The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 112

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 in The Hindu newspaper which is important for all the upcoming competitive exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary words list.


TOPIC – Noble intentions

As India ended its month long presidency of the UN Security Council this week, the Government claimed a victory of sorts for chairing a session that resulted in the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2593, condemning terrorism and urging the Taliban to ensure human rights in Afghanistan. The Government has said that the resolution — sponsored by the U.S., the U.K. and France — addressed key Indian concerns, calling for the Taliban to ensure safe evacuations of Afghans wishing to leave and not allowing Afghan soil to be used for terrorist activity. The passage of the resolution was timely, practically coinciding with the exit of the last U.S. troops from Kabul, and the Taliban’s declaration of complete victory. It also followed on three discussions held under India’s chairmanship that have set out the expectations from the new regime in Afghanistan: the importance of upholding rights; to push for an inclusive, negotiated political settlement for government, and condemning all acts of terror, including the recent attack on Kabul airport; preventing any future attacks, and combating of the presence of Undesignated entities. However, the resolution did not contain any consequential language that would give the UNSC’s stated intentions any real teeth, and appears to accept the Taliban regime as the default force in Afghanistan. While it is very early to consider more punitive action against the Taliban for violating their commitments by using the UN Charter’s “Chapter 7” mandate, that empowers the UNSC to maintain peace, it is disappointing that India chaired resolution does not contain language that would hold the new regime more accountable. The watered-down language was probably on account of severe opposition from Russia and China, who later decided to abstain. This divide in the P5 nations will only prove to be counterproductive if the UNSC wants to remain “seized” of the situation, as the resolution affirms. It is hoped that the UN system acknowledges the powerful leverage it has in Afghanistan’s future and actualizes all mechanisms in its mandate to monitor the progress of government formation. A major tool is the India chaired 1988 (Taliban) Sanctions Committee, due to meet soon, which needs to ensure that no designated leader of the Taliban and their associates are given recourse to funds, arms or travel permission unless they show a commitment to international principles. The renewal, on September 17, of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan’s mandate is another lever. As a concerned neighbor of Afghanistan, one that could be drastically affected by an uptick in terrorism there and a believer in the UN led multilateral order, India still has a role in Afghan’s future. While it has decided to embark on talks with the Taliban in Doha, it must continue to play that role on the world stage.                                                                            


The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Condemning (verb) – Express complete disapproval of

Synonyms – Convict, denouncing, decry, doom, chastise

Antonyms – Acquitting, adoring, acclamatory, applaud, chirpsing


 Evacuations (noun) – The act of removing the contents of something

Synonyms – Secretions, exodus, catharses, coups, purges

Antonyms – Recruitment, penetrations, integration, arrival, achieve


Coinciding (adjective) – Occurring or operating at the same time

Synonyms – Coterminous, coexisting, synchronal, compatible, coeval

Antonyms – Dissonant, antipodal, clashing, detached, jurassic


Inclusive (adjective) – Including much or everything

Synonyms – Sweeping, catholic, generic, omnibus, eclectic

Antonyms – Privileged, bridled, constrained, confined, compact


Combating (verb) – Take action to reduce or prevent

Synonyms – Tackle, warring, clashing, belligerent, brawling

Antonyms – Acquiescing, barricading, capitulating, crumbling, garrisoning


Punitive (adjective) – Inflicting punishment

Synonyms – Retributive, punitory, stringent, stiff, vindictive

Antonyms – Acquitting, commuting, rehabilitative, compensatory, beneficial


Abstain (verb) – Choose not to consume

Synonyms – Refrain, desist, eschew, abjure, abnegate

Antonyms – Indulge, intervene, copulate, concede, imbibe


Leverage (noun) – Strategic advantage

Synonyms – Clout, dominance, ascendancy, toehold, supremacy

Antonyms – Inferiority, vending, breach, embargo, subordination


Designated (verb) – Officially give a specified status or name to

Synonyms – Denominated, christened, ordained, authorized, dubbed

Antonyms – Connote, unbaptized, whatchamacallit, cryptonymic, anonymous


Drastically (adverb) – In a way that is likely to have a strong or far-reaching effect

Synonyms – Radically, immensely, enormously, vastly, dang

Antonyms – Mildly, trivially, triflingly, smally, slenderly


Embark (verb) – Proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers

Synonyms – Venture, emplane, inaugurate, decamp, boarded

Antonyms – Cessation, consummate, denouement, descend, extinguish


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