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Atone  [  uh'-TOHN  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr. v.) to make amends or appease 2. (tr. v.) to expiate or to suffer or do penance for doing wrong   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He begged to be given an opportunity so that he could atone for his sins.


Divulge  [  di-VUHLJ, dahy-  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to reveal or make known 2. (archaic) to proclaim   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Information divulged without the presence of a defence lawyer cannot be used as evidence.


Adventitious  [  ad-vuh' n-TISH-uh' s  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. accidental, extrinsic or not inherent 2. appearing or developing in unusual places   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Her adventitious inclusion into the group turned to be blessing in disguise.


Odyssey  [  OD-uh’-see  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a long adventurous trip 2. an intellectual or spiritual quest   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   David Livingstone's odyssey into the heart of Africa is a story that every school boy knows.


Quidnunc  [  KWID-nuhngk  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : A person who is nosy and inquisitive USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : My room mate is an inveterate quidnunc. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : Let a mutual friend introduce to him a stranger, and the quidnunc rides impatiently over the first sentence of salutation.


Miscreant  [  MIS-kree-uh'nt  ] [  noun, adjective  ] MEANING : 1. (n.) a villain 2. (n.) a depraved person 3. (adj.) villainous or depraved USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The miscreants stoned the shop and made off after breaking the glass showcase.


Euthanasia  [  yoo-thuh’-NEY- zhuh’, -zhee-uh’, -zee-uh’  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   mercy killing or painless death by means of medicines given to hopelessly sick individuals in order to give them respite from their suffering   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Euthanasia has been banned in many countries.


Dote  [  doht  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to love or be extremely fond of 2. to be foolish or exhibit mental decline due to old age   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   They were doted on by the entire family.


Incoherent  [  in-koh-HEER-uh'nt   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. without being logical, meaningful or sensible 2. disjointed, rambling, confusing or unable to express one's thoughts in a clear, orderly manner 3. uncoordinated, different or incompatible by nature 4. lacking harmony or unity of parts   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   No one could figure out what had happened as the lone survivor of the car crash provided incoherent responses to the queries put to her.


Necropolis  [  nuh'-KROP-uh’- lis, ne-  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   a cemetery, especially which is large and belongs to an ancient city   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Some historians are of the view that Stonehenge is the site of a vast necropolis.


Maladroit  [  mal-uh’-DROIT  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   inept; bungling; lacking adroitness; clumsy   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Russia handled the confrontation with Chechnya in a most maladroit way.


Behemoth  [  bi-HEE-muhth  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. anything which is huge and powerful 2. a very large animal   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The Boeing 797 which is purported to be the behemoth of the skies will be able to carry 1000 passengers.


Anomalous  [  uh'-NOM-uh'-luh's   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. inconsistent with the rules 2. not fitting into a common classification 3. irregular or inconsistent   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The scientists were unable to fathom the anomalous results since the procedure and conditions remained the same throughout the series of experiments.


Empirical  [  em-PIR-i-kuh’ l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. derived from experience or by observation 2. verifiable by experiment 3. based on observation and experience only   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   All hypotheses need to be supported by empirical data.


Entice  [  en-TAHYS  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   to allure, tempt or attract by exciting hope   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The offer of a special discount enticed her to join the club. Happy Valentine's Day to our patrons!


Raspy  [  RAS-pee, RAH-spee   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. rough, grating or hash 2. irritable or easily annoyed   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The children were scared of the old man because of his raspy voice.


Philatelist  [  fi-LAT-l-ist   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. one who is a collector and student of postage stamps 2. one who accumulates and studies stamps   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He said that he was not really a philatelist and that the collection of rare stamps had been gifted to him by his grandfather.


Nirvana  [  nir-VAH-nuh'  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a state characterized by freedom from pain, troubles and worries of the external world 2. salvation through the union of Atman with Brahma 3. an ideal condition of unworldly happiness or heavenly state   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He said that nirvana was unattainable but there were others in his class who believed otherwise.


Legacy  [  LEG-uh'-see  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) heritage 2. (n.) money or property left for another by a will 3.(adj.) Relating to computer periphery or data that is outmoded.   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   After his death, the legacy was passed on to his two children.


Awry  [  uh'-RAHY  ]   [  adjective, adverb  ]   MEANING :   1. (adv.) in a position that is twisted toward one side 2. (adv.) away from the proper course 3. (adj.) with a sidewards twist or askew 4. (adj.) amiss   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The sudden gust of wind blew the girl's neatly combed hair all awry.


Ineptitude  [  in-EP-ti-tood, -tyood, i-NEP-   ] [  noun  ] MEANING : the quality of being unskilful USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : His ineptitude became apparent from the poor quality of his work.


Culpable  [  KUHL-puh'-buh'l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. deserving censure 2. blameworthy   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His lawyer's argument that he had not realize his act could be construed as a crime did not save him from the charge of culpable ignorance.


Inferno  [  in-FUR-noh  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. an intense fire 2. hell like   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The inferno burnt away all their precious belongings and memories.


Maim  [  meym  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to impair or render defective 2. (tr.v.) to mutilate, injure or batter 3. (n.) an injury or impairment 4. (n.) defect or blemish   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The prototype was maimed as the quality assurance tests completely failed.


Solace  [  SOL-is  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to comfort someone or cheer someone up 2. (tr.v.) to allay or relieve someone of their misery or grief 3. (n.) comfort, alleviation or consolation 4. (n.) a source of alleviation, comfort or consolation   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She solaced the grieving widow by offering words of comfort.


Muster  [  MUHS-ter  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to summon, gather, call upon or assemble 2. (intr.v.) to assemble, collect, gather or come together 3. (n.) a gathering, assembling or collection 4. (n.) a roll, inventory or list   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He mustered courage and fell into the thick of the battle field.


Contention  [  kuh'n-TEN-shuh'n   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the act of striving in opposition 2. a competition or contest 3. an assertion or an affirmation put forward in an argument   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Having survived the round-robin stage and the semi-finals, the two teams were now in fierce contention to win the prestigious trophy.


Heyday  [  HEY-dey  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the stage of greatest achievement in one's life 2. prime 3. the period of greatest strength, popularity or success in one's life   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He boasted that he won the inter-state middle-weight boxing championship in his heyday.

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