The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary (A Patel at the helm) – 13 September, 2021



  1. At the helm (phrase) – in charge, in command/control/authority; in the driving seat.
  2. Helm (noun) – in charge, in command, in authority, position.
  3. Change of guard (phrase) – it used to refer to a situation in which there is a (dramatic) change in which new people are replacing people (existing) in positions of importance.
  4. Accommodate (verb) – adjust, adapt, attune, get accustomed, come to terms with, come to accept.
  5. Effect (verb) – bring about, cause to happen, cause to occur.
  6. Out of the blue (phrase) – used to describe any event that happens unexpectedly (and there is no warning or time to prepare); unexpectedly, suddenly.
  7. Intrigue (noun) – (secret) planning, scheming, plotting.
  8. Lead to (verb) – result in, cause, bring on.
  9. Keep something under wraps (phrase) – keep something secret.
  10. So far as (phrase) – to the extent that.
  11. Sedition (noun) – incitement (to riot/rebellion), agitation, trouble making/provocation (against the established government/authority).
  12. On the cards (phrase) – likely, possible, expected, in the offing.
  13. Backbone (noun) – mainstay, cornerstone, foundation, chief support.
  14. Elevation (noun) – rise, growth, promotion, upgrading, advancement. 
  15. Unsettle (verb) – disturb, upset, discomfit, disconcert.
  16. Cozy (adjective) – (of a relationship) intimate, relaxed, friendly; comfortable.
  17. Last (verb) – continue, remain, persist, exist.
  18. Ejection (noun) – expulsion, throwing out, removal, ousting.
  19. Tent (noun) – camp, base.
  20. Strategy (noun) – plan of action (in order to achieve a more expansive set of political, economic, and security interests).
  21. Rebel against (verb) – defy, disobey, flout, oppose, resist.
  22. Axis (noun) – alliance, coalition, bloc, union.
  23. Starkly (adverb) – clearly, distinctly, strikingly.
  24. Loom (verb) – emerge, appear, become visible, take a threatening shape.
  25. Restive (adjective) – restless, agitated; rebellious, insurgent; uncontrollable, unmanageable.
  26. Viable (adjective) – reasonable, practical, logical, sensible, effective.
  27. Rudderless (adjective) – having no (clear) aim/principle; lacking in control, lacking in direction.
  28. Designate (adjective/suffix) – used to describe someone who has been officially selected to do a particular job, but has not yet started doing it.
  29. Underscore (verb) – underline, emphasize, highlight.
  30. Entrench (verb) – ingrain, establish, embed.
  31. Reversal (noun) – change, turnaround, turnabout, about-face, u-turn, sea change.
  32. Diverse (adjective) – very different, varying, multiple.
  33. Project (verb) – present someone in a specific way.
  34. Subsequent (adjective) – following, ensuing, succeeding, successive.
  35. Exception (noun) – anomaly, deviation, departure, special case.
  36. Resent (verb) – feel aggrieved about, feel bitter about, be annoyed about, dislike.
  37. Veteran (noun as modifier ) – (long-serving) expert, seasoned, mature, established/experienced (person in an area of activity).
  38. Warhorse (noun) – an experienced politician; veteran.
  39. Successor (noun) – inheritor, next-in-line, descendant.
  40. Ongoing (adjective) – current, existing, continuing.
  41. Stand-off (noun) – deadlock, stalemate, impasse (in a dispute/conflict).

Source : The Hindu Newspaper

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