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Prodigal

Prodigal  [  PROD-i-guh’ l  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) extravagance, a wasteful luxuriant or spendthrift 2. (adj.) extravagant, wasteful or lavish   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The prodigal heir to the Duchy of Brentword was famous for his debts.

Wrest

Wrest  [  rest  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to twist, jerk or force violently 2. (tr.v.) to forcefully usurp or take away 3. (tr.v.) to twist or distort one's meaning 4. (n.) a twist or wrench 5. (n.) (archaic) a small key that is used to wrench pins of a stringed instrument   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The crown and throne were wrested from him by a bloody coup.

Whimsical

Whimsical  [  HWIM-zi-kuh'l, WIM-  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. capricious, arbitrary or marked by whims and fanciful ideas 2. unpredictable or erratic   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His whimsical notions were ridiculed by society.

Viscid

Viscid  [  VIS-id  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. viscous, sticky or adhesive 2. (Botany) covered with a sticky substance   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Its viscid nature made it important for pharmaceutical research.

Succour

Succour  [  SUHK-er  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) relief, comfort, aid or assistance 2. (n.) one who aids, comforts or relieves 3. (tr.v.) to help, aid or assist   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Succour offered in monetary terms is not always welcome.

Seclusion

Seclusion  [  si-KLOO-zhuh’ n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the state, condition or act of being isolated or at solitude 2. a place that is isolated   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The seclusion rendered her demented.

Waylay

Waylay  [  WEY-ley, wey-LEY  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to lie in wait for and attack from ambush 2. to intercept or accost unexpectedly   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The terrorists waylaid the researcher as they tried to abduct him.

Tribunal

Tribunal  [  trahy-BYOON-l, tri-  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a court of law or justice 2. one that determines or judges 3. a position or seat of judgement   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   A tribunal was set up to find the truth in the matter.

Tarry

Tarry  [  TAR-ee  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr.v.) to loiter, linger or wait 2. (intr.v.) to stay, sojourn or 3. (tr.v.) (archaic) to await 4. (n.) a stay or sojourn   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   As long as they could, they tarried, but in the end they were asked to move along.

Redoubtable

Redoubtable  [  ri-DOU-tuh’-buh’ l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. alarming, formidable or arousing awe 2. eminent, illustrious or commanding respect   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The redoubtable Duke of Devonshire was a shrewd, strategic thinker.

Grievous

Grievous  [  GREE-vuh's   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. causing sorrow 2. atrocious or outrageous 3. onerous, burdensome or oppressive 4. grave or serious   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Because of the grievous negligence of the supervisor, a worker lost his hand in an accident. 

Remnant

Remnant  [  REM-nuh’ nt  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) remainder, residue or something that is left over 2. (n.) a vestige, fragment or trace 3. (n.) a small group of people who are still surviving 4. (n.) a piece of cloth or fabric that's unused 5. (adj.) left over or remaining   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The remnants of the battle of Trafalgar were horrifying.

Ferocity

Ferocity  [  fuh'-ROS-i-tee   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   fierceness, vehemence or savageness   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Her ferocity was compared to a lioness defending her cubs.

Espouse

Espouse  [  i-SPOUZ, i-SPOUS   ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to marry 2. to advocate or lend support to   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   They were espoused in a civil ceremony that was attended by a handful of people.

Apotheosis

Apotheosis  [  uh'-poth-ee-Oh- sis, ap-uh'-Thee-uh'-sis  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. deification or elevation or exaltation to a divine stature 2. quintessence, epitome or glorified example   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Their love story became the apotheosis for generations to come. 

Anguish

Anguish  [  ANG-gwish  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) intense suffering or pain 2. (tr.v.) to inflict with or cause distress or extreme pain 3. (intr.v.) to suffer from or endure intense sorrow or pain   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The mental anguish suffered by the POWs continued even after their release.

Wean

Wean  [  ween  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to accustom a young mammal to take its nourishment from means other than its mother's milk 2. to cause to get detached from a habit or source of one's attachment   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Babies are weaned at nine months.

Vassal

Vassal  [  VAS-uh'l  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) one who held land granted by a feudal lord in return for homage 2. (n.) a subject or slave 3. (adj.) pertaining to or characteristic of a slave or vassal   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Lord Ipensky was a faithful vassal.

Taper

Taper  [  TEY-per  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to get thinner or smaller towards the end 2. (intr.v.) to gradually reduce towards the end 3. (n.) the act of diminishing or tapering towards the end   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The edge of the sword had been tapered off so as to increase functionality

Quay

Quay  [  kee, key, kwey  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   a wharf, landing place or reinforced bank for ships to load and unload   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   A new quay had to be built to accommodate the increased maritime activity.

Yore

Yore  [  yawr, yohr  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   time past or long ago   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Facts of yore become fables of present.

Wont

Wont  [  wawnt, wohnt, wuhnt  ]   [  noun, adjective, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) used or accustomed 2. (adj.) apt, likely or inclined 3. (n.) habit or custom 4. (tr.v.) to habituate or accustom   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His wont behaviour of 'early to bed and early to rise' was regarded as the norm.

Temperate

Temperate  [  TEM-per-it, TEM-prit  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. moderate or self-restrained 2. not excessive or moderate in quality and degree 3. moderate in temperature or climate   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His temperate mannerisms made him an ideal candidate for the post.

Remiss

Remiss  [  ri-MIS  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. negligent, lax or careless 2. marked or characterized by negligence, slackness or carelessness   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The problem occurred because the employee was remiss in his duties.

Recumbent

Recumbent  [  ri-KUHM-buh’ nt  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) reclining, leaning or resting 2. (adj.) inactive, resting or idle 3. (n.) one who is idle or inactive   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The thief was fooled by the recumbent police officer into thinking that he could escape.

Stupor

Stupor  [  STOO-per, STYOO-  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a state when sensibility has been suspended or greatly diminished 2. stupefaction, lethargy, daze or apathy   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was brought out of his stupor by a kick to his shins.

Vulpine

Vulpine  [  VUHL-pahyn, -pin  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. like or resembling a fox 2. cunning, clever, foxy or crafty   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was disliked on account of his vulpine features consisting of a pointed chin and small, beady eyes set in a triangular face.

Venial

Venial  [  VEE-nee-uh'l, VEEN-yuh'l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. forgivable or pardonable 2. excusable, minor or slight 3. (roman catholic church) deserving temporal punishment   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The act was deemed venial by a unanimous jury.

Untenable

Untenable  [  uhn-TEN-uh'-buh'l   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. one that is incapable of being maintained or defended 2. incapable of habitation or occupation   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The untenable stance of the government put the speaker in an awkward position.

Stoke

Stoke  [  stohk  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to stir up, feed or fuel a fire 2. (tr.v.) to tend or fuel a furnace 3. (tr.v.) to intensify or activate 4. (intr.v.) to tend or fuel a fire   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He stoked the flames by adding fuel to the fire.

Unseemly

Unseemly  [  uhn-SEEM-lee  ]   [  adjective, adverb  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) inappropriate, improper or unseasonable 2. (adv.) not seemly or not in a proper manner   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Unseemly behaviour is frowned upon in all cultures.
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