Nugatory [ NOO-guh’-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, NYOO- ][ adjective ]MEANING :of no worth or meaningUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The teacher shortages will render nugatory the hopes of implementing the new curriculum.


Annihilate [ uh'-NAHY-uh'-leyt ][ verb ]MEANING :to do away with something; destroy completelyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The forest fire completely annihilated the island.


Transpire [ tran-spahyuhr ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (intr. v.) to occur; happen; take place.
2. (tr. v.) to emit or give off (waste matter, watery vapor, an odor, etc.)USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He noted everything that transpired in the courtroom.


Passé [ pahs ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) outdated, outmoded or no longer in fashion
2. (adj.) faded, aged or past one's prime
3. (n.) (roulette) numbers nineteen through thirty sixUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :What you think is in style one season may be viewed as passé the next, especially by the hardcore fashionistas.


gambit [ GAM-bit ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a manoeuvre by which an advantage is supposed to be gained
2. an opening statement to initiate conversationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The gambit of the company finally paid off when they clinched the billion dollar deal.


Voracious [ vaw-RAY-shuh's ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. ravenous or craving food in large quantities
2. eating large quantities of food
3. exceedingly eager to perform an activityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Moles have a voracious appetite and can eat 70-100 percent of their weight daily.


Incongruity [ in-kuh'n-GROO-i-tee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the state of being out of keeping or place
2. the quality of being incompatible or inharmoniousUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The seeming incongruity between the visual and the tactile can be explained by the laws of refraction.