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Passe [ pahs ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) outdated, outmoded or no longer in fashion 2. (adj.) faded, aged or past one's prime 3. (n.) (roulette) numbers nineteen through thirty sixUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Wearing a passe wardrobe is considered to be a social faux pas.
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 chaosUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :People in cities are used to a chaotic lifestyle.
Ostentatious [ os-ten-TEY-shuh’ s, -tuh’ n- ][ adjective ]MEANING :intended to be noticed by attracting and impressing othersUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Being a wealthy man, he could afford to lead an ostentatious life.
Depreciate [ di-PREE-shee-eyt][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to reduce or lower the worth or value of something 2. (tr.v.) to belittle or represent as being of hardly any value 3. (intr.v.) to diminish or fall in price or valueUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The value of electronic items depreciates over time.
Catalyst [ KAT-l-ist ][ noun ]MEANING :1. something that acts as the stimulus in an activity without itself being affected in any way 2. (Chemistry) a substance that hastens a reaction or process without itself reacting with any other substance or undergoing any chemical changeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The catalyst was an important ingredient in the experiment.
Canard [ kuh'-NAHRD; Fr. ka*-NA*R* ][ noun ]MEANING :a spiteful report created to cause harm.USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The canard about the starlet's lifestyle led to her being dropped from a leading role in the next blockbuster film.
Knotty [ NOT-ee ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. tied in knots or full of knots or having knots 2. intricate, involved, or difficult to understand or solve 3. gnarled or covered in knobsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :When the party split the followers were faced with the knotty problem of having to choose sides.
Precarious [ pri-KAIR-ee-uh's][ adjective ]MEANING :1. dependent on situations beyond one's control 2. dangerous or perilousUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He accepted that success was based on precarious instances as fate was often fickle.
Reparation [ rep-uh’-REY-shuh’ n ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an act of making up or making amends 2. indemnification, compensation or atonementUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was asked to make reparations to his victims.
Artifact [ AHR-tuh'-fakt ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an object made by humans that could be of historical interest 2. an article or structure that has been archaeologically excavated 3. an object that reflects contemporary culture 4. something that becomes apparent after extraneous (esp. human) activityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The artifacts were stolen from the museum.
Billow [ BIL-oh ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (intr. v.) to surge or swell out 2. (tr. v.) to cause to rise 3. (n.) a great wave or surging massUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Smoke from the bonfire billowed upwards.
Belligerent [ buh'-LIJ-er-uh' nt ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) waging war or warlike 2. (adj.) inclined towards hostility or combativeness 3. (n.) a nation or group that is in a state of war or warlike conditionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His belligerent attitude did not win him many friends.
Ascribe [ uh'-SKRAHYB ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to attribute, credit, assign or impute 2. to attribute someone or something as a sourceUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The entire success of the project was ascribed to his efforts.
Loiter [ LOI-ter ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (intr.v.) to dawdle or wander or idle away in an aimless manner 2. (intr.v.) to lag behind or proceed slowly 3. (tr.v.) to unnecessarily pass time or dawdleUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was caught loitering and was asked to leave.
Parochial [ puh'-ROH-kee-uh'l][ adjective ]MEANING :1. pertaining to or supported by or located in a parish
2. pertaining the education provided by a parochial school
3. very limited scope or narrow in outlook
4. provincialUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The best education is provided in parochial schools.
Constrain [ kuh’ n-STREYN ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to oblige, confine, compel or force 2. to restrain, hold back or limit by using bonds 3. to produce in a strained mannerUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was constrained to tell the truth by his peers who threatened him with dire consequences.
Commensurate [ kuh'-MEN-ser-it ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. proportionate or corresponding in magnitude or degree 2. of equal extent or having the same measureUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The factory laborers were told that their wages would be commensurate with the quantity of goods produced.
Bland [ bland ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. characterized by a tranquil, unperturbed, or moderate quality 2. tasteless or having little or no distinctive flavor 3. dull or insipidUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The doctor treated him for ulcers and advised him to go on a bland diet.
Coax [ kohks ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to cajole, wheedle or persuade by using flattery 2. (tr.v.) to manipulate and gain by means of flattery 3. (intr.v.) to persuade or urge by flattery 4. (n.) coaxial cableUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :They coaxed her to come to the movies with them.
Indenture [ in-DEN-cher ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a written contract, deed or agreement with two or copies having indentations 2. (n.) a contract or agreement that binds an apprentice 3. (n.) a certificate or list that is authenticated to be used as a voucher 4. (tr.v.) to bind by a contract or indentureUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The indenture will have to be presented in court.
Deadlock [ DED-lok ][ noun, verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a complete standstill or a state in which progress is impossible 2. (n.) a stalemate or impasse 3. (n.) a deadbolt 4. (n.) the cell used for solitary confinement 5. (tr. v.) to bring or come to a standstill.USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The deadlock between the miners and the steelmakers could only be overcome by an increase in the price of iron ore.
Conscript [ v. kuh'n-SKRIPT; n., adj. KON-skript ][ noun, adjective, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a recruit enlisted by force 2. (tr. v.) to force or draft into the armed forces 3. (adj.) draftedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The despot’s army consisted only of conscripts.
Facetious [ fuh-SEE-shuh s ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. jocular, witty, waggish, bantering or humorous 2. not intended to be seriousUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :People invited him to their parties because of his facetious nature.