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Feud [ fyood ][ noun, intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a blood feud or bitter, mutual enmity over generations between two clans or families 2. (intr.v.) to engage in or perpetuate a feudUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The bloody feud had been ongoing for a century.
Unconscionable [ uhn-KON-shuh’-nuh’-buh’l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. not bound by conscience; unscrupulous 2. beyond reason; excessiveUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He lost his job as public relations officer because of his unconscionable conduct.
Juvenile [ JOO-vuh’-nl, -nahyl ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) immature, childish or young 2.(adj.) under-developed 3. (adj.) pertaining to or of children 4. (n.) a child or youth 5. (n.) a book meant for childrenUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :At the initiation program the Dean informed the students that juvenile behaviour would not be tolerated in the college.
Garble [ GAHR-buh'l ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to jumble, scramble or mix up ignorantly 2. (tr.v.) to distort so as to misrepresent 3. (n.) an instance or act of garblingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The competitor's data had been garbled by the spy planted in his organization.
Fidelity [ fi-DEL-i-tee, fahy- ][ noun ]MEANING :1. faithfulness or devotion to one's duty 2. exactness or accuracy 3. loyalty 4. accuracy with which an input signal is reproduced by an electronic systemUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His fidelity to his wife was questioned during the started divorce proceedings.
Deferential [ dif-uh’-REN-shuh’ l ][ adjective ]MEANING :respectful, courteous, obedient or reverentialUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The teacher praised the deferential student and asked the other students to follow his example.
Figurehead [ FIG-yer-hed ][ noun ]MEANING :1. one who is only a nominal or titular head 2. a figure that has been carved on the bow of a ship that is sailingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was elected to power but only as a figurehead.
Gaucherie [ goh-shuh'-REE; Fr. gohsh-uh-*REE ][ noun ]MEANING :1. tactlessness or awkwardness 2. a blooper, faux pas or blunderUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The gaucherie of the captain was likened to that of a village idiot.
Ensign [ EN-sahyn; Mil. EN-suh’ n ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a flag flown by a ship to indicate nationality 2. sign or emblem 3. an officer in the us navy who has the lowest rankUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :They would raise the ensign at dawn and lower it before dusk.
Umbrageous [ uhm-BREY-juh’s ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. creating or affording shade 2. likely to take offence, irritableUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The weary traveller rested under an umbrageous tree which provided him with shelter from the blazing sun.
Forestall [ fohr-STAWL, fawr- ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to prevent, hinder, obstruct, thwart or delay 2. to anticipate or deal with beforehand 3. to buy goods in advance so as to increase the price when resellingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The building secretary could not forestall the renovation by making trivial complaints to the municipal corporation.
Forge [ fawrj, fohrj ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) furnace, hearth or smithy to wrought metal 2. (tr.v.) to give a shape by heating and then hammering 3. (tr.v.) to fashion or counterfeit 4. (intr.v.) to commit forgery 5. (intr.v.) to work at a forgeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The blacksmith lit the forge and prepared his instruments to begin work for the day.
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.
Coagulation [ koh-AG-yuh’-ley-shuh’n ][ noun ]MEANING :1. congealing, clotting or the process of transformation from a liquid into a solid or gel by a succession of chemical reactionsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The autopsy revealed that the coagulation of blood in the arteries was caused by poison which was administered to the victim intravenously.
Jabber [ JAB-er ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to utter or chatter rapidly and indistinctly 2. (n.) gibberish or non-sensical chatterUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The children jabbered away when the teacher stepped out of the classroom.
Cloture [ KLOH-cher ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a procedure of the parliament in which the debate over an ongoing matter is closed and the matter is subjected to an immediate vote 2. (tr.v.) to apply cloture toUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Since consensus was unlikely despite an extended debate, a motion for cloture was adopted after a majority vote was obtained.
Jamboree [ jam-buh’-REE ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a noisy merry-making or celebration 2. an assembly esp. one of boy or girl scoutsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :A jamboree was held for the students after the final examinations were over.
Jocular [ JOK-yuh’-ler ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. habitually jocund, humorous or playful 2. given to or characterised by jokingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The master of ceremonies opened the party with a jocular statement that set the trend for the evening.
Unmitigated [ uh’n-MIT-i-gey-tid ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. not diminished or lessened 2. unqualified or absoluteUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The accounts executive realised the unmitigated folly of trusting people only after many clients defaulted.
Bedizen [ bi-DAHY-zuh’ n, -DIZ-uh’ n ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :to adorn, ornament or dress in a gaudy or showy mannerUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She bedizened herself in the hope that she would be mistaken for a princess.
Juridical [ joo’-RID-i-kuh’ l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. legal 2. pertaining or related to law and its administrationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The juridical council has the final say on all matters of controversy.