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Pantomime  [  PAN-tuh’-mahym  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) the art of making gestures without uttering any words 2. (n.) a dramatic performance involving making gestures without uttering sounds 3. (n.) an actor performing such an act 4. (tr.v.) to express oneself by means of actions or gestures 5. (intr.v.) to express oneself without any verbal utterances by just using gestures or actions   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Pantomimes are often performed on street corners on weekends.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   An exhibition celebrating decades of Scottish pantomime is opening its nationwide tour in Edinburgh.


Debunk  [  di-BUHNGK   ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to expose the exaggerated claims of 2. to ridicule the falseness of a claim or sentiment 3. to show to be false or pretentious   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He debunked the predictions of the soothsayer by simple arguments.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   The discovery of this "watery world" helps debunk the notion that Earth-like planets could form only in conditions similar to those in our solar system.


Retaliate  [  ri-TAL-ee-eyt  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to return or repay esp. something evil with something evil 2. (intr.v.)to exact revenge or reciprocate evil with evil   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The union leader retaliated by asking the mill workers to go on strike.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   The cross-border developments came as North Korea said it would retaliate if a "satellite" launch from its northeastern coast were intercepted, with the communist nation saying interference would "mean a war."


Transient  [  TRAN-shuh'nt, -zhuh'nt, -zee-uh'nt  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) transitory, temporary or not everlasting 2. (adj.) in existence for only a brief period of time 3. (n.) one that is temporary or transient in nature   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His doctor said that this was a transient phase in his life.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   The only side-effect that has been noted so far is a transient fever that can be treated with over-the-counter medicines.

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