Ten Words from Today's NY Times - November 14, 2012 10 words

  1. hasten
    speed up the progress of; facilitate
    France announced Tuesday that it was recognizing the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition and would consider arming the group, seeking to inject momentum into a broad Western and Arab effort to build a viable and effective opposition that would hasten the end of a stalemated civil war that has destabilized the Middle East.
  2. array
    an orderly arrangement
    The goal was to make an opposition leadership — both inside and outside the country — representative of the array of Syrian groups pressing for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad.
  3. mayhem
    violent and needless disturbance
    Although Mr. Assad is increasingly isolated as his country descends further into mayhem and despair after 20 months of conflict, he has survived partly because of the disagreements and lack of unity among his opponents.
  4. legitimacy
    lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law
    “They’ve decided to back this umbrella organization and hope that it has some kind of political legitimacy and keep it from going to extremists,” he said.
  5. espionage
    the systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets
    The F.B.I. investigation that toppled the director of the C.I.A. and has now entangled the top American commander in Afghanistan underscores a danger that civil libertarians have long warned about: that in policing the Web for crime, espionage and sabotage, government investigators will unavoidably invade the private lives of Americans.
  6. sabotage
    a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
    The F.B.I. investigation that toppled the director of the C.I.A. and has now entangled the top American commander in Afghanistan underscores a danger that civil libertarians have long warned about: that in policing the Web for crime, espionage and sabotage, government investigators will unavoidably invade the private lives of Americans.
  7. jostle
    make one's way by jostling, pushing, or shoving
    For years now, as national security officials and experts have warned of a Pearl Harbor cyberattack that could fray the electrical grid or collapse stock markets, policy makers have jostled over which agencies should be assigned the delicate task of monitoring the Internet for dangerous intrusions.
  8. vulnerable
    capable of being wounded or hurt
    By having a secret extramarital affair, for instance, Mr. Petraeus was arguably making himself vulnerable to blackmail, which would be a serious concern for a top intelligence officer.
  9. stingy
    deficient in amount or quality or extent
    As the nation’s largest banks stay stingy with credit and a growing portion of the population has no bank at all, major retailers are stepping into the void.
  10. bristle
    react in an offended or angry manner
    While the banks are likely to bristle at such competition, supporters of the retailers say the stores are stepping into areas that banks have abandoned.