Bate [ beyt ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to moderate or to lessen the intensity of
2. (tr. v.) to make less or take away some
3. (intr. v.) (of a hawk or falcon) to flap its wings frantically in an attempt to escapeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The fever bated with the medication.


Prepossessing [ pree-puh'-ZES-ing ][ adjective, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (adj.) serving to impress favourably
2. (adj.) pleasing or attractive
3. (tr. v.) to preoccupy the mind blocking out other thoughts or feelingsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :While not physically prepossessing and perhaps less obviously glamorous than her contemporaries, she has an enigma that is hard to ignore.


Ruddy [ RUHD-ee ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. a fresh and healthy red colour
2. rosyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :At night they returned ruddy faced and tired, but elated by vigorous exercise in such inspiring surroundings.


Ostracize [ OS-truh'-sahyz ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to exclude from
2. (tr. v.) to banish
3. (tr. v.) to shun or avoidUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Radical thinkers have known to be ostracized by the society owing to their unfathomable ideas.


Colossus [ kuh'-LOS-uh's ][ noun ]MEANING :1. (n.) anything gigantic or very powerful
2. (n.) a statue of gigantic size
3. (n.) the legendary bronze statue of Helios which is at RhodesUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She has been described as the creative colossus of the literary world.


Infinitesimal [ in-fin-i-TES-uh'-muh'l ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) minute or negligible in quantity
2. (adj.) pertaining to or involving extremely small quantities
2. (n.) a negligible quantityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :It was a pause so infinitesimal that I almost didn't catch it, but I knew what I glimpsed.


Demeanour [ di-MEE-ner ][ noun ]MEANING :1. (n.) conduct or behaviour of a person
2. (n.) manner or style
3. (n.) facial expression or appearance
4. (n.) attitudeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Both men are renowned for their friendly demeanour and reassuring manner.