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peremptory

peremptory [ puh’-REMP-tuh’-ree, PER-uh’ mp-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]adjective ]MEANING :1. that cannot be challenged, refused or changed
2. dictatorial or imperative
3. (law) one that cannot be questioned, changed or denied
4. assertive in behaviour
5. urgent or commanding in nature
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The District magistrate issued a peremptory command to the police to quell the riots.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :While he still makes placatory noises about the Left, his erstwhile allies are yet to stop smarting from the peremptory manner in which they were asked to get off the bus.

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insurrection

insurrection [ in-suh’-REK-shuh’ n ]noun ]MEANING :a rebellion, uprising or revolt against authorityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Mahatma Gandhi's popular insurrection against the British broke the back of the British empire.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The imprisoned East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao has called for a popular insurrection against Indonesia. 

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maudlin

maudlin [ MAWD-lin ]adjective ]MEANING :1. tearfully or weakly emotional
2.mawkish or sentimental especially under the influence of alcohol
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The singer's maudlin love ballads made him hugely popular with women.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :One of the best impassioned outcries comes from a maudlin columnist in the Salt Lake City Tribune.

pejorative

pejorative [ pi-JAWR-uh’-tiv, -JOR-, PEJ-uh’-rey-, PEE-juh’- ]noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) derogatory, insulting or belittling
2. (adj.) worsening or declining
3. (n.) an expression or word that is pejorative or derogatory in nature
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Their pejorative words led the poor man committing suicide.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :When governments are described as pursuing populist policies the adjective is often intended to be pejorative.

niggardly

niggardly [ NIG-erd-lee ][ adjective, adverb ]MEANING :1. (adj.) miserly, stingy or petty when spending
2. (adv.) like a niggardUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The niggardly reward given to sportspersons in this country is the main reason why India fares poorly in international sports events.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :India might get its own poor law—a prospect the niggardly Victorians could not “contemplate without serious apprehension”.

insolent

insolent [ in-suh’-luh’ nt ]noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. proud, disrespectful or impudent
2. overbearing or arrogant
3. one who is insolent
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The boy's insolent replies infuriated his teacher.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Bush, the dwarf, has surprised us again with his insolent statement, accusing countries which have suffered from the aggressive, arrogant policy of his country, said Babel, run by President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday.

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inscrutable

inscrutable [ in-SKROO-tuh’-buh’ l ]adjective ]MEANING :1. mysterious, enigmatic or obscure
2. difficult to understand or interpret
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His inscrutable theories were difficult to comprehend.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Ever since that decisive No. 1 draft in the NBA, Yao has become China's most famous sports icon, projecting an image of youth, vigor and greatness to a Western world that had long viewed the Chinese as "inscrutable".

pedagogue

pedagogue [ PED-uh’-gog, -gawg ]noun ]MEANING :a strict or formal educator or teacherUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was a brilliant pedagogue and his classes were always packed to capacity.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :All claim of having teaching staff with high pedagogue skills.

nether

nether [ NETH’ -er ]adjective ]MEANING :1. lower, below or under
2. positioned below or under the surface of the earth
3. infernal
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Not much is known to us about the nether regions lying in the Earth's crust.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :This nether world runs just below the surface of the world of bedecked and manipulative brides, and is defined by superstition, black magic, occult, witchcraft, planchette, rebirth and evil spirits

imperturbable

imperturbable [ im-per-TUR-buh’-buh’ l ]adjective ]MEANING :composed, calm or impassive USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The constant gibes from his colleagues failed to disturb his imperturbable composure.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Nor have the wild gyrations of Amazon’s share price over the past year caused its founder and chief executive to lose sleep. Mr Bezos manages to be simultaneously both bouncy and imperturbable.

peccadillo

peccadillo [ pek-uh’-DIL-oh ]noun ]MEANING :an insignificant or trivial sin, flaw or mistakeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :It is unfortunate that Bill Clinton will always be remembered for his peccadilloes rather than his sterling leadership that helped in turning around the moribund American economy.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Part of the problem now is that people seem to be more aware of his peccadilloes than any actions that he has taken to make the city better since he was elected.