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Idée fixe

Idée fixe  [  ee-dey FEEKS  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   an idea that one has entertained for a long time; a fixed idea; obsession   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The British psychedelic band Pink Floyd's idee fixe of incorporating technology in music was considered ahead of its time.


Armada  [  ahr-MAH-duh'  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a fleet of warships 2. a fleet of vehicles   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   An armada of trucks laden with cargo was on its way to the port.


Eschew  [  es-CHOO  ]   [  verb  ]   MEANING :   to avoid or keep away from, esp. from wrongdoings or evil; to shun   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   All religions advise their people to eschew wickedness and evil from their daily lives.


Anguish  [  ANG-gwish  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) intense suffering or pain 2. (tr.v.) to inflict with or cause distress or extreme pain 3. (intr.v.) to suffer from or endure intense sorrow or pain   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The mental anguish suffered by the POWs continued even after their release.


Advert  [  ad-VURT   ]   [  intransitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to direct attention 2. focus on   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   After a brief introduction, the Chairman adverted to the main topic of recession and its effect on the company's profitability.


Uxorious  [  uhk-SAWR-ee-uh's  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. affectionately submissive toward one's wife 2. foolishly doting upon one's wife 3. characterized by excess devotion to one's wife   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The uxorious husband refused to believe that his wife was anything but perfect in spite of the complaints from the neighbours.


Paroxysm  [  PAR-uh’ k-siz-uh ’m  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a sudden fit, outburst or spasm of action or emotion 2. an attack, intensification or recurrence of a certain disease   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   People thought him to be weird because of his fits of paroxysms.


Amalgamate  [  uh'-MAL-guh'-meyt  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to mix, combine or blend together 2. (tr.v.) to mix with mercury 3. (intr.v.) to coalesce, merge or unite   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   All data has to be amalgamated, then studied, to reach a valid conclusion.


Chaperon  [  SHAP-uh'-rohn  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to accompany for the sake of propriety 2. (intr. v.) to act as an escort or guardian in public 3.(n.) an older woman, who, accompanies a young unmarried woman in public or to a party of young unmarried men and women for the sake of propriety 4. (n.) an adult present in order to maintain propriety at an activity of young people 5. (n.) a 15th. century round headdress of cloth with streamers hanging down   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She attended the May Queen ball chaperoned by her aunt.


Wean  [  ween  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to accustom a young mammal to take its nourishment from means other than its mother's milk 2. to cause to get detached from a habit or source of one's attachment   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Babies are weaned at nine months.


Liturgy  [  LIT-er-jee  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   the prescribed set forms of rituals for public religious worship   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The elaborate liturgy in Hindu festivals can be intimidating if one is not accustomed to them.


Sublime  [  suh'-BLAHYM  ]   [  noun, verb, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) absolute or sheer 2. (adj.) high or grand in thought 3. (adj.) stir the mind with a sense of grandeur 4. (n.) the quality of the greatest 5. to convert a solid into vapour by heating   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The young executive impressed everyone at the meeting with his sublime acumen and knowledge of the intricacies of the management process.


Brunt  [  bruhnt  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : 1. the main force of a blow 2. most of the impact of 3. the burden of USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The back section of the fort bore the brunt of the attack indicating that the invaders had used divertive tactics.


Tamper  [  TAM-per  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr. v.) to interfere with 2. (intr. v.) to falsify by making changes 3. (intr. v.) to influence by illegal dealings 4. (tr. v.) to change improperly   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The accused had tampered with the evidence.


Deranged  [  di-REYNJD  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. insane, mad or mentally disturbed 2. disordered, disarranged or unbalanced   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The deranged lady was admitted to the mental asylum so that she would not harm herself or others.


Libertine  [  LIB-er-teen, -tin  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a person who lives without moral restraint 2. a person who is a freethinker   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Feudal, conservative societies offer no place to a libertine.


Synopsis  [  si-NOP-sis  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a condensed statement on a topic 2. a summary or a brief version   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   All the students were told to write a synopsis of the lecture and submit it the following day.


Condign  [  kuh n-DAHYN  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   appropriate; well-deserved   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The death penalty would be the most condign punishment for somebody who commits a cold-blooded murder.

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