Sunday, November 30, 2014

Notch

Notch [ noch ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a V-shaped cut or angular indentation
2. a pass or narrow opening between mountains
3. to make a cut on an object
4. to score or keep tally of by making cuts on the surface of an object
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Each of the notches on the butt of the sniper’s rifle represented a kill.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Importunate

Importunate [ im-PAWR-chuh'-nit ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. being annoyingly persistent when soliciting
2. troublesome, pertinacious demands
3. annoying imploring or urgent pleading
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He was on his way to the office when he was accosted by an importunate insurance salesman.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Defrock

Defrock [ dee-FROK ]
 transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. to unseat or deprive of ecclesiastical rank and privileges
2. to strip of a frock
3. to unseat or deprive of an honorary position
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The bishop defrocked the travelling preacher as he did not restrict his discourses to strict eclectically principles.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Felicity

Felicity [ fi-LIS-i-tee ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. the state of being very happy or in bliss
2. a pleasing personality or an instance of skilful faculty
3. good fortune
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 She was so much in love that her felicity was boundless.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Incur

Incur [ in-KUR ]
transitive verb ]
MEANING :
1. to come into something undesirable
2. to suffer the consequences of or become liable to through one's own actions
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
The villagers prayed and offered sacrifices so that they would not incur the wrath of their God.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Chaotic

Chaotic [ key-OT-ik ]
 noun, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. in a totally confused, disordered or erratic state or condition
2. of or pertaining to the dynamics and theories of mathematical chaos
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 People in cities are used to a chaotic lifestyle.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ostentatious

Ostentatious [ os-ten-TEY-shuh’ s, -tuh’ n- ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 intended to be noticed by attracting and impressing others
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Being a wealthy man, he could afford to lead an ostentatious life.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Transpire

Transpire [ tran-spahyuhr ]
 intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (intr. v.) to occur; happen; take place.
2. (tr. v.) to emit or give off (waste matter, watery vapor, an odor, etc.)
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He made a note of everything that transpired in the courtroom.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ostracism

Ostracism [  OS-truh'-siz-uh'm  ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) banishment
2. (n.) disgrace or exclusion from a group by popular vote
2. (n.) (ancient Greece) temporary banishment by means of popular vote
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The ostracism he faced at work because he belonged to a particular caste was, indeed, shameful.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tantamount

Tantamount [ TAN-tuh'-mount ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 equivalent in force, significance or effect
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The strike was tantamount to a declaration of war.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Advocacy

Advocacy [ AD-vuh'-kuh'-see ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. the act of arguing in favour of or of pleading for
2. the act of pleading or supporting
3. the work of an advocate or the profession
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The activist was famous for his advocacy of the fundamental rights of citizens.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Malign

Malign [  muh'-LAHYN  ]
 adjective, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) say wicked things about someone
2. (adj.) evil temperament
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The journalist maligned the politician in his article that was to be published in the newspaper.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Parsimonious

Parsimonious [ pahr-suh’-MOH-nee-uh’ s ]
adjective ]
MEANING :
frugal, stingy, sparing or miserly
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
The parsimonious merchant was wealthy.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Draconian

Draconian [ drey-KOH-nee-uh'n, druh ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. harsh, rigorous or unusually severe
2. characteristic of or pertaining to Draco or his code of laws
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The elders say that society has become too easy going and permissive now that the draconian laws have been repealed.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Accord

Accord [ uh-kawrd ]
 noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) to make agreeable
2. (tr. v.) to bestow upon or to grant
3. (tr. v.) to cause to agree
4. (intr. v.) to be in harmony or in agreement
5.(n.) the state of being n harmony
6. (n.) the act of being in agreement
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The two countries had reached an accord on the exchange of prisoners of war.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Haggle

Haggle [ HAG-uh'l ]
 noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) to come to terms by petty bargaining
2. (tr. v.) to hack or cut in crude fashion
3. (intr. v.) to wrangle
5.(intr. v.) to bargain in a petty way
6. (n.) the act or instance of bargaining, wrangling
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 She would always haggle with the vegetable vendors over the price of the vegetables before buying anything.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Indolent

Indolent [ IN-dl-uh'nt ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. lazy or having a disposition to avoid exertion
2. causing little or no pain
3. relatively benign
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The indolent child would not take part in any of the games.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Annihilate

Annihilate [ uh'-NAHY-uh'-leyt ]
 verb ]
 MEANING :
 to do away with something; destroy completely
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The U.S. department of defence is building a new generation of high-tech weapons which will enable it to annihilate its enemies.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Phoenix

Phoenix [ FEE-niks ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a bird in Egyptian mythology that lived for 500 years and used to get consumed by fire and emerged from the ashes as a new phoenix
2. a symbol of immortality or of reborn idealism
3. a person or thing of great beauty or a paragon
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The company had risen like a phoenix from the ashes due to the determination of the management and the dedication of the workers.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Intractable

Intractable [ in-TRAK-tuh'-buh'l ]
 noun, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (adj.) not easily manageable or controlled
2. (adj.) difficult to shape or work with
3. (adj.) not easily curable or difficult to treat
4. (n.) a headstrong person
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The inexperienced teacher was not able to cope with the class full of intractable children.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Cohorts

Cohorts [ KOH-hawrt ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a group of people or a company of soldiers
2. an associate
3. an accomplice
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The bandit and his cohorts were captured by the police.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Eccentric

Eccentric [ ik-SEN-trik, ek ]
 noun, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (adj.) odd or peculiar
2. (adj.) deviating from the recognized or conventional
3. (adj.) an axis or axle which is not situated in the centre or not having the same centre
4. (adj.) straying from a circular form (elliptic orbit)
5. (n.) a person who behaves in an unusual, peculiar, or odd way or has a peculiar set of beliefs
6. (n.) something that is odd, unusual or peculiar
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 His neighbours avoided him because of his eccentric behaviour.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Drab

Drab [ drab ]
noun, adjective ]
MEANING :
1. (adj.) cheerless or lacking in spirit
2. (adj.) dull or lacking brightness
3. (adj.) having a dreary or dull character
4. (n.) greyish or brownish in colour
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
The drab room, he lived in, made him grumpy.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pomposity

Pomposity [ pom-POS-i-tee ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. the state of being lofty or pretentious
2. ceremonious and stately display of dignity
3. loftiness of language or behaviour
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 None of the villagers were impressed by the pomposity of the minister as he had not kept his election promises.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Malaise

Malaise [ ma-LEYZ, -muh-; Fr. mA-LEZ ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a condition of general weakness
2. a vague feeling of uneasiness
3. a feeling of depression or discomfort
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The doctor said that the malaise could develop into pneumonia.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Imbecility

Imbecility [ im-buh'-SIL-i-tee ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. stupidity or silliness
2. an instance of absurdity or incapability
3. foolishness
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The staff at the shopping arcade complained about the imbecility of the new manager to the directors.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Elixir

Elixir [ ih-LIK-ser ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. an alchemic preparation believed to be capable of prolonging life; a sovereign remedy or universal cure
2. a procedure believed to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold
3. a sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a syrup base for medicine
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The prince and his trusted servants set off for the enchanted forest in search of the elixir of eternal youth.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Futile

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

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Oust

Oust [ oust ]
 transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. to force out or eject from a position
2. to supplant or take someone's place by force
3. to dispossess or evict
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The chairman could not be ousted as the shareholders gave him a vote of confidence.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Poignancy

Poignancy [ POIN-yuh'n-see, POIN-uh'n ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. the state of being very touching or profoundly moving
2. an emotional moment or event
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Many viewers were moved to tears by the poignancy of the soap opera.