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Gamut [ Gam-uh' t ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a complete range of anything
2. the entire range of recognized musical notesUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :As Head of marketing, he had to be knowledgeable about the entire gamut of marketing activities conducted by his company.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :There are 11 nominees, whose finely nuanced performances run the full gamut from comedy to tragedy.


Inculpate [ in-KUHL-peyt, IN-kuhl-peyt ][ verb ]MEANING :to accuse; charge with fault; blame; incriminateUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :To wrongly inculpate a man for murder is a serious offence in itself.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :It is intriguing to speculate who hates Patrick so much that they have amassed evidence which appears to inculpate him as a paedophile.


Puerile [ PYOO-er-il, -uh’-rahyl, PYOO’ R-il, -ahyl ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. juvenile; of or relating to a child or childhood
2. childish; immature; trivialUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The student's puerile arguments infuriated the professor.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :One year after the country took a dark turn into state control and an unpleasant, puerile attitude to other people's business. Or is it one year into a brave new world where the country became fitter, healthier and more civilised?


Anosmia [ an-OZ-mee-uh', -OS- ][ noun ]MEANING :loss or absence of the sense of smellUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Certain intranasal gels marketed as remedies for the common cold can also be a cause of anosmia.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The likelihood of recovery from anosmia depends on what has caused it, as well as any treatment. 


Demure [ di-MYOO' R ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. reserved or modest in manner or behaviour
2. coy; affected shyness or modestyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Her demure manner endeared her to her elders.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The leading lady is usually demure and innocent and will wear a calf-length or full-length dress.


Cortege [ kawr-TEZH, -TEYZH ][ noun ]MEANING :a train of attendantsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The cortege of the dead leader attracted a huge number of onlookers.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :An ancient ritual, the cap horse was used in Lincoln's funeral but most famously in Kennedy's cortege, where the handsome, spirited Black Jack, a gelding Morgan and quarter horse cross, seemed representative of the slain President's vigor.


coquette [ koh-KET ][ noun ]MEANING :a woman who is flirtatiousUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Her reputation for being a coquette did not endear her to her women colleagues.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :She's flirtatious in her outrage: a stand-up coquette.


leer [ leer ][ noun ]MEANING :a sidelong look that indicates sly and malicious intentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The young girl wearing a micro-mini dress and walking with a provocative gait made onlookers leer.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Most impressively, he won a role of a lifetime as The Joker, complete with a lipstick-smeared leer, in The Dark Knight, this summer's highly anticipated follow-up to 2005's Batman Begins.


Guffaw [ guh'-FAW, guh'- ][ noun, verb ]MEANING :(n.) a loud and boisterous burst of laughter
(v.) to laugh loudly and boisterouslyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The sanctimonious speeches delivered by politicians on the eve of any election makes one guffaw.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :It makes you guffaw and it reminds you of how terribly slothful music has become.


Diabolic [ dahy-uh'-BOL-ik ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. cruelly wicked or evil; fiendish
2. of or like the devil; satanicUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The diabolic deeds of the Nazis during world war II is a matter of deep shame for most present day Germans .
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Overwhelmed, Austrians will not find words strong enough to convey the monstrous and diabolic history which has played out in secret for three decades at Amstetten.

De facto

De facto [ dee FAK-toh, dey ][ adjective, adverb ]MEANING :1. (adv.) actually existing with or without legal authority
2. (adj.) in fact or in realityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The LOC or Line of control is effectively the de facto border in Kashmir.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Pakistani police have fired shots in the air and tear gas shells to disperse angry Kashmiris as a crossing on the region's de facto border was opened.


Gainsay [ GEYN-sey, geyn-SEY ][ verb ]MEANING :to deny or contradictUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :It would be difficult to gainsay the economic policies enunciated by such stalwarts as Dr. Manmohan Singh and P. Chidambaram.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :They included mandatory jail terms for persistent burglars and drug dealers, something the judiciary opposed but which Labour, recognising the popularity of a tough stand on crime, could not gainsay.


Lambent [ LAM-buh’ nt ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. flickering lightly over or on a surface
2. giving off a gentle glow
3. effortlessly brilliantUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The lambent light over the surface of the water warned me that a vessel was approaching.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :His lambent instrumentals seem to tap deep into some genetic memory - disquietly nostalgic pieces which draw from hundreds of years of folk, blues, the Old West, Asia and everywhere.


Paucity [ PAW-si-tee ][ noun ]MEANING :Smallness or scarcity of quantityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The paucity of evidence against the accused meant that the court could not succeed in convicting him.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Archaeologists emphasize cultural development, while anthropologists are more hip to genes and favor genetic interpretation. Wade naturally favors genes, though he admits the paucity of evidence.


Jejune [  ji-JOON ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. lacking interest or importance; dull
2. having little or no nutritive value
3. childish; immatureUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The jejune novel did not hold my interest.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Will audiences follow him, cheering the implicit detonation of America's institutions? Or will they find it all a bit ... jejune?


Penchant [ PEN-chuh’ nt; Fr. Pahn*-SHAHN* ][ noun ]MEANING :A strong liking or inclinationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He has a penchant for the MTV rock star look- faded jeans, leather jackets and streaked blond hair.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Derek Morris is a 64-year-old former accountant from Bristol with a penchant for cardigans and long subsidised bus journeys.


Excoriate [ ik-skawr-ee-eyt, -skohr- ][ verb ]MEANING :To condemn, criticize harshlyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The worst thing for a primary school teacher would be to excoriate a pupil and probably scar him for life.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The worst thing, by contrast, is simply to excoriate your opponents while carrying on as before.

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