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recondite [  REK-uh’ n-dahyt, ri-KON-dahyt  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. hidden; concealed 2. difficult to understand; abstruse 3. of or pertaining to something difficult, esoteric or obscure   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Nano technology is a complex and recondite field, requiring many years of study and an above average intellect.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Heraldic design is a complex subject with its own recondite vocabulary, much of it derived from 13th and 14th century Norman French.


obscurantism [  uh’ b-SKYOO’ R-uh’ n-tiz-uh’ m, ob-skyoo’-RAN-tiz-uh’ m  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. opposition to human progress 2. practice of withholding some information from the public by being vague   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Obscurantism- resulting out of spite and ignorance- is the main factor impeding progress in our country.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Perhaps the wilful obscurantism and dreadful English that now afflict humanities faculties in Britain as elsewhere have eroded their influence outside the academy.


juxtapose [  JUHK-stuh’-pohz, juhk-stuh’-POHZ  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   to place side by side especially in order to compare and contrast   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   It would be interesting to juxtapose Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comments before the T20 World Cup with the Indian team's actual performance.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   The report is interesting to juxtapose with next week's announcement by Apple, which is expected to release its highly-anticipated second-generation iPhone, featuring 3G.


miff [  mif  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) ill-humour; in an irritable, disagreeable mood 2. (n.) a petty or trivial quarrel 3. (tr. v.) to offend or annoy   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was miffed at not being invited to the party.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Southerners expecting to make an ally with someone who’s going somewhere are going to be miffed. Update: Now get Word of the day delivered right into your stream in Google Plus. Add us in your circle @ on Google Plus


curry [  KUR-ee, KUHR-ee  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a very spicy dish made with vegetables, onion and meat or fish that is very often consumed with rice 2. (tr.v.) to flavour with curry powder or with a combination of spices 3. (tr.v.) to use a currycomb and groom a horse 4. (tr.v.) to beat, thrash or hit   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The curry was made using mixture of different kinds of lentils.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   The owners of a Manchester curry house where cockroaches and mouse droppings were found in the kitchen have been fined more than £31,000.


depredation [  dep-ri-DEY-shuh' n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a pillage, robbery, plunder or ravage 2. a raid   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The depredation angered the farmers, who vowed revenge.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   The dying river, once known as the lifeline of the capital, remains a mute witness to the depredation in the name of religion with no one taking responsibility to clean the mess.


jujitsu [  joo-JIT-soo  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   a form of martial arts that makes use of blows, throws, etc. but not weapons to fight and makes use of the opponent's weight and strength against them   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The ancient martial arts form of Jujitsu was first developed by the Samurai in Japan and today can boast of many derived forms.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   The churches did roaring business on the back of “The Passion of the Christ” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”; they hope to do the same, with the aid of a bit of jujitsu, with Mr Brown's offering.


metier [  MEY-tyey, mey-TYEY  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a trade, profession or vocation 2. an area of activity or work in which one has interest or is competent; forte   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The metier of a pilot calls for quick thinking and strong nerves.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   The general impression is that conducting is a difficult metier for a man who describes himself as having been chronically shy in his youth.


ostracise [  OS-truh’-sahyz  ]   [  verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to banish or remove from a group 2. followed in ancient greece, when a citizen considered dangerous to a state was sent into exile by popular vote   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   After his arrest, he was ostracised by his friends.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   His most striking contribution to the debate so far has been to show that black students who study hard are accused of “acting white” and are ostracised by their peers.


noisome [  NOI-suh’ m  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. obnoxious or harmful 2. very offensive to the point of arousing disgust   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The noisome odour emanating from the alley compelled us to change our route.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   The most noisome moment in this country, from the announcement of the production through its roll-out, came when a driver rammed a converted school bus into an empty theater lobby in Ithaca, N.Y., injuring only himself.


nonpareil [  non-puh’-REL  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) not having any equal 2. (n.) someone or something that has no equal   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Harold Robbins is widely regarded as a nonpareil among best selling novelists.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   That's what you get when two colossal clubs unfurl the talents of Trezeguet, Del Piero, Rui Costa, Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi and Paolo Maldini, that dark-eyed nonpareil of a defender.


menagerie  [  muh’-NAJ-uh’-ree, -NAZH-  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a collection of varied and exotic animals especially held for display 2. a place where exotic and unusual animals are held 3. a varied or diverse group   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The menagerie of lions and tigers being paraded around the circus ring thrilled the audience.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   There were well-stocked games rooms, extensive lawns (much used for games of football), an adventure playground, a menagerie (goats, rabbits, hens, guinea pigs), plus a superb amount of information on local walks and cycle routes.

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