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Peccadillo  [  pek-uh’-DIL-oh  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   an insignificant or trivial sin, flaw or mistake   USAGE 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 refinement   USAGE 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 pressure   USAGE 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 words   USAGE 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 old-fashioned or out of date   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   A dowdy image often results in a poor first impression.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. infernal   USAGE 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 tract   USAGE 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 shoot   USAGE 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 imitate   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Counterfeit notes were found by the police.


Kismet  [  ˈkɪzmɛt  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   destiny, fate   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   What chance did I stand against kismet? Wishing all our patrons a Happy Independence Day !


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 bodies   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The quintessence of the story was lost in translation.


Curtail  [  ker-TEYL  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   to shorten, reduce, diminish or abridge   USAGE 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 alias   USAGE 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 alias   USAGE 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 detail   USAGE 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 God   USAGE 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 quadruped   USAGE 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 established   USAGE 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 language   USAGE 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 emissary   USAGE 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 tolerating   USAGE 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. suspicion   USAGE 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.) unintentionally   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Despite the firmness of his resolution to avoid drinking, his footsteps inadvertently led him to the bar.

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