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Rhapsody [ RAP-suh'-dee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. (n.) an instrumental piece of music irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation 2. (n.) a state of ecstasy 3. (n.) a literary creation in a lofty styleUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The pianist received a standing ovation from the audience for his rendition of a rhapsody.
Incendiary [ in-SEN-dee-er-ee][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) related to the illegal act of setting fire to property 2. (adj.) capable of fiery combustion 3. (adj.) causing dissension, hatred or anger; inflammatory 4. (adj.) tending to arouse the senses 1. (n.) a person who deliberately sets fire to property 2. (n.) a bomb or grenade that explodes giving out intense heat
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : They were arrested after police discovered incendiary devices in their car.
Ensue [ en-SOO ][ intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. to follow as a consequence 2. to follow in order or successionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The principal warned the students that if they did not obey the rules punishment would ensue.
Crotchet [ KROCH-it ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an eccentric, fancy or whimsical notion 2. a small hook-like process 3. a quarter note 4. a curved surgical instrument with a hookUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She was often ridiculed because of her crotchets.
Derelict [ DER-uh-likt ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) deserted, run-down or abandoned esp. by the owner 2. (adj.) negligent or delinquent 3. (n.) a property that has been deserted or abandoned by its owner 4. (n.) a vagrant or homeless person 5. (n.) a nautical vessel esp. a ship that been abandoned in the open sea by the crewUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The derelict man spent the weekend at the homeless shelter.
Abomination [ uh'-bom-uh'-NEY-shuh'n ][ noun ]MEANING :1. abhorrence, detestation or disgust 2. the cause of abhorrence or wickednessUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :In my heart of hearts, I think unenforceable laws such as these are abominations that bring the entire legal system into disrepute.
Pragmatic [ prag-MAT-ik ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) practical or matter-of-fact 2. (adj.) pertaining to facts and actual incidents 3. (n.) practical sanctionsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The government has devised a pragmatic solution to the problem of the steep rise in food prices.
Filial [ FIL-ee-uh' l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. pertaining to a child or offspring 2. pertaining to a series of generations succeeding the parental generationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The sailor was overwhelmed with the display of filial affection.
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.
Piecemeal [ PEES-meel ][ adjective, adverb ]MEANING :1. (adj.) done bit by bit or in stages 2. (adj.) accomplished gradually 3. (adv.) into pieces or fragments 4.(adv.) piece by piece or one piece at a timeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The village is slowly being killed off by piecemeal development.
Bowdlerize [ BOHD-luh'-rahyz ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to expurgate by removing passages or parts of passages considered objectionable 2. derived from Thomas Bowdler English editor of an expurgated version of Shakespeare's works; British spelling: bowdleriseUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The editor of the magazine had the article bowdlerized because of the lurid descriptions that it contained.
Junta [ HOO’ N-tuh’, JUHN , HUHN ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a council, committee or assembly for governmental purposes 2. a group of military officers that rule a country after seizing control and power 3. a juntoUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :As government forces suffered defeat after defeat, the military junta needed a scapegoat.
Epicure [ EP-i-kyoo' r ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a connoisseur of food and wine 2. one who enjoys sensual pleasure and livingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :They see themselves as epicures—delighting in food that is properly prepared.
Precept [ PREE-sept ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a commandment or order issued with the intention of prescribing conduct 2. a warrant or directiveUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Children learn far more by example than by precept.
Escapade [ ES-kuh'-peyd, es-kuh'-PEYD ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a wild prank or rash adventure 2. an escape from captivity, confinement, control or restraintUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His escapades were well known across the office.
Dinghy [ DING-gee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. any small boat for use as a tender or lifeboat 2. an inflatable life raft 3. a small rowing or sailing boatUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :They rowed the dinghy to the centre of the lake to do their fishing.
Bivouac [ biv-oo-ak, biv-wak ][ noun, intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a temporary military encampment having practically no shelter 2. (n.) the place that is used to set up such camps 3. (intr.v.) to encamp or take shelter in a bivouac 4. (tr.v.) to provide with shelter temporarilyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The troops decided to vacate the bivouacs after facing heavy enemy fire.
Brackish [ BRAK-ish ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. salty, saline or briny
2. nauseating, repulsive or distastefulUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Preferring calm conditions, seahorses are often found near brackish water where salt and fresh water mix.
Frivolity [ fri-VOL-i-tee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. triviality, silliness or lightness 2. frippery, bagatelle or something has little or no importanceUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Some reporters who covered this story described it in tones of frivolity and amusement.