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Dislodge

Dislodge [ dis-LOJ ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to force out or drive out of place of hiding or dwelling
2. (intr.v.) to move from a former positionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The dislodged refugees had suffered through intense hardships.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :A military operation is continuing in the Swat valley where the Pakistani army has made a number of gains in recent weeks as it attempts to dislodge Taliban insurgents from their strongholds in the area.

Vagrant

Vagrant [ VEY-gruh'nt ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) nomadic or wandering aimlessly from one place to the other
2. (adj.) random, inconstant or wayward
3. (n.) a vagabond, tramp or one without a permanent residence
4. (n.) a rover or wandererUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The vagrant youth was arrested on charges of theft.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :If one accepts that White sharks are occasional vagrant visitors in UK waters, these animals could not be ruled out.

Dexterity

Dexterity [ dek-STER-i-tee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. agility, skill or adroitness
2. cleverness or mental skillUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He called magic using coins and cards a means to showcase finger dexterity.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Mental arithmetic has become as integral a part of Scotland's qualification campaign as mental dexterity.

Dingy

Dingy [ DIN-jee ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) pertaining to dark or dull atmosphere
2. (adj.) shabby or dirty coloured
3. (adj.) lacking brightness or freshnessUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The student could barely afford to pay the rent for the dingy room.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Whether you're into exclusive bars, dingy dives or the dubious pleasures of a sweaty moshpit, Seattle has plenty to keep you entertained.

Unfledged

Unfledged [ uhn-flejd ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. not having enough feathers for flight
2. inexperienced or untriedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The troupe of performers consisted of unfledged young dancers.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Paul is the Head of Radio Entertainment and is responsible for all in-house comedy and entertainment programmes on BBC national radio, from established favourites such as Just A Minute to developing the talents of unfledged performers and writers.

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Hedonism

Hedonism [ HEED-n-iz-uh' m ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the sole good in lifeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Kings and emperors in ancient times were well known for their hedonism.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :It's a fact that students in Pune are used to a life, where discipline is a bookish term, while hedonism seems to be the buzz word.

Contrite

Contrite [ kuh’ n-TRAHYT, KON-trahyt ][ noun ]MEANING :penitent, showing remorse or repentantUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She was sad and contrite after her punishment.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The Director of Hanwei Eggs was contrite. "We solemnly apologize to consumers," said Han Wei.

Incognito

Incognito [ in-kog-NEE-toh ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) with a disguise or having one's identity hidden
2. (n.) a person who has his identity concealed
3. (n.) the state of being in disguiseUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The celebrity said that she travelled incognito to avoid being mobbed by fans.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Prince William is said to wear a moustache and a flat cap when he wants to go incognito.

Crypt

Crypt [ kript  ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an underground burial chamber or vault beneath a church
2. a slender pit or a small glandular cavityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :They found maps and other notations on parchments in the crypt.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Michael Jackson's body has been moved to a basement to prevent grieving fans from breaking in to the crypt near Los Angeles where it was first hidden.

Gauche

Gauche [ gohsh ][ adjective ]MEANING :lacking social grace or civility; tactless; crudeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The exquisite manners of most Europeans make many Americans feel gauche.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Other critics find the association's fundraising efforts gauche, while some graduate students are concerned the campaign against using adjunct faculty will leave them with no jobs at all.

Allege

Allege [ uh'-LEJ ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to assert or declare without any proof
2. to offer or cite as a reason or excuse
3. (archaic) to quote or cite in confirmation as an authorityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The man was alleged to have stolen the painting.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Police did not allege a motive.

Libertine

Libertine [ LIB-er-teen, -tin ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a person who lives without moral restraint
2. a person who is a freethinkerUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Feudal, conservative societies offer no place to a libertine.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The two brothers, the zealot and the libertine, dominate Coll's epic account of the wealthy Saudi Arabian family whose construction industry fortune was amassed by their father, Mohamed.

Allay

Allay [ uh'-LEY ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to end or lay to rest or to make quiet
2. (tr.v.) to relieve, alleviate or mitigate
3. (intr.v.) to subsideUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :All his doubts were allayed by the Governor.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., sought to allay those worries Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.

Sophomoric

Sophomoric [ sof-uh’-MAWR-ik, -MOR- ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. over-confident, lacking good judgement or immature
2. pertaining to or characteristic of sophomoresUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His sophomoric thoughts landed him in trouble.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The blogs are more than sophomoric ramblings about college life.

Naïve

Naïve [ nah-EEV ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) having an unaffected simplicity
2. (adj.) lacking sophistication and critical judgment
3. (n.) someone who is uncritical, innocent and trustingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :We were naïve to have thought that we could give the Dalai Lama shelter in India without suffering the consequences.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :We were naive to let them back into the game.

Sear

Sear [ seer ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to burn the surface of
2. (tr. v.) to cause to wither
3. (intr. v.) to become withered
4. (n.) the catch or lever in the firing mechanism of a gun which keeps the hammer either half cocked or fully cockedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The village medicine man would sear the arm of children with a hot copper strip to protect them from jaundice.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Instead of baking your chicken, we'll sear it or grill it

Aquiline

Aquiline [ AK-wuh'-lahyn, -lin ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. (of the nose) curved or hooked like an eagle's beak
2. of, relating to, characteristics of or resembling an eagleUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His aquiline nose gave his face a distinctive look.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The mummies’ funerary masks, with their curls, long aquiline noses, and wide eyes, reflect the influence of Greek sculpture.

Misanthrope

Misanthrope [ mee-zahn*-tr*awp ][ noun ]MEANING :one who hates, mistrusts, or dislikes everyone in generalUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Being a misanthrope meant that he had no friends.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Many readers will find themselves drawn to Engleby, a witty misanthrope who rails against modern life, declining standards of education and almost all music after Steely Dan.

Evoke

Evoke [ i-VOHK ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to produce or summon
2. to call or conjure up by citing or suggesting
3. to re-create or create anew by means of one's imaginationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The act evoked feelings of hatred among the citizens.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The ancient oasis cities of Tashkent, Samarqand, and Bukhara all evoke the old Silk Road to China.

Chortle

Chortle [ CHAWR-tl ][ noun, verb ]MEANING :1. (v.) to chuckle gleefully
2. (v.) to express one's happiness with a gleeful chuckle
3. (n.) a gleeful chuckleUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The children chortled when they saw the antics of the clown.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :During the rest of the speech, Mr Wilson consulted his BlackBerry on more than one occasion and joined in repeated Republican jeers, sarcastic chortles and waving bits of paper that by themselves breached protocol for joint sessions, when the House of Representatives and the Senate assemble to listen to the head of state.

Amateur

Amateur [/ˈamətə, -tʃə, -tjʊə, ˌaməˈtəː/] noun ·a person who engages in a pursuit, especially a sport, on an unpaid basis: oit takes five years for a top amateur to become a real Tour de France rider ohis last fight as an amateur ·a person who is contemptibly inept at a particular activity: othat bunch of stumbling amateurs adjective ·engaging or engaged in without payment; non-professional: oan amateur archaeologist