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Feud  [  fyood   ]   [  noun, intransitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a blood feud or bitter, mutual enmity over generations between two clans or families 2. (intr.v.) to engage in or perpetuate a feud   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The bloody feud had been ongoing for a century. 


Guile  [  gahyl   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   craftiness, stratagem, duplicity or deviousness   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The conman was finally apprehended despite his guile and boldness.


Unwitting  [  uhn-WIT-ing  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. unintentional 2. unaware   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The thief managed to escape with a little unwitting help from the guard.


Unconscionable  [  uhn-KON-shuh’ -nuh’-buh’l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. not bound by conscience; unscrupulous 2. beyond reason; excessive   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He lost his job as public relations officer because of his unconscionable conduct.


Juvenile  [  JOO-vuh’-nl, -nahyl  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) immature, childish or young 2.(adj.) under-developed 3. (adj.) pertaining to or of children 4. (n.) a child or youth 5. (n.) a book meant for children   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   At the initiation program the Dean informed the students that juvenile behaviour would not be tolerated in the college.


Garble  [  GAHR-buh'l   ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to jumble, scramble or mix up ignorantly 2. (tr.v.) to distort so as to misrepresent 3. (n.) an instance or act of garbling   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The competitor's data had been garbled by the spy planted in his organization.


Fidelity  [  fi-DEL-i-tee, fahy-   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. faithfulness or devotion to one's duty 2. exactness or accuracy 3. loyalty 4. accuracy with which an input signal is reproduced by an electronic system   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His fidelity to his wife was questioned during the started divorce proceedings.


Deferential  [  dif-uh’-REN- shuh’ l   ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : respectful, courteous, obedient or reverential USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The teacher praised the deferential student and asked the other students to follow his example.


Figurehead  [  FIG-yer-hed   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. one who is only a nominal or titular head 2. a figure that has been carved on the bow of a ship that is sailing   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was elected to power but only as a figurehead.


Gaucherie  [  goh-shuh'-REE; Fr. gohsh-uh-*REE   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. tactlessness or awkwardness 2. a blooper, faux pas or blunder   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The gaucherie of the captain was likened to that of a village idiot.


Ensign  [  EN-sahyn; Mil. EN-suh’ n   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a flag flown by a ship to indicate nationality 2. sign or emblem 3. an officer in the us navy who has the lowest rank   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   They would raise the ensign at dawn and lower it before dusk.


Umbrageous  [  uhm-BREY-juh’s   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. creating or affording shade 2. likely to take offence, irritable   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The weary traveller rested under an umbrageous tree which provided him with shelter from the blazing sun.


Forestall  [  fohr-STAWL, fawr-   ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to prevent, hinder, obstruct, thwart or delay 2. to anticipate or deal with beforehand 3. to buy goods in advance so as to increase the price when reselling   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The building secretary could not forestall the renovation by making trivial complaints to the municipal corporation.


Forge  [  fawrj, fohrj   ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) furnace, hearth or smithy to wrought metal 2. (tr.v.) to give a shape by heating and then hammering 3. (tr.v.) to fashion or counterfeit 4. (intr.v.) to commit forgery 5. (intr.v.) to work at a forge   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The blacksmith lit the forge and prepared his instruments to begin work for the day.


Karaoke  [  kar-ee-OH-kee  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   an act where a person sings along a music video with the lyrics of the song being displayed on a screen   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She took up karaoke to overcome her stage fright.


Baneful  [  BEYN-fuh'l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   deadly, harmful or baleful   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The villagers claimed that the accidents were caused by the baneful witch’s evil eye.


Coagulation  [  koh-AG-yuh’-ley- shuh’n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. congealing, clotting or the process of transformation from a liquid into a solid or gel by a succession of chemical reactions   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The autopsy revealed that the coagulation of blood in the arteries was caused by poison which was administered to the victim intravenously.


Jabber  [  JAB-er  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to utter or chatter rapidly and indistinctly 2. (n.) gibberish or non-sensical chatter   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The children jabbered away when the teacher stepped out of the classroom.


Cloture  [  KLOH-cher  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a procedure of the parliament in which the debate over an ongoing matter is closed and the matter is subjected to an immediate vote 2. (tr.v.) to apply cloture to   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Since consensus was unlikely despite an extended debate, a motion for cloture was adopted after a majority vote was obtained.


Katabatic  [  kat-uh’-BAT-ik  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   pertaining to wind currents blowing down a slope   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The village located in the valley bore the brunt of the icy katabatic winds.


Jamboree  [  jam-buh’-REE  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a noisy merry-making or celebration 2. an assembly esp. one of boy or girl scouts   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   A jamboree was held for the students after the final examinations were over.


Jocular  [  JOK-yuh’-ler  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. habitually jocund, humorous or playful 2. given to or characterised by joking   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The master of ceremonies opened the party with a jocular statement that set the trend for the evening.


Unmitigated  [  uh’n-MIT-i-gey- tid  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. not diminished or lessened 2. unqualified or absolute   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The accounts executive realised the unmitigated folly of trusting people only after many clients defaulted.


Bedizen  [  bi-DAHY-zuh’ n, -DIZ-uh’ n  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   to adorn, ornament or dress in a gaudy or showy manner   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She bedizened herself in the hope that she would be mistaken for a princess.


Juridical  [   joo’-RID-i-kuh’ l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. legal 2. pertaining or related to law and its administration   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The juridical council has the final say on all matters of controversy.

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