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mountebank

mountebank [ MOUN-tuh’-bangk ][ noun, intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) one who, in a public place or from a platform, tells audiences stories and tricks them into buying quack medicines from himself or herself
2. (n.) a charlatan, boastful pretender or quack
3. (intr.v.) to operate, behave or act like a charlatan or mountebankUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The mountebank was arrested by the police on charges of selling drugs without prescriptions.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :It somehow comes as no surprise to discover that this prince of mountebanks was also a close friend of the Duke of Windsor.

Simper

simper [ SIM-per ][ intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. (intr.v.) to grin or smile in a coy or silly manner
2. (tr.v.) to express or say by grinning coyly
3. (n.) a coy, shy or silly grin or smileUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She simpered and tried to gain his attention.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Lib Dem Nicol Stephen summons a soppy simper on his wistful, wee-boy phizzer.

rostrum

rostrum [ ROS-truh ’m ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a dais, stage or platform that is used for public speaking
2. a beak-like, curved prow of an ancient roman ship
3. (biology)a protrusion or extension that is curvedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The rostrum was checked by the security personnel.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :You're on the rostrum so it's not the end of the world but you're one position away from greatness.

simian

simian [ SIM-ee-uh’n ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) pertaining to or characteristic of a monkey or an ape
2. (n.) a monkey, primate or apeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His simian facial features made him stand out in a crowd.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The marauding simian that gave residents of Kamakshipalya sleepless nights last week, attacked two more victims on Monday night: Anil Kumar, a youth who was sleeping outside his house in BDA Layout, was bit by the monkey in the thigh.

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sojourn

sojourn [ n. SOH-jurn; v. SOH-jurn, soh-JURN ][ noun ]MEANING :1. (n.) a trip, vacation or tour
2. (n.) a temporary or short term residence
3. (intr.v.) to visit or reside temporarily in some placeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He decided to take a sojourn to Las Vegas.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :You could even bring a potted shrub or tree in from the garden for a short sojourn, covering any unsightly soil with a smart mulch of pebbles, shells, even glass marbles or old corks.

specious

specious [ SPEE-shuh’ s ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. having a characteristic of being logical and plausible when actually it is fictitious or not genuine
deceptively beautiful or visually appealingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The debate consisted mostly of specious arguments.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :In assessing what Palin's candidacy has meant for feminism, the question is not specious.

servile

servile [ SUR-vil, -vahyl ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. a fawning or submissive attitude
2. of or pertaining to slaves or servantsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The servile adoration of the servant angered him.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Enslaved workers are also employed as domestic servants, working in kitchens or subjected to servile marriages.

saunter

saunter [ SAWN-ter, SAHN- ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to walk or stroll in a relaxed manner or with a gentle gait
2. (n.) a relaxed, gentle gait
3. (n.) a stroll or unhurried, relaxed walkUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He sauntered around the park to gain her attention.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :So far, their new peace process is sauntering along at a casual pace.

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seraphic

seraphic [ si-RAF-ik ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. pure or angelic
2. of or pertaining to an angel or seraphUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Her seraphic appearance fooled everyone.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :In response I gave a smile of seraphic serenity.
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