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


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 instrumentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The crown and throne were wrested from him by a bloody coup.


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


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


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 assistUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Succour offered in monetary terms is not always welcome.


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


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


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 judgementUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :A tribunal was set up to find the truth in the matter.


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 sojournUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :As long as they could, they tarried, but in the end they were asked to move along.


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


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


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 remainingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The remnants of the battle of Trafalgar were horrifying.


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


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


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 exampleUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Their love story became the apotheosis for generations to come.


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 painUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The mental anguish suffered by the POWs continued even after their release.


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 attachmentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Babies are weaned at nine months.


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 vassalUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Lord Ipensky was a faithful vassal.


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 endUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The edge of the sword had been tapered off so as to increase functionality


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


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


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 accustomUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His wont behaviour of 'early to bed and early to rise' was regarded as the norm.


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 climateUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His temperate mannerisms made him an ideal candidate for the post.


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


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 inactiveUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The thief was fooled by the recumbent police officer into thinking that he could escape.


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


Vulpine [ VUHL-pahyn, -pin ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. like or resembling a fox
2. cunning, clever, foxy or craftyUSAGE 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 [ VEE-nee-uh'l, VEEN-yuh'l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. forgivable or pardonable
2. excusable, minor or slight
3. (roman catholic church) deserving temporal punishmentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The act was deemed venial by a unanimous jury.


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


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 fireUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He stoked the flames by adding fuel to the fire.


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

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