an act or expression of criticism and censure
For Mr. Netanyahu, who entered the race an overwhelming favorite with no obvious challenger, the outcome was a humbling
rebuke as his ticket lost seats in the new Parliament.
someone new to a field or activity
Over all, his conservative team came in first, but it was the center, led by the political
novice Yair Lapid, 49, that emerged newly invigorated, suggesting that at the very least Israel’s rightward tilt may be stalled.
be received or understood
Mr. Lapid, a telegenic celebrity whose father made a splash with his own short-lived centrist party a decade ago, ran a campaign that
resonated with the middle class.
provoke the hostility of
Perhaps as important, he also avoided
antagonizing the right, having not emphasized traditional issues of the left, like the peace process.
an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
President Obama’s aggressive Inaugural Address on Monday presented Congressional Republicans with a stark choice over the next two years: accommodate the president’s agenda on immigration, guns, energy and social programs and hope to take the liberal edge off issues dictated by the White House, or dig in as the last
bulwark against a re-elected Democratic president and accept the political risks of that hard-line stance.
a situation in which no progress can be made
Even in the budget
impasses that forced spending cuts sought by conservatives, the Republicans’ ultimate goals — changes to entitlement programs and the tax code — have been out of reach.
a member of a people who have no permanent home
The Algerian Army escorted the workers anytime they left the sprawling compound, to and from the airport or as they headed to distant wells where they sometimes saw
nomads crossing the desert on camels.
a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
Now energy companies’ use of these far-flung outposts staffed by
expatriates is being scrutinized as never before.
the basic features of a system or organization
“This attack is highlighting in a ghastly way the security concerns around the global energy
infrastructure on which the world depends,” the oil historian Daniel Yergin said.
seclude from the world
To keep their
cloistered workers focused, companies often splurge on such amenities as swimming pools in the desert (In Amenas has one), steaks for lunch and air-conditioned gyms.