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Advent  [  AD-vent  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the arrival or coming 2. the period before Christmas, that includes four Sundays preceding it, which is considered by Christians as a time to pray and fast 3. the coming or birth of Jesus Christ at the incarnation   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The advent of the information age was welcomed by the developing world.


Incognito  [  in-kog-NEE-toh  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) with a disguise or having one's identity hidden 2. (n.) a person who has his identity concealed 3. (n.) the state of being in disguise   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The celebrity said that she travelled incognito to avoid being mobbed by fans.


Sedition  [  si-DISH-uh’ n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   rebellion or incitement against an authority or a government   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was arrested on charges of sedition.


Somber  [  SOM-ber  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. dim, gloomy or dull 2. having a dark hue or colour 3. dismal, melancholic or despondent 4. grim, grave or solemn   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His somber expression indicated that the operation had been unsuccessful.


Cohorts  [  KOH-hawrt  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a group of people or a company of soldiers 2. an associate 3. an accomplice   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The bandit and his cohorts were captured by the police.


Vindicate  [  VIN-di-keyt  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to free or clear from accusations and criticism 2. to justify, confirm, substantiate or support 3. to avenge or exact revenge 4. to maintain, insist or defend   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was vindicated when he won the trial.


Indulgent  [  in-DUHL-juh'nt  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   easy-going, kindly tolerant   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He had to curtail his indulgent behaviour during those hard times.


Vibrant [ ˈvʌɪbr(ə)nt] MEANING: Full of energy and life Quivering; pulsating: Usage Example 1: a huge room decorated in vibrant blues and greens Wishing all our patrons a very happy holi!


Platitude  [  PLAT-i-tood, -tyood  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a banal or stale comment or remark 2. insipid or dull   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Her platitudes only served to raise his temper.


Cession  [  SESH-uh' n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. an act of surrendering, yielding or giving up 2. one or something that is given up or surrendered   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The cession by the troops stunned the General.


Panache  [  puh’-NASH, -NAHSH  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. flair, style or flamboyance 2. a tuft or plume of tassels or feathers esp. on a cap or helmet a pendentive's surface (in architecture)   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The count had panache which attracted people from different walks of life.


Wizened  [  WIZ-uh'nd; WEE-zuh'nd  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   shrivelled, withered or dried up   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The wizened look did not belong on a young face.


Volition  [  voh-LISH-uh'n, vuh'-  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. an instance or act or choosing, willing or making a decision 2. a decision or choice made according to one's own will 3. the faculty or power to choose, make a decision or determine   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She chose to gamble her money by her own volition.


Wane  [  weyn  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr.v.) to gradually diminish or reduce in size, intensity or strength 2. (int.v.) to draw closer to an end 3. (intr.v.) to gradually reduce the moon's illuminated portion in intensity and size 4. (n.) an instance of gruel diminishing or dwindling 5. (n.) a period or phase of gradual decline   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The moon waned as the days flew by but there was no message from him.


Zephyr  [  ZEF-er  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a mild breeze blowing from the west 2. one that is insubstantial, temporary or airy 3. a soft and light fabric, cloth or yarn   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The clouds were blown inland by a zephyr.


Revile  [  ri-VAHYL  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to scold or rebuke using offensive language 2. (intr.v.) to insult by means of abusive language   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The main accusation against the soldiers was that they reviled the prisoners of war.


Vacuous  [  VAK-yoo-uh's  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. devoid of or lacking matter or contents 2. stupid, inane or deficient in ideas and intelligence 3. vacant or lacking expression 4. idle or lacking purpose   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His vacuous expression convinced people that he was a dull person.


Nonplus  [  non-PLUHS, NON-pluhs  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a state or condition of perplexity and confusion 2. (tr.v.) to bewilder, puzzle, perplex, confuse or put at a loss for words   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His constant expression of nonplus was annoying to his colleagues.


Vicissitude  [  vi-SIS-i-tood, -tyood  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. variation, change or mutation 2. alternation or a successive change 3. an unexpected change that could occur in one's life   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The vicissitude seen in the cells alarmed the scientists.


Blanch  [  blanch, blahnch  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to whiten or bleach 2. (tr.v.) to make pale or devoid of colour 3. (tr.v.) to scald in order to remove skin or prepare for freezing 4. (intr.v.) to turn or become pale or white   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   They blanched the cloth to suit their needs.


Effusive  [  i-FYOO-siv  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. extremely demonstrative, expressive or lacking restraint when showing emotions 2. overflowing, profuse esp. pertaining to flow of lava   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His effusive demeanour angered people.


Ravage  [  RAV-ij  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to devastate or bring heavy destruction upon 2. (tr. v.) to wreak havoc upon 3. (tr. v.) to plunder 4. (intr. v.) to cause destruction 5. (n.) serious damage 6. (n.) the act of plundering   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The village and crops were ravaged by the storm.


Arable  [  AR-uh'-buh' l  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) cultivable, fit to grow crops or capable of being used for farming 2. (n.) land that is fit for agriculture   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The arable land was not for sale.


Circumscribe  [  SUR-kuh' m-skrahyb, sur-kuh' m-SKRAHYB  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to confine, constrict or limit carefully 2. to encompass or encircle 3. to define, mark or set the limits of something   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The planting of mango trees was circumscribed to the area surrounding the village.

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