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Today’s article title is: Beyond taunting China: Does India have a bigger plan for Tibet?

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VINDICTIVE

Adjective

Pronunciation: vin-dik-tiv

Meaning: likely to seek revenge

Synonyms: revengeful, vengeful

Antonyms: charitable, forgiving, merciful

Usage: He was disliked for his vindictive attitude 

Forms: Vindictiveness (noun)


SKIRMISH

Noun

Pronunciation: skur-mish

Meaning: a brief clash between enemies or rivals

Synonyms: brush, encounter, hassle, run-in, scrape

Antonyms: truce

Usage: There was a brief skirmish between the two gangs 


EXIGENCY

Noun

Pronunciation: ek-si-juhn-see

Meaning: a time or state of affairs requiring prompt or decisive action

Synonyms: crisis, emergency

Usage: No one was able to foresee this exigency 

Forms: Exigent (adjective)


PUNITIVE

Adjective

Pronunciation: pyoo-ni-tiv 

Meaning: inflicting, involving, or serving as punishment

Synonyms: castigating, chastening, chastising, corrective, disciplinary, penal, penalizing

Antonyms: nonpunitive

Usage:  Some punitive measures need to be taken


UBIQUITOUS

Adjective

Pronunciation: yoo-bik-wi-tuhs

Meaning: present in all places and at all times

Synonyms: omnipresent, universal, wall-to-wall

Antonyms: bounded, circumscribed, confined, finite, limited, measured, narrow, restricted

Usage: The aroma seems to be ubiquitous in the town 
Forms: Ubiquity (noun)