The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 89

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 – Circumscription

Police verification and security clearances for passport or government job applicants are a matter of routine in most parts of the country. In Kashmir, where the police have now issued a circular aimed at gathering details and denying security clearance to those involved in throwing stones and joining street protests in the past, the exercise may not be out of the ordinary, but it could result in serious prejudice to the aspirations of many young men and women. The circular, which asks CID Special Branch feld units to ensure that any subject’s involvement in law-and-order incidents and related crimes be specifically looked into, and also to collect digital evidence from the records of police and security forces, suggests that the administration is quite serious about preventing those with a likely link to protests in the past from either entering government service or travelling abroad. Reports suggest that the official list of street protesters swelled between 2008 and 2017 to include nearly 20,000 people. On the face of it, the decision to subject applicants for passports and jobs to scrutiny is not illegal. Under Section 6(2) of the Passports Act, 1967, passports can be denied to applicants for various reasons, including their likelihood of engaging in activities prejudicial to the country’s sovereignty and integrity, or detrimental to its security. Further, those convicted in the preceding five years, or against whom proceedings are pending before any criminal court, are also candidates for refusal. There is legal recourse for those affected, as the Act allows them to approach the trial court for a ‘No Objection’ certificate to get a passport. In the backdrop of the Union government’s outreach to revive political activity preparatory to elections, it is quite incongruous that such a far-reaching measure that would dampen the hopes and aspirations of thousands of people is being pursued. The Government’s position is that the alteration of the status of J&K in August 2019 has ushered in a new era of development and prosperity, and that it is time to strengthen grassroots democracy. It was as a part of this process that Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited leaders of the Union Territory’s political parties in June for a discussion. Despite their obvious disappointment that the restoration of statehood is likely to be considered only after polls to the Legislative Assembly, the parley did create some cautious optimism about a fresh political process. Were the administration to pursue this circular zealously, there is a danger that it may revive the sort of alienation among the youth that led to the stone-pelting incidents in 2008 and 2010, and the wave of disaffection following the killing of militant leader Burhan Wani. When all efforts should be directed towards building on current gains, nothing ought to be done to make those still harboring, for whatever reason, a sense of betrayal feel that some fresh collective punishment is in the offing.


The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Prejudice (verb) – Mischief

Synonyms – Partisanship, bigotry, predispose, slant, racism

Antonyms – Neutrality, dispassion, aggravate, abhorrence, acrimony


Aspirations (noun) – A will to succeed

Synonyms – Yearnings, cravings, pursuits, inhalation, strivings

Antonyms – Apathy, mayhem, mess, unconcern, nightmare


Swelled (adjective) – Feeling self-importance

Synonyms – Vainglorious, bloated, inflate, distended, distend

Antonyms – Pubertal, youth, pubescent, teenage, marked down


Detrimental (adjective) – Injurious

Synonyms – Adverse, pernicious, noxious, baleful, ruinous

Antonyms – Benign, anodyne, curative, auspicious, innocuous


Convicted (adjective) – Having been declared guilty of a criminal offence by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge

Synonyms – Condemned, culpable, felonious, remorseful, iniquitous

Antonyms – Exonerated, acquitted, avenged, defrayed, vindicated


Revive (verb) – Give new life or energy to

Synonyms – Resuscitate, revivify, stimulate, invigorate, vitalize

Antonyms – Annihilate, eradicate, exterminate, agitate, perish


Incongruous (adjective) – Lacking in harmony

Synonyms – Discordant, dissonant, paradoxical, inharmonious, absurd

Antonyms – Felicitous, accordant, adapted, adequate, befitting


Ushered (verb) – Mark the start of something new

Synonyms – Escorted, heralded, escort, prefaced, squired

Antonyms – Behooved, haunted, persecuted, steered, chasing


Restoration (noun) – Getting something back again

Synonyms – Restitution, recuperation, mending, comeback, modernization

Antonyms – Demolition, vandalism, depletion, lapse, catabolism


Optimism (noun) – A general disposition to expect the best in all things

Synonyms – Buoyancy, sanguinity, bullishness, elation, exhilaration

Antonyms – Gloom, boredom, cynicism, dejection, anguish


Zealously (adverb) – With great enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or objective

Synonyms – Ardently, fervently, animatedly, strenuously, avidly

Antonyms – Grimly, apathetically, aloofly, anemically, drily


Disaffection (noun) – Disloyalty to the government

Synonyms – Estrangement, discontent, rupture, schism, animosity

Antonyms – Allegiance, affinity, endearment, fealty, alchemy


Betrayal (noun) – The quality of aiding an enemy

Synonyms – Treason, perfidy, infidelity, deception, apostasy

Antonyms – Adherence, caveat, benefaction, frankness, furtherance


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