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denouement

denouement [ dey-noo-MAHN ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the final outcome, resolution or clarification esp. narrative or drama
2. the final result or outcome of a series or sequence of eventsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The denouement of the war was through a treaty.USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The most likely denouement now is that Nottinghamshire will do enough against Hampshire at Trent Bridge to win the silverware for the second time in four summers.

impasse

impasse [ IM-pas ] [ noun ]
MEANING : 
 1. a situation from which there is no escape
2. a deadlock
3. a standstill or stalemate
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The impasse between labour and management was unlikely to be resolved. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : But he said the United States "holds the key" to breaking the impasse, and could convince Iran to halt its nuclear fuel program by offering security guarantees or a resumption of diplomatic relations with Tehran.

embellish

embellish [ em-BEL-ish ] [ transitive verb ]
MEANING : 
1. to add fanciful or fictitious details to
2. to decorate or adorn
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He embellished data on his loan application.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : A CV is an advert; it is not a legal document, and as such it is not illegal to embellish it.

acrid

acrid [ AK-rid ] [ adjective ]
MEANING : 
1. bitterly pungent, irritating or stinging to inhale or taste
2. caustic, bitter or acrimonious
USAGE EXAMPLE 
1 : The detergent has an acrid smell.
USAGE EXAMPLE 
2 : Another eyewitness David Buik, who was watching the blaze from his offices in Canary Wharf, said the fire was producing acrid smoke.

preeminent

preeminent [ pree-EM-uh'-nuh'nt ] [ adjective ]
 MEANING :
1. outstanding or a cut above the others
2. superior to or better than
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
He is a preeminent actor and most of the new entrants into the profession try to emulate him.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : 
One of America's preeminent political power couples made a rare joint appearance Friday, when Bill and Hillary Clinton took the stage at the former president's Clinton Global Initiative conference.

aperture

aperture [ AP-er-cher ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a hole or opening
2. the adjustable opening in an optical instrumentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :When he peered through the aperture, he saw a strange world entirely different from the one in which he lived. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :Nasa used such an approach, called coded aperture imaging, for the Swift satellite that was sent aloft to spot gamma ray sources.

endearing

endearing [ en-DEER-ing ] [ adjective ]
MEANING : 
1. causing or inspiring to make well-liked or dear
2. manifesting affection
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Her most endearing quality was her helpful nature.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : The most endearing thing about Switzerland is that, away from the financial centres and the cities, Swiss life and Swiss people are unpretentious and uncomplicated.

exoneration

exoneration [ig-ZON-uh’-rey-shuh’n]
     [ noun ]
MEANING :
     1. vindication, clearing or justification from censure or blame
2. the condition of being relieved or freed
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     His exoneration was a matter of national debate.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Pakistan Cricket Board may face a tough time in its efforts to defend the exoneration of fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif in a doping offence

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Palpable

Palpable [ PAL-puh’-buh’ l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. able to be felt or touched
2. intense enough to be almost felt or touched; perceived with easeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The tension in the courtroom as the Judge delivered the verdict was palpable.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :That they have been proved wrong and that they are the authors of their own misfortune is palpable.
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