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Limpid

Limpid [ LIM-pid ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. transparent, crystal clear
2. lucid and simple
3. calm, serene or free of stressUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The limpid pool offered a clear view of the moss-covered bed.

Fluke

Fluke [ flook  ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a stroke of good fortune
2. a triangular blade that is at the end of an anchor's arm and is designed to catch in the ground
3. a flatfishUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She had not studied and therefore everyone believed she passed only by fluke.

Placid

Placid [ PLAS-id ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. peaceful, tranquil or serene
2. complacentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His placid nature seemed to calm the frenzied crowd.

Excision

Excision [  ek-SIZH-uh' n, ik-  ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an act, process or instance of removal
2. abscission or surgical removalUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was terrified as the operation required an excision and 22 stitches.

Domicile

Domicile [ DOM-uh'-sahyl ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) home or residence
2. (n.) a person's legal place of residence
3. (tr. v.) to set up in residence
4. (tr. v.) to set up with a temporary place to reside
5. (intr. v.) to dwell or resideUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His domicile was a beautiful estate in the south of France.

Futile

Futile [ FYOOT-l, FYOO-tahyl ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. unsuccessful or incapable of producing any result
2. frivolous or unimportant
3. ineffective or uselessUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was so securely bound that struggling seemed futile.

Febrile

Febrile [ FEE-brahyl, FEE-bruh' l, FEB-ruh' l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. feverish or pertaining to, caused by or marked by fever
2. hysterical or deliriousUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His febrile state was the cause of great concern.

Emblazon

Emblazon [ em-BLEY-zuh' n ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to adorn, decorate or inscribe with prominent or heraldic bearings
2. to decorate or display with brilliant or bright colours
3. to extol, celebrate, praise or make illustriousUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The entrance to the castle was emblazoned by the royal coat of arms.

Nascent

Nascent [ NAS-uh’ nt, NEY-suh’ nt ][ adjective ]MEANING :having recently developed or emergedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The nascent policy is being hailed as an important one.

Explicate

Explicate [ EK-spli-keyt ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to explain or make clear the meaning of
2. to developUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :You should have paid attention when the professor explicated the differences between relativity and the quantum theory.


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Explicate

Explicate [ EK-spli-keyt ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to explain or make clear the meaning of
2. to developUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :You should have paid attention when the professor explicated the differences between relativity and the quantum theory.

Plethora

Plethora [ PLETH-er-uh’ ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a very large amount, superfluity or over abundance
2. an abnormality which is characterized by excessive blood in the circulatory system or in some organ or area of itUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was an enigmatic man with a plethora of achievements.

Myriad

Myriad [ MIR-ee-uh’ d ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (n.) an enormous or incalculable number
2. (n.) (archaic) ten thousand
3. (adj.) incalculable, indefinite or innumerable
4. (adj.) multifacetedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The myriad number of stars in the sky continued to twinkle brightly.

Infirmity

Infirmity [ in-FUR-mi-tee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. frailty or feebleness
2. foible or moral failing
3. ailment or maladyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Infirmity is one of the disadvantages of old age.

Touchstone

Touchstone [ TUHCH-stohn ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1.(n.) a criterion, test or standard to measure quality or genuineness
2. (n.) a black, siliceous stone that was priorly used to test the purity of gold
3. (adj.) basis or a quintessential or an important featureUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The checks failed as none of the important touchstones were achieved.

Sunder

Sunder [ SUHN-der ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to severe, split or divide
2. (intr.v.) to sever, divide, split or part
3. (n.) division, split or separationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :At the end of the ceremony, the priest said, "May no man sunder what God has put together".

Putative

Putative [ PYOO-tuh-tiv ][ adjective ]MEANING :reputed, supposed or generally deemed as suchUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The putative crime-lord did not tolerate a decline in the weekly profits.

Purgatory

Purgatory [ PUR-guh’-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (n.) (roman catholic church) a place or condition in which the people who have died in god's grace suffer and expatiate their sins
2. (n.) any state or place in which punishment, expatiation and suffering are temporary
3. (n.) limbo, hell or netherworld
4. (adj.) tending or serving to expatiate or cleanseUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He feared ending up in purgatory as a result of his misdeeds.

Quarry

Quarry [ KWAWR-ee, KWOR-ee ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) prey or game
2. (n.) an open excavation pit to obtain stone by blasting or digging
3. (n.) an object being pursued
4. (tr.v.) to excavate stone from a quarryUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His indecisiveness caused his quarry to escape.

Suffuse

Suffuse [ suh'-FYOOZ ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :to overspread, fill or infuse with colour, light or liquidUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He flicked the switch and suffused the room with light.

Purview

Purview [ PUR-vyoo ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the extent, range or scope of authority, intention, concern or competence
2. the scope or range of vision or understanding
3. the scope or purpose of a statute or documentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The magistrate could not punish the offenders as the crime was committed beyond his judicial purview.

Reek

Reek [ reek ][ noun, intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) an unpleasant or foul odour
2. (n.) fog, smoke or steam
3. (intr.v.) to emanate, give off or exude strong, unpleasant odours
4. (intr.v.) to give off steam, fumes or smoke
5. (tr.v.) to give off or exudeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The reek caused by the leak in the drainage pipes was unbearable.

Realm

Realm [ relm ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a kingdom
2. a domain, area or sphere
3. a particular field or province of something or someoneUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The king was said to have ruled wisely over his realm.