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Peccadillo [ pek-uh’-DIL-oh ][ noun ]MEANING :an insignificant or trivial sin, flaw or mistakeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :It is unfortunate that Bill Clinton will always be remembered for his peccadilloes rather than his sterling leadership that helped in turning around the moribund American economy.


Rococo [ ruh’-KOH-koh, roh-kuh’-KOH ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) extremely ornate, elaborate, chic or complicated
2. (n.) a style of art that had originated in france around 1720 that was particularly characterised by its elaborate ornamentation and elegant refinementUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The rococo design of her penthouse was appreciated.


Impel [ im-PEL ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to propel, drive forward or impart motion to
2. to press on or cause to move onward
3. to incite or urge to action by the use of moral pressureUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He felt impelled to put an end to the gossip before an innocent person got maligned.


Verbiage [ VUR-bee-ij ][ noun ]MEANING :1. (n.) an excess of words used in speech or writing
2. (n.) The style of expressing oneself in wordsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The lecturer always resorted to fanciful verbiage when attempting to explain a point.


Dowdy [ DOU-dee ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. lacking in smartness or taste; shabby
2. old-fashioned or out of dateUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :A dowdy image often results in a poor first impression.


Nether [ NETH’ -er ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. lower, below or under
2. positioned below or under the surface of the earth
3. infernalUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Not much is known to us about the nether regions lying in the Earth's crust.


Resonant [ REZ-uh'-nuh'nt ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) echoing or resounding
2. (adj.) vibrant or deep in tone
3. (adj.) having an enduring effect
4. (adj.) reminiscent
5. (n.) a speech sound that is produced without turbulent airflow in the vocal tractUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The pastor got the wholehearted attention of the congregation because of his eloquently resonant voice.


Scion [ SAHY-uh'n ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an heir or descendant
2. a twig containing buds for grafting or a shootUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He claims to be the scion of a mafia Don.


Counterfeit [ KOUN-ter-fit ][ noun, adjective, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (adj.) unreal, forged or not genuine
2. (n.) a forgery or imitation
3. (tr.v.) to forge or fraudulently imitateUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Counterfeit notes were found by the police.


Kismet [ ˈkɪzmɛt ][ noun ]MEANING :destiny, fateUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :What chance did I stand against kismet?

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Wrangle [ RANG-guh'l ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) an altercation, fight, argument or dispute
2. (intr.v.) to dispute, bicker, argue or fight
3. (tr.v.) to win or obtain by means of fighting or bickering
4. (tr.v.) to herd or tend esp. cattle and horses.USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The wrangle between the men escalated into a fight.


Quintessence [ kwin-TES-uh’ ns ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the essence of a substance or thing that is in its purest form
2. an embodiment, representative or an instance in the most pure or perfect form
3. the fifth essence or element that in medieval history was believed to be latent in celestial or heavenly bodiesUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The quintessence of the story was lost in translation.


Curtail [ ker-TEYL ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :to shorten, reduce, diminish or abridgeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His activities were curtailed as a part of his punishment.


Pseudonym [ SOOD-n-im ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a pen name
2. a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity
3. a nickname or aliasUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :One of the employees wrote a letter to the manager criticizing the new policies being enforced by the company and signed it with a pseudonym.


Pseudonym [ SOOD-n-im ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a pen name
2. a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity
3. a nickname or aliasUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :One of the employees wrote a letter to the manager criticizing the new policies being enforced by the company and signed it with a pseudonym.


Cursory [ KUR-suh’-ree ][ adjective ]MEANING :superficially and hastily done with little attention to detailUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He spared a cursory glance at the actor as she did not particularly like his acting.


Blasphemy [ BLAS-fuh'-mee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. impious action or utterance concerning sacred things or God
2. irreverent behaviour toward anything that is held sacred or the act of cursing God
3. assuming to possess the qualities of GodUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :They accused him of blasphemy and wanted to stone him to death.


Stifle [ STAHY-fuh'l ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to crush or subdue
2. (tr. v.) to end by force or suppress
3. (tr. v.) to smother or kill by blocking respiration
4. (intr. v.) to become suffocated or to suffer from difficulty in breathing
5. (n.) the joint between the femur and the tibia in a quadrupedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The army was brought in to stifle the rebellious peasants.


Indeterminate [ in-di-TUR-muh'-nit ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) not definite or uncertain
2. (adj.) undecided or not establishedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The real estate agent said that the land had indeterminate value as most of it was reclaimed marshland.


Compile [ kuh'm-PAHYL ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to put together in a single book
2. to compose a book using material from various sources
3. to convert a program into machine languageUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He compiled a book on the natural resources of the earth.


Emissary [ EM-uh'-ser-ee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a representative who is sent on a mission
2. an agent who is sent on a secret mission
3. pertaining to an emissaryUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :In an effort to avoid bloodshed, emissaries were sent to the warlords to negotiate a peaceful settlement.


Leniency [ LEE-nee-uhn-see, LEEN-yuhn ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the quality or state of being merciful
2. the act of not being too harsh or strict
3. the act of toleratingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The judge said that their plea for leniency would be taken into consideration.


Misgivings [ mis-GIV-ings ][ noun ]MEANING :1. apprehension or a feeling of doubt
2. suspicionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His misgivings were baseless as the new employee was honest as well as hardworking.


Inadvertently [ in-uh'd-vur-tnt-lee ][ adverb ]MEANING :1. (adv.) unwittingly
2. (adv.) unintentionallyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Despite the firmness of his resolution to avoid drinking, his footsteps inadvertently led him to the bar.

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