The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 181

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 – Far from over

The missile strike at Syria’s Latakia port on Tuesday is yet another reminder that the conflict in the Arab country is far from over. This is the second strike on Latakia, one of the busiest ports in Syria, within weeks, and Damascus has blamed Israel on both occasions. The Israeli authorities have neither confirmed nor rejected the accusations, but it is a fact that Israel has carried out air and missile attacks inside Syria in recent years. After the strike on Latakia in early December, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, “We are pushing back on the bad forces of the region day and night.” The multi-faceted Syrian crisis has evolved over the years. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, with help from Russia and Iran, has defeated most of the rebel groups and recaptured almost all lost territories, except Idlib. But Mr. Assad’s apparent victory did not end the conflict. When Iran, which supplied men and weapons to Mr. Assad, built up its influence in the country, Israel, which has been occupying Syria’s Golan Heights for decades, viewed it as a security threat. Russia, whose primary focus in Syria is on the survival of the Assad regime and the protection of its own troops and assets deployed there, has largely stayed away from the Iran-Israel cold war. This gives Israel a free hand in Syria to target the Iranian and Hezbollah shipments. The Israeli approach, however, has two key problems. One, the repeated strikes are a flagrant violation of Syria’s sovereignty. Israel, which has hardly upheld international norms and laws when it comes to its security policies, is setting another bad precedent. Second, Syria, devastated by the civil war, is emerging as a new front in the Israel-Iran tussle. In recent years, Israel has reportedly carried out sabotage activities inside Iran and assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists. Iran, in return, has attacked Israel-linked vessels in the Gulf and Mediterranean waters and enhanced supplies to Shia rebel groups in the region. The Latakia strike has come at a time when international powers are trying to revive the Iran nuclear deal, post-2018. If these attempts collapse and Iran presses ahead with its nuclear programme, the chances of an Israel-Iran military conflict will soar. Israel has already said that all options are on the table to “prevent” Iran from going nuclear. So, Syria appears to be a pawn in this game between the big powers of West Asia. Enfeebled by the civil war and dependent on Iran and Russia for survival, Damascus lacks the political will and resources to either check Iran’s influence or deter Israel’s attack. For Syria to see relative peace there has to be a dial-down in tensions between Israel and Iran. A good beginning point would be the revival of the nuclear deal.


The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Accusations (noun) – A charge or claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong

Synonyms – Inculpation, slur, gripe, plea, innuendo

Antonyms – Plaudits, adulation, reprieve, amnesty, remittal


Recaptured (verb) – To have recovered something that has been misplaced, stolen, or hidden away

Synonyms – Salvaged, fetched, gotten, gleaned, recuperated

Antonyms – Concealed, burglarized, pilfered, heisted, swindled


Apparent (adjective) – Clearly visible or understood

Synonyms – Ostensible, illusory, putative, inferential, ersatz

Antonyms – Veracious, spontaneous, veridical, factual, literal


Deployed (verb) – To position or arrange in a given place or position

Synonyms – Garrison, posits, emplace, billet, perch

Antonyms – Conceal, disarrange, concentrate, disturb, unrig


Flagrant (adjective) – Conspicuously or obviously bad, wrong or offensive

Synonyms – Atrocious, scandalous, overt, villainous, arrant

Antonyms –Clandestine, furtive, incognito, sneaky, stealth


Devastated (verb) – Destroy or ruin

Synonyms – Ravaged, extirpated, smashed, felled, gutted

Antonyms – Mended, prosperous, intact, sorted, rectified


 Sabotage (noun) – Willful damage or destruction, often of property

Synonyms –Vandalism, attrition, vitiation, scarring, blemish

Antonyms –Expedition, assistance, fidelity, devotion, loyalty


Assassinated (verb) – To kill or murder someone

Synonyms –Snuff, whack, croak, guillotine, crucify

Antonyms –Resuscitate, revivify, sentinel, shirk, initiate


Pawn (noun) – A person used by others for their own purposes

Synonyms –Lackey, flunky, chump, poodle, juggins

Antonyms –Exploiter, intriguer, Machiavelli, puppeteer, manipulator


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