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Limpid  [  LIM-pid  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. transparent, crystal clear 2. lucid and simple 3. calm, serene or free of stress USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The limpid pool offered a clear view of the moss-covered bed.


Fluke  [  flook   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a stroke of good fortune 2. a triangular blade that is at the end of an anchor's arm and is designed to catch in the ground 3. a flatfish   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She had not studied and therefore everyone believed she passed only by fluke.


Placid  [  PLAS-id  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. peaceful, tranquil or serene 2. complacent   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His placid nature seemed to calm the frenzied crowd.


Excision  [   ek-SIZH-uh' n, ik-   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. an act, process or instance of removal 2. abscission or surgical removal   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was terrified as the operation required an excision and 22 stitches.


Domicile  [  DOM-uh'-sahyl  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) home or residence 2. (n.) a person's legal place of residence 3. (tr. v.) to set up in residence 4. (tr. v.) to set up with a temporary place to reside 5. (intr. v.) to dwell or reside   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His domicile was a beautiful estate in the south of France.


Futile  [  FYOOT-l, FYOO-tahyl  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. unsuccessful or incapable of producing any result 2. frivolous or unimportant 3. ineffective or useless   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was so securely bound that struggling seemed futile.


Febrile  [  FEE-brahyl, FEE-bruh' l, FEB-ruh' l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. feverish or pertaining to, caused by or marked by fever 2. hysterical or delirious   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His febrile state was the cause of great concern.


Emblazon  [  em-BLEY-zuh' n  ] [  transitive verb  ] MEANING : 1. to adorn, decorate or inscribe with prominent or heraldic bearings 2. to decorate or display with brilliant or bright colours 3. to extol, celebrate, praise or make illustrious USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The entrance to the castle was emblazoned by the royal coat of arms.


Nascent  [  NAS-uh’ nt, NEY-suh’ nt  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   having recently developed or emerged   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The nascent policy is being hailed as an important one.


Explicate  [  EK-spli-keyt  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to explain or make clear the meaning of 2. to develop   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   You should have paid attention when the professor explicated the differences between relativity and the quantum theory. Happy Independence Day!


Explicate  [  EK-spli-keyt  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to explain or make clear the meaning of 2. to develop   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   You should have paid attention when the professor explicated the differences between relativity and the quantum theory.


Plethora  [  PLETH-er-uh’  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a very large amount, superfluity or over abundance 2. an abnormality which is characterized by excessive blood in the circulatory system or in some organ or area of it   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was an enigmatic man with a plethora of achievements.


Myriad  [  MIR-ee-uh’ d  ] [  noun, adjective  ] MEANING : 1. (n.) an enormous or incalculable number 2. (n.) (archaic) ten thousand 3. (adj.) incalculable, indefinite or innumerable 4. (adj.) multifaceted USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The myriad number of stars in the sky continued to twinkle brightly.


Infirmity  [  in-FUR-mi-tee  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. frailty or feebleness 2. foible or moral failing 3. ailment or malady   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Infirmity is one of the disadvantages of old age.


Touchstone  [  TUHCH-stohn  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1.(n.) a criterion, test or standard to measure quality or genuineness 2. (n.) a black, siliceous stone that was priorly used to test the purity of gold 3. (adj.) basis or a quintessential or an important feature   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The checks failed as none of the important touchstones were achieved.


Sunder  [  SUHN-der  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to severe, split or divide 2. (intr.v.) to sever, divide, split or part 3. (n.) division, split or separation   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   At the end of the ceremony, the priest said, "May no man sunder what God has put together".


Putative  [  PYOO-tuh-tiv  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   reputed, supposed or generally deemed as such   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The putative crime-lord did not tolerate a decline in the weekly profits.


Purgatory  [  PUR-guh’-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) (roman catholic church) a place or condition in which the people who have died in god's grace suffer and expatiate their sins 2. (n.) any state or place in which punishment, expatiation and suffering are temporary 3. (n.) limbo, hell or netherworld 4. (adj.) tending or serving to expatiate or cleanse   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He feared ending up in purgatory as a result of his misdeeds.


Quarry  [  KWAWR-ee, KWOR-ee  ] [  noun, transitive verb  ] MEANING : 1. (n.) prey or game 2. (n.) an open excavation pit to obtain stone by blasting or digging 3. (n.) an object being pursued 4. (tr.v.) to excavate stone from a quarry USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : His indecisiveness caused his quarry to escape.


Suffuse  [  suh'-FYOOZ  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   to overspread, fill or infuse with colour, light or liquid   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He flicked the switch and suffused the room with light.


Purview  [  PUR-vyoo  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the extent, range or scope of authority, intention, concern or competence 2. the scope or range of vision or understanding 3. the scope or purpose of a statute or document   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The magistrate could not punish the offenders as the crime was committed beyond his judicial purview.


Reek  [  reek  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) an unpleasant or foul odour 2. (n.) fog, smoke or steam 3. (intr.v.) to emanate, give off or exude strong, unpleasant odours 4. (intr.v.) to give off steam, fumes or smoke 5. (tr.v.) to give off or exude   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The reek caused by the leak in the drainage pipes was unbearable.


Realm  [  relm  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a kingdom 2. a domain, area or sphere 3. a particular field or province of something or someone   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The king was said to have ruled wisely over his realm.

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