The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 72

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 – The surge


The rapid territorial gains made by the Taliban over the last two months should worry both the Afghan government and the regional powers who are invested in the country’s long-term stability. The Taliban started their latest offensive on May 1, the day the remaining U.S. troops started withdrawing as part of President Joe Biden’s plan. With 90% of U.S. withdrawal complete, the Taliban have taken control of 195 of Afghanistan’s 407 districts, and are contesting 129 others. Most of their recent victories are in the northern provinces of Badakhshan and Takhar, which had resisted Taliban rule in the 1990s. In several northern districts, Afghan troops have either surrendered or retreated. If the north, home to Afghanistan’s elite power brokers and leaders, is lost, the risk of a total collapse of the government in Kabul would increase. The government still controls most of the provincial capitals and cities but are practically surrounded by the Taliban. Given the pace of the Taliban’s advancement in the countryside, it is possible they could launch an offensive to take the population centres once the foreign troops are out. The Taliban’s strategy is still not clear. Their political office in Doha, which started peace talks with Afghan government representatives in September 2020, continues to say they are committed to the dialogue. But on the battlefield in Afghanistan, they continue a relentless campaign aimed at capturing more territories. Part of the problem was the total abdication of leadership and responsibility by the U.S., which invaded Afghanistan 20 years ago. When direct talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began, the U.S.’s focus was not on finding a peaceful settlement to the crisis that it partly created, but on exiting the war. Therefore, instead of putting pressure on the Taliban to extract concessions, the U.S. struck a deal with them, completely ignoring the concerns of Kabul. Now, the Taliban are much more powerful on the ground and even if the peace process is revived after the American pullout, they would negotiate from a position of strength. But that should not stop Kabul and regional powers China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, and India from seeking a political settlement. A violent takeover of the country by the Taliban, like in 1996, would not serve anybody’s interests. The Taliban would also not find international legitimacy if they capture Kabul through bloodshed. Afghan’s past experiences suggest that one-party regimes — the communist regime, Mujahideen, or the Taliban — failed to stabilise the country or sustain themselves in the long term. Now that the invading troops are exiting Afghanistan, the warring parties’ focus should shift towards settlement and building lasting structures of power. Else, Afghanistan would fall into another cycle of violence.

The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Resisted (verb) – Refrain from doing

Synonyms – Defied, counteracted, antagonized, dissented, endured

Antonyms – Accede, ambushed, ceded, quashed, succumbed


Retreated (noun) – People who have retreated

Synonyms – Recoiled, retracted, flinched, rusticated, crawfish

Antonyms – Amassed, conquered, loomed, sallied, swarmed


Collapse (verb) – Break down

Synonyms – Crumble, slump, crumple, prostration, debacle

Antonyms – Flourish, thrive, triumph, succeed, recover


Relentless (adjective) – Moved by entreaty

Synonyms – Inexorable, intransigent, obdurate, stubborn, adamant

Antonyms – Sporadic, lithe, indecisive, cagey, reluctant


Abdication (noun) – A formal resignation and renunciation of powers

Synonyms – Abjuration, abnegation, disavowal, desertion, abnegator

Antonyms – Annex, escort, reassertion, convoy, buck


Invaded (verb) – Especially with intrusive effect

Synonyms – Intruded, impinged, encroached, bombarded, meddled

Antonyms – Retreat, preserve, liberate, assist, separate


Struck (adjective) – Affected by something overwhelming

Synonyms – Smitten, battered, stricken, afflicted, buffeted

Antonyms – Apologist, glided, phlegmatic, weary of, unenthusiastic


Revived (adjective) – Given fresh life

Synonyms – Invigorated, resuscitated, enlivened, healed, revivified

Antonyms – Dozing, exhausted, petrified, withered, asphyxiated


Bloodshed (noun) – The shedding of blood resulting in murder

Synonyms – Slaughter, carnage, butchery, slaying, battue

Antonyms – Amnesty, armistice, détente, moratorium, reprieve


Regimes (noun) – The organization that is the governing authority of a political unit

Synonyms – Reigns, dynasties, incumbencies, constellations, gradings

Antonyms – Clutter, embargo, lethargy, veto, impotence


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