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pertinent

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pertinent [ PUR-tn-uh’ nt ] [ adjective ] 
MEANING : relevant, applicable or directly connected to the current topic 
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : A great thinker is pertinent to all ages.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : Ritchie told CNN, "People seem to make films similar to my kind of films in New York, but they don't seem to in London. My expression of London is illustrated in what I find to be pertinent within the culture at that time, so I try to put that in my films, and no one else seems to be doing that."

inveigh

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inveigh [ in-VEY ]intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. to speak out vehemently or protest bitterlyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The politician preferred to inveigh against his many enemies with the help of editorials in his newspaper.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :In England, at least, Black was something of a model proprietor, refusing to fire A.N. Wilson or Taki even after ugly public quarrels over Israel, preferring, instead, to inveigh against them and his myriad other enemies in the pages of his publications.

indict

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indict [ in-DAHYT ]transitive verb ]MEANING :accuse, charge or prosecuteUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :With the quantum of evidence against him, it is likely that the jury will indict him.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :In 2006, while awaiting sentencing on the passport violations, he was indicted by a grand jury and charged with conspiring to commit torture, committing torture and the use of a firearm while committing a violent act in Liberia.

incursion

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incursion [ in-KUR-zhuh’ n, -shuh’ n ][ noun ]MEANING :an invasion, inroad, intrusion or raidUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The armed incursion into Kargil by Pakistani troops in 1998 was successfully repulsed by the Indian army.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Fearful that Moscow's recent armed incursion into Georgia suggests it is trying to regain control over its "near abroad", Mr Lukashenko is now urgently seeking to mend relations with the West, even hiring Lady Thatcher's former spin doctor, Tim Bell, for advice.

ossify

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ossify [ OS-uh’-fahy ] [ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
MEANING :
1. (tr.v.) to harden and transform to a bone
2. (tr. v.) to be rigid or resist change and unconventionality
3. (intr. v.) to change a bone by hardening
4. (intr. v.) to be rigid or unconventional in beliefs and behaviour
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Countries that do not allow any form of free expression to their people will ossify artistically, socially and ultimately economically.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : Economies that do not bring out the best in people will ossify and fall behind.


pertinacious

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pertinacious [ pur-tn-EY-shuh’ s ]adjective ]MEANING :1. stubborn, obstinate or unyielding
2. resolute or tenacious
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Her pertinacious, pro-communist views irked the audience.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :In travelling, there is nothing like dissecting people's statements, which are usually coloured by their estimate of the powers or likings of the person spoken to, making all reasonable inquiries, and then pertinaciously but quietly carrying out one's own plans.

modicum

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modicum [ MOD-i-kuh’ m ]adjective ]MEANING :a moderate or small amountUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :If George Bush had a modicum of integrity, he would admit that the war in Iraq was not intended to free the Iraqi people from an oppressive and murderous regime but simply for US companies to take control of Iraqi oil assets.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :We must assume that Thompson and Rogers were both ordinary country lads who fancied a life with a modicum of excitement, a bit of a uniform, and a small but steady wage instead of being a farm hand.

inundate

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inundate [ IN-uh’ n-deyt, -uhn-, in-UHN-deyt ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. deluge or to flood
2. to overwhelm or engulf especially with workUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The meteorological department has warned that heavy rains may inundate Mumbai this week.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Officials said areas in which hurricane Rita inundated 10,000 homes in 2005 were vulnerable again.

onerous

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onerous [ ON-er-uh’ s, OH-ner- ] [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. arduous, burdensome or oppressive
2. legal obligations overshadowing advantages


USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He found the onerous duties of being a Prime Minister too taxing and was secretly relieved when his party lost the parliamentary elections.


USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : We are talking about a standard verification package. This is not onerous; this is not unusual in terms of trying to verify activities that may have taken place.

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pernicious

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pernicious [ per-NISH-uh’ s ] [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. injurious, harmful or destructive
2. (archaic) evil, malicious or wicked
3. deadly or fatal
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The pernicious Tuberculosis virus is making a comeback and precautions have to be taken by the people against contracting this deadly disease.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : Apparently, Frum is unaware that TR declared, “Thank God I am not a free trader. Pernicious indulgence in the doctrine of free trade seems inevitably to produce fatty degeneration of the moral fibre.”

perennial

perennial [ puh’-REN-ee-uh’ l ]noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) existing throughout the year
2. (adj.) persisting for a very long time
3. (adj.) recurrent or perpetual
4. (n.) a plant that is perennial in nature
5. (n.) a recurrent phenomenon or thing
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The perennial tropical climate of Florida makes it an attractive destination for tourists from more temperate regions.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :According to data from NASA's QuikSCAT satellite, between 2004 and 2005 the Arctic lost an unprecedented 14 percent of its perennial sea ice (shown in white)—some 280,000 square miles (725,000 square kilometers), or an area the size of Texas

mirth

mirth [ murth ]noun ]MEANING :gaiety, happiness or amusementUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Her mirth on seeing his downfall became evident from the sadistic expression on her face.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :This barrel chested striker was the subject of much mirth by way of a famous old music hall ditty.

inane

inane [ i-NEYN ]adjective ]MEANING :1. vacant, insubstantial or empty
2. silly, stupid or foolish
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The journalist's inane questions irritated the visiting Head of state.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Although Australian Wayne Grady has never been one of my favourite sports commentators, the former golf pro sank even lower in my esteem with his inane remark about the heavy Scots accent of Bob Torrance, who coaches Open champion Padraig Harrington.

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inter

inter [ in-TUR ]transitive verb ]MEANING :entomb or buryUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The pyramids in which ancient Pharaohs have been interred are one of the wonders of the world.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :He was interred in a tomb that was never intended for a king.
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