Meaning: causing or involving great suffering, fear, or unhappiness; extremely bad or serious.
synonyms: terrible, frightful, horrible, grim, awful, dire
Example: The dreadful violence and low turnout in a by-election in Kashmir has again raised intense debate in New Delhi. Unfortunately this debate has been mainly abusive rather than productive, and as a result it has masked the real issues.
Meaning: the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
Strip. The first intifada lasted from 1987 to 1993, and the second began in 2000.
Example: The unorganised – and even divided – nature of the protest movement carries
the danger that it could turn into an Intifada, a kind of people’s uprising with no known leaders, and increasing numbers of trouble-makers, all portraying themselves as
leaders of the movement.
Meaning: occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.
synonyms: occasional, infrequent, irregular, periodical, periodic, scattered, patchy, isolated, odd, uneven.
Example: As in many other areas, truth tends to be sporadic here, and reality obscure.
It would seem that after the dangerous 1990s, militancy has once again regained social
Meaning: having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something.
synonyms: extreme, fanatical, overzealous, over-enthusiastic, extremist, violent, maniacal, wild, passionate, fervent, die-hard, uncompromising.
Example: Somehow we have created a binary in which there are only two opposing groups — those in mainland India who consider Kashmiris to be pro-Pakistan Wahhabis who support terrorism, and those in the Valley who consider Indians to be rabid communalists.
Meaning: subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty.
synonyms: debatable, open to debate, open to discussion, arguable, questionable, at
issue, open to question, open, doubtful, open to doubt, disputable, contestable, controvertible, problematic, problematical, controversial, contentious, vexed, disputed, unresolved, unsettled, up in the air, undecided, yet to be decided,
Example: The moot question is whether India can, and is willing, to handle the truth —
bite the bullet in other words.
Meaning: Acting or done quickly with little or inadequate thought.
Synonyms: impetuous, hasty, headlong, precipitate
Example: DONALD TRUMP rules over Washington as if he were a king and the White House his court. His displays of dominance, his need to be the centre of attention and his impetuousness have a whiff of Henry VIII about them.
Meaning: authorized or generally accepted theory, doctrine, or practice.
synonyms: doctrine, belief, conviction, creed, dogma, credo, theory, view, idea, tenet, teaching, practice, received wisdom, article of faith.
Example: Just as dangerous, and no less important to ordinary Americans, however, is Mr Trump’s plan for the economy. It treats orthodoxy, accuracy and consistency as if they were simply to be negotiated away in a series of earth-shattering deals.
Meaning: a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty.
Example: “Writing well is not a mere matter of aesthetics; it is a “moral issue.” In fact, if I were the current occupant of the White House, I would take on this issue by appointing Sir Harold to be our nation’s Good Writing Tsar. Or Czar.
Meaning: a slight objection or criticism.
synonyms: minor criticism, trivial objection, trivial complaint, adverse comment, protest, query, argument, exception, moan, grumble, grouse.
Example: But these are the quibbles of envy. I wish I had the editorial chops to produce such an authoritative guide myself. As Evans shows, the consequences of foggy prose can be grave, ranging from missed Social Security benefits to tragic military accidents to the Great Recession, which “had roots in misbegotten nomenclature.
Meaning: the restoration of friendly relations.
synonyms: reuniting, reunion, bringing (back) together (again), conciliation, reconcilement.
Example: Nor can we deny that at least one major cause of this anger is the lack of a peace and reconciliation process, which the Bharatiya Janata Party-Peoples Democratic Party (BJP-PDP) coalition promised, or that another major cause is the lack of an honest and accountable administration.