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recreant [  REK-ree-uh’ nt  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) cowardly, gutless or craven 2. (adj.) unfaithful, treacherous or traitorous 3. (n.) one who is cowardly or gutless 4. (n.) a deserter, traitor, renegade or unfaithful person   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Recreant acts can cause an army to lose the battle.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   One of the jobs of the prefects at my school was to summon the junior boys to be thrashed; and I remember being appalled to listen to the blubbing pleas of some recreant, as he was given 12 strokes.


prodigal  [  PROD-i-guh’ l  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) extravagance, a wasteful luxuriant or spendthrift 2. (adj.) extravagant, wasteful or lavish   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The prodigal heir to the Duchy of Brentword was famous for his debts .   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   Now the folks from whom we borrowed to buy all that oil and all those cars, electronics and clothes are coming to buy the country we inherited. We are prodigal sons, and the day of reckoning approaches.


resplendent [  ri-SPLEN-duh’ nt  ]   [  adjective, intransitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. shining luminously or radiantly 2. dazzling, garish or splendid   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The resplendent fireworks dazzled the crowd.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   It's a resplendent sun-drenched morning in the east of Scotland.


quiescent [  kwee-ES-uh’ nt, kwahy-  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. inactive, motionless or quiet 2. not showing symptoms or causing any trouble   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was a quiescent child who loved to daydream.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   But the 662-mile-wide (1,066-kilometer-wide) moon hasn't always been quiescent. Billions of years ago tectonic forces produced an enormous rift similar to the East African Rift Valley on Earth, Nimmo said.


querulous  [  KWER-uh’-luh’ s, KWER-yuh’-  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. discontented or grumbling 2. peevish or complaining USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : She was admonished for her querulous nature. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : But she had become, according to sources, very "querulous" by this time, asking for "all kinds of things". My apologies for the delay in post. This would not happen again :)

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