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Passe  [  pahs  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) outdated, outmoded or no longer in fashion 2. (adj.) faded, aged or past one's prime 3. (n.) (roulette) numbers nineteen through thirty six   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Wearing a passe wardrobe is considered to be a social faux pas.


Chaotic  [  key-OT-ik  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. in a totally confused, disordered or erratic state or condition 2. of or pertaining to the dynamics and theories of mathematical chaos   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   People in cities are used to a chaotic lifestyle.


Ostentatious  [  os-ten-TEY- shuh’ s, -tuh’ n-  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   intended to be noticed by attracting and impressing others   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Being a wealthy man, he could afford to lead an ostentatious life.


Sullen  [  SUHL-uh'n  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. sulky or silent resentment 2. somber or gloomy 3. sluggish   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The child was in a sullen mood because he could not have his way.


Depreciate  [  di-PREE-shee-eyt   ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to reduce or lower the worth or value of something 2. (tr.v.) to belittle or represent as being of hardly any value 3. (intr.v.) to diminish or fall in price or value   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The value of electronic items depreciates over time.


Catalyst  [  KAT-l-ist  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. something that acts as the stimulus in an activity without itself being affected in any way 2. (Chemistry) a substance that hastens a reaction or process without itself reacting with any other substance or undergoing any chemical change   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The catalyst was an important ingredient in the experiment.


Waddle  [  WOD-l  ]   [  intransitive verb  ]   MEANING :   to walk like a duck, with small steps and an awkward side to side sway


Canard   [  kuh'-NAHRD; Fr. ka*-NA*R*  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   a spiteful report created to cause harm.   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The canard about the starlet's lifestyle led to her being dropped from a leading role in the next blockbuster film.


Knotty  [  NOT-ee  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. tied in knots or full of knots or having knots 2. intricate, involved, or difficult to understand or solve 3. gnarled or covered in knobs   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   When the party split the followers were faced with the knotty problem of having to choose sides. 


Precarious  [  pri-KAIR-ee-uh's   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. dependent on situations beyond one's control 2. dangerous or perilous   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He accepted that success was based on precarious instances as fate was often fickle.


Reparation  [  rep-uh’-REY-shuh’ n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. an act of making up or making amends 2. indemnification, compensation or atonement   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was asked to make reparations to his victims.


Artifact  [  AHR-tuh'-fakt  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. an object made by humans that could be of historical interest 2. an article or structure that has been archaeologically excavated 3. an object that reflects contemporary culture 4. something that becomes apparent after extraneous (esp. human) activity   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The artifacts were stolen from the museum.


Credulous  [  KREJ-uh'-luh' s  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   willing to believe too readily, without adequate evidence   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was often found making baffling comments owing to credulous nature.


Billow  [  BIL-oh  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr. v.) to surge or swell out 2. (tr. v.) to cause to rise 3. (n.) a great wave or surging mass   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Smoke from the bonfire billowed upwards.


Belligerent  [  buh'-LIJ-er-uh' nt  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) waging war or warlike 2. (adj.) inclined towards hostility or combativeness 3. (n.) a nation or group that is in a state of war or warlike condition   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His belligerent attitude did not win him many friends.


Ascribe  [  uh'-SKRAHYB  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to attribute, credit, assign or impute 2. to attribute someone or something as a source   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The entire success of the project was ascribed to his efforts.


Loiter  [  LOI-ter  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr.v.) to dawdle or wander or idle away in an aimless manner 2. (intr.v.) to lag behind or proceed slowly 3. (tr.v.) to unnecessarily pass time or dawdle   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was caught loitering and was asked to leave.


Affable  [  AF-uh'-buh' l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   approachable; friendly; pleasant and polite   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His affable temperament won him many friends.


Parochial  [  puh'-ROH-kee-uh'l   ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. pertaining to or supported by or located in a parish 2. pertaining the education provided by a parochial school 3. very limited scope or narrow in outlook 4. provincial USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The best education is provided in parochial schools.


Remediable  [  ri-MEE-dee-uh’- buh’ l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   capable of being cured or remedied   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The remediable ailment required minor surgery.


Seamy  [  SEE-mee  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. (adj.) unpleasant 2. (adj.) disgusting 3. (adj.) pertaining to a seam USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He was contemplating suicide as he was fed up with his seamy life.


Constrain  [  kuh’ n-STREYN  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to oblige, confine, compel or force 2. to restrain, hold back or limit by using bonds 3. to produce in a strained manner   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was constrained to tell the truth by his peers who threatened him with dire consequences.


Commensurate  [  kuh'-MEN-ser-it  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. proportionate or corresponding in magnitude or degree 2. of equal extent or having the same measure   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The factory laborers were told that their wages would be commensurate with the quantity of goods produced.


Bland  [  bland  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. characterized by a tranquil, unperturbed, or moderate quality 2. tasteless or having little or no distinctive flavor 3. dull or insipid   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The doctor treated him for ulcers and advised him to go on a bland diet.


Coax  [  kohks  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to cajole, wheedle or persuade by using flattery 2. (tr.v.) to manipulate and gain by means of flattery 3. (intr.v.) to persuade or urge by flattery 4. (n.) coaxial cable   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   They coaxed her to come to the movies with them.


Indenture  [  in-DEN-cher  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a written contract, deed or agreement with two or copies having indentations 2. (n.) a contract or agreement that binds an apprentice 3. (n.) a certificate or list that is authenticated to be used as a voucher 4. (tr.v.) to bind by a contract or indenture   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The indenture will have to be presented in court.


Pallid  [  PAL-id  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. lacking in colour; pale 2. lacking in interest or liveliness   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Her pallid countenance indicated the fact that she was not well.


Deadlock  [  DED-lok   ]   [  noun, verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a complete standstill or a state in which progress is impossible 2. (n.) a stalemate or impasse 3. (n.) a deadbolt 4. (n.) the cell used for solitary confinement 5. (tr. v.) to bring or come to a standstill.   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The deadlock between the miners and the steelmakers could only be overcome by an increase in the price of iron ore.


Conscript  [  v. kuh'n-SKRIPT; n., adj. KON-skript  ]   [  noun, adjective, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a recruit enlisted by force 2. (tr. v.) to force or draft into the armed forces 3. (adj.) drafted   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The despot’s army consisted only of conscripts.


Dapper  [  DAP-er  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. stylish 2. neat or smartly dressed 3. lively or energetic   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The dapper outfit he wore won him the title of promenade king.


Facetious  [  fuh-SEE-shuh s   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. jocular, witty, waggish, bantering or humorous 2. not intended to be serious   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   People invited him to their parties because of his facetious nature.

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