people in a society.
  31. Set aside (phrasal verb) – discard, abandon, dispense with, cast aside, drop.

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