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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 sharpUSAGE 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 completedUSAGE 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 yearUSAGE 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 plumUSAGE 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 poetryUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His excuse for losing the elocution competition was that he had been given a prosaic topic.
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 stepsUSAGE 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.) bluntUSAGE 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 strandsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He wore a leather jacket decorated with tassels and metal studs.
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 voiceUSAGE 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 toUSAGE 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. separationUSAGE 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 stateUSAGE 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 reproductionUSAGE 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 extendedUSAGE 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 isolationUSAGE 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. lavishUSAGE 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 argumentationUSAGE 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 wayUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :We followed the trail until we came to a hill that ascended too steeply to climb without proper equipment.
Valiant [ VAL-yuh'nt ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) possessing courage 2. (adj.) marked by bravery 3. (n.) a courageous personUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The novel was about the crusades and the valiant battles that were fought by the knights.