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Elicit

Elicit [ i-LIS-it ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :to bring out, educe, evoke or arrive atUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His work elicited enormous public interest.

Blithe

Blithe [ blahyth', blahyth ][ noun ]MEANING :1. happy, merry or light-hearted
2. carefree, casual or lacking concernUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She shows a blithe disregard for danger.

Karaoke

Karaoke [ kar-ee-OH-kee ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :An act where a person sings along a music video with the lyrics of the song being displayed on a screenUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She took up karaoke to overcome her stage fright.

Cognizant

Cognizant [ KOG-nuh'-zuh' nt, KON-uh'- ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. conscious, aware or mindfulUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Statesmen must be cognizant of the political boundaries within which they work.

Malefactor

Malefactor [ MAL-uh’-fak-ter ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a criminal, evildoer, felon, or one who harms anotherUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Due to insufficient evidence the malefactor was acquitted by the court.

Piecemeal

Piecemeal [ PEES-meel ][ adjective, adverb ]MEANING :1. (adj.) done bit by bit or in stages
2. (adj.) accomplished gradually
3. (adv.) into pieces or fragments
4.(adv.) piece by piece or one piece at a timeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The village is slowly being killed off by piecemeal development.

Bowdlerize

Bowdlerize [ BOHD-luh'-rahyz ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to expurgate by removing passages or parts of passages considered objectionable
2. derived from Thomas Bowdler English editor of an expurgated version of Shakespeare's works; British spelling: bowdleriseUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The editor of the magazine had the article bowdlerized because of the lurid descriptions that it contained.