The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 37

The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary Words with Meanings for various Exams: SBI PO/Clerk, IBPS PO/Clerk, RRB, RBI, LIC, NABARD, SEBI, SSC, UPSC, IPPB, etc.

We are providing vocabulary words from the Editorial articles The Hindu newspaper which are important for the all upcoming competitive exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary words list.


TOPIC – Deadly trail

Firefighters keep reminding people that fire is a good servant but a bad master, and the blaze that engulfed a private COVID-­19 hospital in Mumbai’s Bhandup area on Thursday night comes as a reminder of how true that axiom is. At least nine people died as flames and smoke spread through the facility housed in a mall. Coming soon after the fire that snuffed out the lives of infants in Bhandara, again in Maharashtra, the tragedy focuses attention on the failure to make fire safety a systemic imperative in public buildings. There is no clarity on where the inferno originated, and whether the hospital housed in a commercial building under ‘extraordinary circumstances’ for COVID­19 patients was equipped for the purpose. The majority of patients were evacuated and admitted to other hospitals. A solatium for the families of the victims has been announced by the State government, and predictable promises to investigate the incident have been made. These steps, though welcome, do little to change the image of decrepitude that marks policies on public safety in the country, and the generally ineffectual nature of inspections and certifications. Fire may be an accident, but the idea of protocols is to prevent it from having a devastating effect on lives and property. It should be pointed out that after a fire in Rajkot last November, the Supreme Court took suo moto cognizance of the incident and issued directions, one of which was to task an officer with fire safety for each COVID­19 hospital. States have only themselves to blame if their officers ignore such guidelines, and avoidable fires claim lives. Hospital fires are a distinct entity in the literature on safety, since the presence of incapacitated patients, oxygen­suff used environments, plenty of air­conditioning, and lack of sufficient physical space creates a devastating combination when disaster strikes. The National Disaster Management Guidelines of 2016 issued by the NDMA address these characteristics, with recommendations on infrastructural and systemic improvements — from comparative to ultimate safety — to reduce the risk of deadly fires. Yet, it is clear that even some of the basic recommendations, such as the availability of open space to move patients in an emergency, are beyond the scope of legacy buildings created for other purposes. What is feasible is for experts to assess the quality of infrastructure, specifically electrical installations, ensuring the retrofitting of structures with flame retardant materials and triaging of patients to reduce crowding. Recurring infernos should also convince States that they must create scientifically designed public health facilities that meet the needs of populous cities, reversing the policy of leaving this crucial function largely to for­profit entities where the imperative to cure is often pitted against cost and profit concerns.

The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Blaze (verb) – Shine brightly and intensively

Synonyms – flame, flash, glare, gleam, dazzle

Antonyms – extinguish, dark, gloom, dusk, stutter


Axiom (noun) – Widely accepted on its own merits

Synonyms – maxim, dictum, adage , conviction, aphorism

Antonyms – bullshit, paradox, absurdity, ambiguity, enigma


Imperative (adjective) – Requiring attention or action

Synonyms – essential, indispensable, peremptory, imperious, exigent

Antonyms – minor, needless, trivial, ancillary, inconsequential


Evacuate(verb) – Empty completely

Synonyms – vacate, void, discharge, excrete, expel

Antonyms – remain, occupy, muddle, adhere


Decrepitude (noun) – A state of deterioration due to old age or long use

Synonyms – dilapidation, infirmity, decay, feebleness, senility

Antonyms – health, wellness


Cognizance (noun) – Having knowledge of

Synonyms – awareness, consciousness, perception, appreciation, heed

Antonyms – ignorance, obliviousness, disregard, fog, neglect


Devastating (adjective) – Capable of wreaking complete destruction

Synonyms – destructive, ruinous, disastrous, withering, annihilating

Antonyms – constructive, bland, airy, ameliorative, benign


Retardant (noun) – Anything that prevents something from happening

Synonyms – delay, decelerator, inhibito,r brominated

Antonyms – advantage, bonus, desirous, hurry

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