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Gamut  [  Gam-uh' t  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a complete range of anything 2. the entire range of recognized musical notes   USAGE 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; incriminate   USAGE 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; trivial   USAGE 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 smell   USAGE 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 modesty   USAGE 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 attendants   USAGE 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 flirtatious   USAGE 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 intent   USAGE 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 boisterously   USAGE 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; satanic   USAGE 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 reality   USAGE 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 contradict   USAGE 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 brilliant   USAGE 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 quantity   USAGE 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; immature   USAGE 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 inclination   USAGE 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 harshly   USAGE 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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