Useful Word of the Day 2020

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 Word of the Day
A high number of cases in a vast country with a creaky public health system was inevitable; but, such a high number is blaming an ill-timed lockdown. - BBC
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creaky   Speak
a.  bad in some way because it is old or old-fashioned

ill-timed   Speak
a.  occurring at or planned for an unsuitable time
Added on: 2020-09-26
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30 Words list: 2020-09-24, 2020-08-08
adherence   Speak
n. attachment or commitment to a person, cause, or belief
soar   Speak
v. quickly increases by a great deal
With increased mobility and reduced adherence to social distancing, mask wearing, and personal hygiene, the virus will soar again.
terrace   Speak
v. make sloping land into a number of level flat areas resembling a series of steps
irrigation   Speak
n. supply of water to land or crops to help growth, typically by means of channels
The Maya connected their cities with raised highways; and they made the land usable, and sustainable, with complex irrigation and terracing systems.
prick   Speak
v. make a small hole in (something) with a sharp point
electrified   Speak
a. having a sudden sense of great excitement, thrilled
wriggle   Speak
v. twist and turn with quick writhing movements
Despite my caution, I soon feel a sensation on my back, somewhere between being pricked and electrified and wriggle in shock.
vilification   Speak
n. abusively disparaging speech or writing
frenzied   Speak
a. wildly excited or uncontrolled
prime-time   Speak
n. regularly occurring time at which a television audience is expected to be greatest
The frenzied coverage of his death and vilification of his actor-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty has dominated prime-time in India.
circus   Speak
n. something noisy and confused
at a time   Speak
ad. during one particular moment
The media circus around the case comes at a time when India faces a host of critical issues.
stipend   Speak
n. a fixed regular sum paid as a salary or allowance
collaborator   Speak
n. a person who works jointly on an activity or project; an associate
Zhang received a monthly stipend of $1,900; and was also required to submit a report every six months, which his collaborator would read and sign.
indictment   Speak
n. a thing that serves to illustrate that a system or situation is bad and deserves to be condemned
grounds   Speak
n. (pl) factors forming a basis for action or the justification for a belief
A series of indictments against these researchers suggest the suspicions of US authorities have some grounds.
enshrine   Speak
v. place a revered or precious object in an appropriate receptacle
infringe   Speak
v. actively break the terms of a law or agreement
That coronavirus regulations infringe on basic rights and freedoms enshrined in Germany's constitution.
disperse   Speak
v. distribute or spread over a wide area
flout   Speak
v. openly disregard
Police ordered one group to disperse for flouting safety rules, then arrested 200 after rocks and bottles were thrown.
knack   Speak
n. an acquired or natural skill at performing a task
unabashed   Speak
a. not embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed
Ridley Scott had the same knack, as did Stanley Kubrick: the wit to combine a vivid imagination with unabashed showmanship in order to explore complex ideas.
globe-trot   Speak
v. travel widely
looming   Speak
a. giving signs of immediate occurrence
He's at it with Tenet, which is a globe-trotting sci-fi-spy drama starring John David Washington, who is given the not insignificant task in a looming World War III.
influencer   Speak
n. a person or thing that influences another
drop shipper   Speak
n. agent, distributor, or retailer who earns a commission on orders passed on to the manufacturer or original supplier
knock off   Speak
n. a copy that sells for less than the original
Manager of influencer Zara McDermott told BBC that her email inbox is flooded with offers from drop shippers asking to promote what she believes to be knock-off goods.
uproar   Speak
n. a loud and impassioned noise or disturbance
hashtag   Speak
n. a word or phrase preceded by a hash sign, used on social media to identify messages on a specific topic
The restaurant caused an uproar on Chinese social media, hashtags about it have been viewed more than 300 million times on the social platform Weibo.
blatant   Speak
a. done openly and unashamedly