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Today’s article is ‘China has changed tactics, not goals. India must demonstrate strong national power.’

Important words and idioms from the article


WORD: Tactics

Pronunciation : tak-tuhks  

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a carefully crafted strategy to meet a goal

Synonyms: strategy, device, plan, ploy

Antonyms: none

Usage: He did not give up after his failure, he changed his tactics and worked hard.

Forms : tactful (adjective), tactfully (adverb)


Pronunciation : in-kuh-zhuhn

 Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a sudden attack that lasts for a brief period 

Synonyms:aggression, attack, foray, intrusion

Antonyms: retreat

Usage: There was a foreign incursion at the Indo-China border.

Forms: incursive (adjective)


Pronunciation : baab

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: the sharp end of a tool or weapon that is angled away from the body so as to make its extraction difficult

Synonyms: shaft, spike, spur

Antonyms: blunt

Usage: The borders between countries are guarded by barbed wires. . 


Pronunciation: ruh-ta-lee-ei-shn

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a) an act of counter attacking, especially a military attack

b) to hurt or harm someone who has done the same to that person before

Synonyms: counter-attack, revenge, retribution, reprisal

Antonyms: forgiveness, pardon, sympathy

Usage: There was a mass retaliation in office against the policy of salary decrement

Forms: Retaliate (verb).


Pronunciation: vaa-lee-uhnt

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a person showing great determination or courage

Synonyms: courageous, fearless, gallant, stout

Antonyms: timid, cowardly, weak

Usage: Shivaji was a valiant warrior in the battlefield

Forms: valiantly (adverb)


Pronunciation: uh-greh-shn

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: a) a readiness to attack angrily

b) attacking without provocation

c) forcefulness

Synonyms: hostility, antagonism, assault

Antonyms: meekness

Usage: The politicians act of aggression tore a massive rage in the public.

Forms: aggressive(adjective), aggressiveness (noun)


Pronunciation: suhb-dyoo

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: to bring under control by force

Synonyms: suppress, crush, overpower, repress

Antonyms: release surrender, aid

Usage: Even the scorching sun couldn’t subdue our spirit, we kept our hike going.


Pronunciation: ni-bl

Part of Speech: verb, noun

Meaning: a) eating in small bites (verb)

b) showing interest in a potential property (verb)

c) the act of nibbling (noun)

Synonyms: gnaw, nip, munch, peck

Antonyms: gorge

Usage: He was eating in nibbles, he lost his appetite due to his illness


Pronunciation: uhn·krowch

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: intrude in someone else’s territory

Synonyms: impinge, infringe, trespass 

Antonyms: keep off

Usage: A group of robbers encroached upon us as we were walking last night.

Forms: encroachment(noun)


Pronunciation: trang·kvil·uh·tee

Part of Speech: noun

Meaning: a state of complete calm

Synonyms: peacefulness, serenity, quietude

Antonyms: agitation, chaos, disturbance

Usage: The return of tranquility after so many hardships is a blessing.

Forms:  tranquil(adjective), tranquilizer (noun)

Practice Questions

Q1) If the words ‘aggression’ and ‘hostility’ make a perfect pair, select the correct pair from the following set of words:

  1. Subdue-Support
  2. Valiant-Gallant
  3. Tactics-Tips
  4. Nibble-Nimble

Q2) Create sentences of your own with the following words:

  1. Encroach
  2. Barb
  3. Retaliation
  4. iIncursion
  5. Tranquility

Tell us your answers in the comments below.

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