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Advent

Advent [ AD-vent ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the arrival or coming
2. the period before Christmas, that includes four Sundays preceding it, which is considered by Christians as a time to pray and fast
3. the coming or birth of Jesus Christ at the incarnationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The advent of the information age was welcomed by the developing world.

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.

Sedition

Sedition [ si-DISH-uh’ n ][ noun ]MEANING :rebellion or incitement against an authority or a governmentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was arrested on charges of sedition.

Somber

Somber [ SOM-ber ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. dim, gloomy or dull
2. having a dark hue or colour
3. dismal, melancholic or despondent
4. grim, grave or solemnUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His somber expression indicated that the operation had been unsuccessful.

Cohorts

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

Vindicate

Vindicate [ VIN-di-keyt ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to free or clear from accusations and criticism
2. to justify, confirm, substantiate or support
3. to avenge or exact revenge
4. to maintain, insist or defendUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was vindicated when he won the trial.

Indulgent

Indulgent [ in-DUHL-juh'nt ][ adjective ]MEANING :easy-going, kindly tolerantUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He had to curtail his indulgent behaviour during those hard times.

Vibrant

Vibrant [ˈvʌɪbr(ə)nt]MEANING: Full of energy and lifeQuivering; pulsating:Usage Example 1: a huge room decorated in vibrant blues and greens
Wishing all our patrons a very happy holi!

Platitude

Platitude [ PLAT-i-tood, -tyood ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a banal or stale comment or remark
2. insipid or dullUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Her platitudes only served to raise his temper.

Cession

Cession [ SESH-uh' n ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an act of surrendering, yielding or giving up
2. one or something that is given up or surrenderedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The cession by the troops stunned the General.

Panache

Panache [ puh’-NASH, -NAHSH ][ noun ]MEANING :1. flair, style or flamboyance
2. a tuft or plume of tassels or feathers esp. on a cap or helmet
a pendentive's surface (in architecture)USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The count had panache which attracted people from different walks of life.

Wizened

Wizened [ WIZ-uh'nd; WEE-zuh'nd ][ adjective ]MEANING :shrivelled, withered or dried upUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The wizened look did not belong on a young face.

Volition

Volition [ voh-LISH-uh'n, vuh'- ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an instance or act or choosing, willing or making a decision
2. a decision or choice made according to one's own will
3. the faculty or power to choose, make a decision or determineUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She chose to gamble her money by her own volition.

Wane

Wane [ weyn ][ noun, intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. (intr.v.) to gradually diminish or reduce in size, intensity or strength
2. (int.v.) to draw closer to an end
3. (intr.v.) to gradually reduce the moon's illuminated portion in intensity and size
4. (n.) an instance of gruel diminishing or dwindling
5. (n.) a period or phase of gradual declineUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The moon waned as the days flew by but there was no message from him.

Zephyr

Zephyr [ ZEF-er ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a mild breeze blowing from the west
2. one that is insubstantial, temporary or airy
3. a soft and light fabric, cloth or yarnUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The clouds were blown inland by a zephyr.

Revile

Revile [ ri-VAHYL ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to scold or rebuke using offensive language
2. (intr.v.) to insult by means of abusive languageUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The main accusation against the soldiers was that they reviled the prisoners of war.

Vacuous

Vacuous [ VAK-yoo-uh's ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. devoid of or lacking matter or contents
2. stupid, inane or deficient in ideas and intelligence
3. vacant or lacking expression
4. idle or lacking purposeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His vacuous expression convinced people that he was a dull person.

Nonplus

Nonplus [ non-PLUHS, NON-pluhs ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a state or condition of perplexity and confusion
2. (tr.v.) to bewilder, puzzle, perplex, confuse or put at a loss for wordsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His constant expression of nonplus was annoying to his colleagues.

Vicissitude

Vicissitude [ vi-SIS-i-tood, -tyood ][ noun ]MEANING :1. variation, change or mutation
2. alternation or a successive change
3. an unexpected change that could occur in one's lifeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The vicissitude seen in the cells alarmed the scientists.

Blanch

Blanch [ blanch, blahnch ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to whiten or bleach
2. (tr.v.) to make pale or devoid of colour
3. (tr.v.) to scald in order to remove skin or prepare for freezing
4. (intr.v.) to turn or become pale or whiteUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :They blanched the cloth to suit their needs.

Effusive

Effusive [ i-FYOO-siv ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. extremely demonstrative, expressive or lacking restraint when showing emotions
2. overflowing, profuse esp. pertaining to flow of lavaUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His effusive demeanour angered people.

Ravage

Ravage [ RAV-ij ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to devastate or bring heavy destruction upon
2. (tr. v.) to wreak havoc upon
3. (tr. v.) to plunder
4. (intr. v.) to cause destruction
5. (n.) serious damage
6. (n.) the act of plunderingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The village and crops were ravaged by the storm.

Arable

Arable [ AR-uh'-buh' l ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) cultivable, fit to grow crops or capable of being used for farming
2. (n.) land that is fit for agricultureUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The arable land was not for sale.

Circumscribe

Circumscribe [ SUR-kuh' m-skrahyb, sur-kuh' m-SKRAHYB ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to confine, constrict or limit carefully
2. to encompass or encircle
3. to define, mark or set the limits of somethingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The planting of mango trees was circumscribed to the area surrounding the village.