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Menial [ MEE-nee-uh’ l, MEEN-yuh’ l ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) degrading, low, servile or submissive
2. (adj.) pertaining to or characteristic of slaves or servants
3. (n.) a domestic slave or servant
4. (n.) a submissive or servile personUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Menial labour, unfortunately, is looked down upon and does not carry the same respect as other jobs.


Omniscient [ om-NISH-uh'nt ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) having complete knowledge and understanding
2. (adj.) perceiving all things
3. (n.) GodUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Many people believe that there is a Creator or omniscient being.

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Cogent [ KOH-juh’ nt ][ adjective ]MEANING :believable, valid or convincingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He did not have a cogent explanation about his whereabouts.


Deterrent [ dih-TUR-uh'nt ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) serving to restrain or curb
2. (adj.) tending to discourage
3. (n.) an act that discourages attack
2. (n.) a restraining measureUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The warden said that fear of retribution does have a deterrent effect on the criminal mind.


ephemeral [ ih-FEM-er-uh'l  ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) short-lived or transitory
2. (adj.) lasting but one day
3. (adj.) lasting only for a very short time
4. (n.) anything short-livedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :It was a cynic who said that everything about life was ephemeral except death.


Skirmish [ SKUR-mish ][ noun, intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a fight between troops
2. (n.) any brisk dispute or encounter
3. (intr. v.) to engage in a fight or conflictUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The police had to intervene as the skirmish among the fans was getting out of hand.


Abominable [ uh'-BOM-uh'-nuh'-buh'l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. detestable or loathsome
2. very unpleasant, hateful or disagreeableUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :They complained in vain about the abominable living conditions at the refugee camp.


Cascade [ kas-KEYD ][ noun, verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a waterfall or a series of waterfalls descending over a steep, rocky surface
2. (n.) a succession of stages, processes, operations, or units
3. (n.) like a waterfall
4. (n.) an arrangement of a lightweight fabric in folds falling one over another at random
5. (tr. v.) to cause to descend like a waterfall
6. (intr. v.) to fall in a steady flowUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The tour leader stopped bus so that the tourists could take photographs of the beautiful cascade.

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