puissant, rascally, indolence, diabolical, instrumentality, Kilkenny cat functionalism, nocent, pachydermicOption A: They were all taken from the Reading Comprehension section of the most recent edition of the GRE.
Option B: They are all from V R Krishna Iyer's article in yesterday's Hindu.
There is a lot of sense in what the retired judge has to say, but this gets buried (should I say 'interred') in the pompous verbiage. To be fair, I get a sort of perverse pleasure watching these words jostle for space before making an uneasy peace with their cohabitants whom they would rather die than share a sentence with normally -- it's almost like reading bad poetry -- but the message gets lost. Some sample sentences:
Are our expensive defence systems so goofy and gullible that hostiles in guile, with brute objectives, can reach a busy city, march inside a seven-star hotel and indulge in diabolical destruction with vindictive terrorism?I wanted to add a few more examples, but for some reason, I seem to have developed a headache all of a sudden.
Even where Ministers and bureaucrats wine and dine, nocent neglect is writ large
The perspective of the executive at the State and Central levels is bureaucratic and pachydermic; pomp and power of office is the focus.