Joining the elite non-proliferators – The Hindu (June 29, 2016)

Joining the elite non-proliferators – The Hindu (June 29, 2016)

The score appears to have evened out for India in its multi-year project of gaining admission to four elite global non-proliferation clubs, with one success and one failure coming within the span of a single week. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

Today’s Words:

  1. Non-proliferation (noun) – the action of stopping something (particularly of nuclear weapons by the countries).
  2. Overplay one’s hand (idiom) – someone’s over confidence spoiling his/her chance of success.
  3. Ballistic missile (noun) – a missile, which is shot from the ground, takes a long distance to travel well outside the atmosphere and falls to the earth to explode on its target (due to the gravity).
  4. Drone (noun) – unmanned aircraft /missile.
  5. Gathering dust (idiom) – something remains unused. something which is not used for a long time.
  6. Bargaining chip (noun) – something which is used to negotiate with others while trying to get a deal/an agreement.
  7. Holdout (noun) – an act of holding out (resisting) something/a person who is holding out (resisting) something.
  8. Marine (noun) – A member of the naval troops.
  9. Underpin (verb) – support, justify.
  10. Political intricacies (noun) – political subjects which are complex/perplexed.
  11. Gloat over (verb) – delight in, relish, take great pleasure in, enjoy greatly.
  12. Accrue (verb) – result, arise, follow, accompany.
  13. Strategic interest  – It is a term related to defence and geopolitical concerns. This long term interest benefits the country in the form of increased safety, better trade relations, access to financial markets etc.
  14. Untangle (verb) – sort out, solve, answer, disentangle, unknot.
  15. Full-throttle (noun) – doing something with great intensity.


  • Click each one of the words above for their definition, more synonyms, pronunciation, example sentences, phrases, derivatives, origin and etc from .
  • Synonyms provided for the words above are my personal work and not that of Oxford University Press.

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