The Hindu Editorial (Taliban surge) – Oct 20, 2018

The Hindu Editorial (Taliban surge) – Oct 20, 2018

The attack on a high-level meeting inside the Governor’s compound in southern Kandahar on Thursday, killing top security officials, is yet another reminder of the sharply deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Taliban surge) – Oct 20, 2018.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Taliban surge) – Oct 20, 2018:

  1. surge (noun) – sudden increase, rise, growth.
  2. militant (noun) – extremist, radical, fanatic.
  3. strike a blow to (phrase) – do something to hinder/prevent something.
  4. deteriorating (adjective) – worsening, declining, degenerating.
  5. infiltrate (verb) – penetrate, invade, intrude/trespass on.
  6. notwithstanding (preposition) – in spite of, despite, regardless of.
  7. heightened (adjective) – intensified, increased, amplified.
  8. assault (verb) – attack, strike, invasion/offensive.
  9. conflicting (adjective) – at variance, contradictory, clashing.
  10. ally (noun) – associate, supporter, partner.
  11. instrumental (adjective) – significant, important, influential/play a part in.
  12. vacuum (noun) – gap, lacuna, deficiency.
  13. all-out (phrase) – forceful, vigorous, powerful.
  14. dire (adjective) – terrible, dreadful, outrageous.
  15. overstretched (adjective) – pressurized, pressured, burdened.
  16. fallout (noun) – adverse results; repercussions, after-effects.
  17. setback (noun) – problem, difficulty, issue.
  18. way out (noun) – solution, remedy, antidote/panacea.
  19. envoy (noun) – ambassador, diplomat, consul.
  20. drift (verb) – digress/diverge, depart, deviate.
  21. stalemate (noun) – deadlock, impasse, standstill/stand-off.
  22. outright (adverb) – instantly, immediately, straight away.
  23. come around (phrasal verb) – agree with, change one’s mind, give way to.
  24. turn up (phrasal verb) – increase, raise, intensify.
  25. on the ground (phrase) – in a situation/place where things are happening really/practically.
  26. advance (noun) – growth, rise, escalation.


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