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Obtuse  [   uh'b-TOOS, -TYOOS   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) dull, insensitive or lacking quickness or intellect 2. (adj.) (of an angle) measuring greater than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees 3. (adj.) blunt or not acute or sharp   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His obtuse suggestions weren't received very well during the meeting.


Premature  [  pree-muh'-CHOO'R  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. happening before its due time 2. Born before the gestation period is completed   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The premature birth of the twins concerned the doctors as the babies were underweight.


August  [  AW-guh'st  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) having great prominence and importance 2. (n.) the eighth month of the year   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   All the peasants bowed upon seeing the august personage of the king.


Prune  [  proon  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to cut off parts of a plant to improve its shape 2. (tr. v.) to cut back or reduce 3.(intr. v.) to remove what is unessential 4. (n.) a partially dried plum   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The gardener said that anyone could prune a rose bush provided they knew how.


Prosaic  [  proh-ZEY-ik  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. matter-of-fact or uninteresting 2. pertaining to or in the form of prose rather than poetry   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His excuse for losing the elocution competition was that he had been given a prosaic topic.


Morose  [   muh'-ROHS   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) sullen or gloomy 2. (adj.) characterised or marked by a gloomy or sullen disposition   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was too morose to do his work the other day.


Precepts  [  PREE-sept  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a commandment 2. a procedure to be adhered to as a rule   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The King expected all of his ministers to follow all the precepts laid down by him.


Stride  [  strahyd  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a long step when walking 2. (n.) a steady pace 3. (n.) a step towards progress 4. (tr. v.) to move with long steps 5. (tr. v.) to take a big step 6. (intr. v.) to move along or over with long steps   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He never seemed to tire as he walked with an easy stride.


Snub  [  snuhb  ]   [  noun, adjective, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) 1. to ignore or refuse to recognize 2. (tr. v.) to turn down with a sharp retort 3. (n.) a deliberate insult 4. (adj.) blunt   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The few innovative ideas put forth by the fresher were snubbed by his seniors.


Tassel  [  TAS-uh'l  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a pendant consisting of a bunch of chords or strands hanging down freely 2, (n. ) the hairlike strands at the tip of a stalk of corn 3. (tr. v.) to decorate with strands   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He wore a leather jacket decorated with tassels and metal studs.


Raffish  [  RAF-ish  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. cheaply vulgar 2. having a bad reputation   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The main actor of the street play was attired in a raffish, silk outfit.


Slur  [  slur  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to utter indistinctly 2. (tr. v.) to slander 3. (tr. v.) to not give proper consideration to 4. (n.) a slanderous remark 5. (n.) an unclear tone of voice   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   After imbibing three pegs of whiskey, he would slur and so nobody was able to understand what he said.


Supine  [  adj. soo-PAHYN; n. SOO-pahyn  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) lying on the back or lying face up 2. (adj.) inactive 3. (n.) the simple infinitive when a verb is preceded by to   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was relaxing by the pool in a supine posture.


Severance  [  SEV-er-uh'ns, SEV-ruh'ns  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the act of cutting off or chopping off 2. separation   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The king decreed that the severance of the traitor's head from his body be done by a guillotine.


Slack  [  slak  ] [  noun, adjective  ] MEANING : 1. (adj.) loose or weak 2. (adj.) slow or not brisk 3. (adj.) negligent 4. a loose state USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The staff would take advantage of the slack manager by having frequent breaks.


Propagation  [  prop-uh'-GEY- shuh'n   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the act of spreading 2. the increase in number by natural reproduction   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Some clerics who are concerned about the propagation of their faith encourage non-believers to embrace the faith.


Cosmic  [  KOZ-mik  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. pertaining to or characteristic of the cosmos 2. pertaining to the regions of the Universe outside the Earth 3. vast or infinitely extended   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The plot of the book revolved around the cosmic laws and how the protagonist used those very laws to outwit the villain and his cronies.


Recluse  [  REK-loos, ri-KLOOS  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) person who lives in isolation 2. (adj.) living in isolation 3. (adj.) pertaining to isolation   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Children were afraid of the recluse who lived in the cottage surrounded by overgrown hedges.


Profuse  [  pruh'-FYOOS  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. excessive 2. lavish   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   They trashed the unfortunate boy because they presumed that profuse sweating coupled with nervousness was a sign of guilt.


Sophistry  [  SOF-uh'-stree  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a tricky, seemingly plausible method of reasoning that is actually misleading 2. believable but fallacious argumentation   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The glib executive would indulge in sophistry to justify his actions.


Steeply  [  steep-lee  ]   [  adverb  ]   MEANING :   1. In the manner of a sharp incline 2. In a precipitous way   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   We followed the trail until we came to a hill that ascended too steeply to climb without proper equipment.


Sumptuous  [  SUHMP-choo-uh's  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. lavish or luxuriously grand   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The poor man asked for a morsel of food but was given a sumptuous meal instead.


Valiant  [  VAL-yuh'nt   ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) possessing courage 2. (adj.) marked by bravery 3. (n.) a courageous person   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The novel was about the crusades and the valiant battles that were fought by the knights.

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