The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 58

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 – A perpetual war

The dilemmas of ending the U.S.’s ‘forever war’ appeared to fall heavily upon the shoulders of President Joe Biden, who is now helming his country’s rush for the exit before the self-imposed deadline of September 11, 2021, the 20-year anniversary of the WTC terror attacks. While he clearly signaled his intention to remain engaged with the war-torn country by meeting, in the first instance, Afghanistan’s President, Ashraf Ghani, and Chairman of its High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, at the White House this week, the U.S.’s troop withdrawal since May 1, 2021, in a sense signals the opposite intention. There is no mistaking the Taliban’s reaction, especially to Washington’s plan to wind down its Afghan military presence. Ever since February 29, 2020, when the U.S. and the Taliban signed the Doha “agreement for bringing peace” to Afghanistan, Taliban linked violence has risen steadily, U.S. intelligence reports have assessed that al Qaeda still has a presence in Afghanistan and the terrorist outfit’s decades-long ties with the Taliban have been undiminished. Meanwhile, the situation on the ground is far from inspiring for anyone who hopes for peace in the region. Facing tepid resistance from the ANDSF, now with ever reducing access to U.S. air support, the Taliban have managed to fight, hold on to and even take back the territories from the government. This reality begs the question of what new vortexes of violence, terrorist havens, and other sources of regional instability Afghanistan might play host to now, and whether the U.S. and western powers will retain enough influence to prevent events in this regard from spiraling out of control. Closer to home, a sense of concern must be pervading South Block as the last U.S. troop carriers lift off from Bagram, potentially allowing agents linked to Pakistan’s military and intelligence establishment a freer hand to engage with extremist elements in Afghan with possible blowback for India. What will become of New Delhi’s long­sighted, soft power investments into education, training and infrastructure, and civil society development? Had the U.S. played a consistently strong hand supporting the Afghan government instead of pushing as hard as it did to engage the Taliban, that might have delayed Washington’s exit plans but provided more leeway for the ANDSF to push harder and take enough territory to weaken the Taliban’s overall strategic grip. Given the prospect of the ANDSF’s fragmentation — already occurring in some areas — it now appears more likely that a deal may be forged between the Taliban and power brokers once associated with the Afghan government. This could lead to a Taliban-centric religious council that sets an overall tenor of governance based on Islamic law yet permits a semi-autonomous executive governmental power to operate within that framework.


The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Helming (noun) – A position of control

Synonyms – Wheeling, armoring, helving, needling, steering

Antonyms –Refuse, hinder, mismanage, dissuade, consent


Assessed (verb) – To judge or form an opinion about something

Synonyms – Evaluated, gauged, appraised, taxed, levied

Antonyms – Clutter, disarray, disregard, jumble, muddle


Resistance (noun) – The action of opposing something that you disapprove

Synonyms – Defiance, resilience, endurance, rebellion, counteraction

Antonyms – Alacrity, compliance, empathy, conforming, assuredness


Vortexes (noun) – A mass of air, water, etc. that turns around very fast and pulls things into its center

Synonyms – Maelstroms, whirls, eddies, riptides, vortices

Antonyms – Explication, interpretation, unswirl, clarification, calm


Pervading (verb) – To spread through and be noticeable in every part of something

Synonyms – Permeating, omnipresent, ubiquitous, tenanting, imbuing

Antonyms – Compact, deficient, meager, miniature, rudimentary


Blowback (noun) – The backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired

Synonyms – Recoil, backlash, precipitate, repercussion, culmination

Antonyms – Antecedent, causation, precursor, origination, inception


Consistently (adverb) – In a consistent manner

Synonyms – Constantly, invariably, coherently, unceasingly, incessantly

Antonyms – Incongruously, erratically, acrimoniously, antipathetically, assortedly


Leeway (noun) –Allowing some freedom to move within limits

Synonyms –Latitude, extent, slack, prerogative, flexibility

Antonyms –Constraint, bigotry, prejudice, bondage, curtailment


Fragmentation (noun) – Separating something into fine particles

Synonyms – Atomization, disintegration, partition, rupture, cleavage

Antonyms – Consolidation, integration, unification, harmony, affinity


Forged (adjective) – Reproduced fraudulently

Synonyms – Counterfeit, spurious, imitation, feigned, factitious

Antonyms – Aesthetic, dainty, esthetic, flamboyant, splendorous


Tenor (noun) – A person who sings the tenor or the instrument that play it

Synonyms – Drift, gist, strain, essence, falsetto

Antonyms – Bass, blockage, exteriority, still, absolute silence

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