Soporific [ sop-uh’-RIF-ik, soh-puh’- ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) causing or tending to cause sleep
2. (adj.) of or pertaining to sleep or drowsiness
3. (n.) something that causes sleepUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The motion of the train had a somewhat soporific effect.


ablution [ uh'-BLOO-shuh'n ][ noun ]MEANING :a washing or cleansing of the body, especially for religious reasonsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The Hindu religion lays great stress on performing ablutions.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :In the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, where thousands of devotees gathered to celebrate the birthday of one of the religion's most important gurus, there was not enough water available for the pre-prayer ablutions.


denigrate [ DEN-i-greyt ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to malign or defame someone; to criticize in a derogatory way
2. to belittle; to disregard the importance or value of someone or something
3. blacken; to make blackUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :One should not denigrate the efforts of ordinary Indians and Pakistanis in bringing the two countries closer.


churlish [ CHUR-lish ][ adjective ]MEANING :mean and impoliteUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :It would be churlish not to applaud the visiting team's resounding victory.


Foible [ FOI-buh' l ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a slight flaw or weakness in character
2. the weaker portion of a blade of a sword, from its middle to its tip.USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
Both characters have their foibles and strengths; both have suffered greatly; both deserve a second chance.


Condign [ kuh n-DAHYN ][ adjective ]MEANING :appropriate; well-deservedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The death penalty would be the most condign punishment for somebody who commits a cold-blooded murder.