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Acrophobia [ ak-ruh'-FOH-bee-uh' ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an abnormal fear of heights or high placesUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Many pilots still enjoy flying even though they have some degree of acrophobia.


Emblazon [ em-BLEY-zuh' n ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to adorn, decorate or inscribe with prominent or heraldic bearings
2. to decorate or display with brilliant or bright colours
3. to extol, celebrate, praise or make illustriousUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Both the entrances were emblazoned with an intricate design.


Multifarious [ muhl-tuh’-FAIR-ee-uh’ s ][ adjective ]MEANING :diverse, varied or versatileUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :In the end it became very difficult to live with all the multifarious characters that inhabited his persona.


Malady [ MAL-uh'-dee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a disease or a disorder or an ailment
2. an unhealthy or undesirable conditionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He suffered from an incurable malady.


Kickshaw [ KIK-shaw ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a fancy but insubstantial cooked dish, especially one of foreign origin
2. a trifle, gewgaw or trinketUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The restaurant failed to impress with its long list of kickshaws.


Blasé [ blah-ZEY, BLAH-zey; Fr. bla*-ZEY ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. apathetic to, indifferent to or bored with worldly pleasures
2. sophisticated
3. nonchalant or unconcernedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :After being fired from his job his attitude towards life turned blasé.


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.


Epigram [ EP-i-gram ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a paradoxical or satirical poem or sayingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Oscar Wilde's epigrams are timeless in their ingenuity and wit.


Divination [ div-uh'-NEY-shuh' n ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the act of foretelling future events or discovering hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means
2. instinctive foresight; unusual insightUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The Celtic art of divination has faced ridicule through the ages.


Fulmination [ fuhl-muh'-NEY-shuh'n  ][ noun ]MEANING :1. censure or denunciation
2. violent explosionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The fulmination of the coach proved to be disastrous for the team.


Aficionado [ uh'-fish-yuh-NAH-doh; Sp. ah-fee-thyaw-NAH-th'aw, ah-fee-syaw- ][ noun ]MEANING :an enthusiastic admirer of a sport or interest; a fanUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Celebrities are often hounded by aficionados for autographs.


Defeatist [ dih-FEE-tist ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (n.) a person who surrenders easily
2. (n.) an advocate or follower of defeatism
3.(n.) resignation to the prospect of losing
4. (adj.) marked by the prospect of losingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Just because I'm concerned about the progress of the negotiations doesn't mean I'm a defeatist.


Cantata [ kuh'n-TAH-tuh' ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a choral composition often using a sacred text, as a lyric drama set to music but not to be acted.
2. a musical compositionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Besides these he composed several cantatas for church use, and several instrumental pieces.


Innocuous [ i-NOK-yoo-uh’ s ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. not harmful or injurious
2. inoffensive, insipid, uninspiring or not stimulatingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The question is why an innocuous Hollywood film should provoke such a reaction.


Rampant [ RAM-puh'nt ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. unchecked or widespread
2. raging or violent
3. (Heraldry) rearing on the left hind leg with the forelegs elevated and the head in profileUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Political violence was rampant in that area due to impending elections.


Ordination [ awr-dn-EY-shuhn ][ noun ]MEANING :1. (n.) the act of consecration to the ministry
2. (n.) a decreeing
3. (n.) the act of putting in orderUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He said that his ordination into the priesthood took place after seven years of theological studies at the seminary.


Broach [ brohch ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to mention or announce for the first time
2. (tr.v.) to tap or make a hole by piercing
3.(n.) a tapered, elongated and serrated tool for cutting which is used to shape or enlarge holes
4. (intr.v.) to emerge from the seaUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He finally broached the subject he had been avoiding all evening.


Primordial [ prahy-MAWR-dee-uh'l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. original or constituting a beginning
2. formed first or happening first in sequence of time
3. elementary or fundamentalUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Researchers worldwide are to meet and compare their studies of primordial germ cells.


Foist [ foist ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to insert or introduce fraudulently
2. to pass off something fake as something genuine
3. to impose without proper justificationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She had no desire to have an elderly relative foisted on her.


Encomium [ en-KOH-mee-uh' m ][ noun ]MEANING :enthusiastic praise or laudationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :To celebrate his poems, the publisher put the best one on the back of the hardcover edition, instead of blurbs and encomia.


Seamy [ SEE-mee ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) unpleasant
2. (adj.) disgusting
3. (adj.) pertaining to a seamUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :All the stuff about the supposedly seamy side of gaming is way off the mark.


Remediable [ ri-MEE-dee-uh’-buh’ l ][ adjective ]MEANING :capable of being cured or remediedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The remediable ailment required minor surgery.


Quinquennial [ kwin-KWEN-ee-uh’ l, kwing- ][ adjective ]MEANING :occurring every five yearsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :They conducted quinquennial reviews to decide on fund distribution.