Expropriate [ eks-proh-pree-eyt ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to deprive or take away from someone his possessions or ownership rights
2. to take something from someone else for one's own useUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Their assets were expropriated by the government.


Hackneyed [ HAK-need ][ adjective ]MEANING :over familiar and dull through very frequent useUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :That's one of those hackneyed sayings we grow accustomed to from a young age.


Balderdash [ BAWL-der-dash ][ noun ]MEANING :nonsense; stupid, senseless talk or writingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Chances are that they already know it's balderdash but are enjoying the idea too much to give it up.


Complaisant [ kuh' m-PLEY-suh' nt, -zuh' nt, KOM-pluh'-zant ][ adjective ]MEANING :readily willing to please or obligeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :There are too many complaisant doctors signing sick notes these days.


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.