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Uncouth [ uhn-KOOTH ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. clumsy, outlandish or unmannerly
2. crude, boorish or undefined
3. strange, unusual or ungracefulUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His uncouth behaviour was embarrassing.


Apropos [ ap-ruh'-POH ][ adjective, adverb ]MEANING :1. (adj.) apt, appropriate, opportune or relevant
2. (adv.) opportunely, seasonably or at the appropriate or right time
3. (adv.) incidentally or by the wayUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The coup must be timed at the apropos juncture.


Homiletics [ hom-uh'-let-iks ][ noun ]MEANING :the skill of sermonizingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was taught homiletics as a part of his degree course.


Wheedle [ HWEED-l, WEED-l ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to cajole or entice or persuade by means of flattery
2. (tr.v.) to obtain or procure by means of flattery
3. (intr.v.) to meet one's needs by using flatteryUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He wheedled and heaped lavish praise on the President.


Vagary [ vuh'-GAIR-ee, VEY-guh-ree ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an erratic, unpredictable or unexpected action, course or instance
2. a whimsical or wild notion or actionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The entire sports faculty was stunned because of this act of vagary.


Senescence [ si-NES-uh ’nt ][ noun ]MEANING :1. old age, antiquity or elderliness
2. the phase in the growth of a plant between maturity and deathUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Senescence has rendered him bedridden.


Vitreous [ VI-tree-uh's ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) glassy or having characteristics of glass like glossiness and hardness
2. (adj.) made or derived from glass
3. (adj.) pertaining to or comprising the vitreous humour
4. (n.) the vitreous humourUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Its vitreous nature made it fragile.


Apprise [ uh'-PRAHYZ ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :to inform, tell, notify or adviseUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was apprised about the developing political crisis.


Admonitory [ ad-MON-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ][ adjective ]MEANING :expressing a warningUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His admonitory words fell on deaf ears.


Ambivalent [ am-BIV-uh'-luh' nt ][ adjective ]MEANING :exhibiting simultaneous, contradictory emotions, attitudes or feelingsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Her ambivalent reactions confused everyone.


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.


Titular [ TICH-uh'-ler, TIT-yuh'- ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) of, pertaining to or having a title
2. (adj.) nominal or existing only in title
3. (n.) one bearing or holding a titleUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was a titular King, a facade to camouflage the real power behind the throne.


Regale [ ri-GEYL ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a feast
2. (n.) a choice food or drink
3. (tr.v.) to delight, amuse or entertain lavishly
4. (tr.v.) to provide a feast with choice food or drink
5. (intr.v.) to feastUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The lavishness of the regale was unmatched.


Quorum [ KWAWR-uh’ m, KWOHR- ][ noun ]MEANING :1. majority or the minimum number of members that are needed in order to conduct proceedings
2. a chosen or select groupUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The tour arrangers made it clear that the trip would proceed only if the required quorum of registrations was met.


Craven [ KREY-vuh’ n ][ noun, adjective, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (adj.) cowardly, timid or fearful
2. (n.) a coward
3. (tr.v.) to make timid or cowardlyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Craven behaviour is not expected from soldiers.


Rhapsody [ RAP-suh'-dee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. (n.) an instrumental piece of music irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation
2. (n.) a state of ecstasy
3. (n.) a literary creation in a lofty styleUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The pianist received a standing ovation from the audience for his rendition of a rhapsody.


Clavicle [ KLAV-i-kuh'l ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the collarbone
2. a bone of the pectoral archUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He broke his clavicle when he fell off a horse at full gallop.


Iota [ ahy-OH-tuh’ ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a tiny or infinitesimal quantity
2. the letter in the ninth position in the greek alphabetUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :There was not an iota of logic in their actions.


Fracas [ FRAK-ah, FREY-kuh' s ][ noun ]MEANING :a brawl; noisy argumentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The fracas between the players and the referee led to the match being called off.


Mnemonics [ ni-MON-iks ][ noun ]MEANING :device or technique of improving memory with the help of some formulasUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The BODMAS mnemonics is one that every school kid should know.


Contravene [ kon-truh'-VEEN ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to violate or to act counter to
2. to argue against or oppose
3. to deny or be in conflict withUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The advocate for the accused vehemently contravened the statement of the witness.


Impugn [ im-PYOON ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to assail someone with arguments or words
2. to attack or oppose as being falseUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The judge impugned the defence attorney's arguments.


Emaciated [ ih-MEY-shee-ey-tid  ][ verb, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) being abnormally lean and thin
2. (adj.) marked by being gaunt or haggard
3. (v.) to make or become very thin as by starvationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The emaciated bodies of the people who had died of famine were piled up and cremated.


Sunder [ SUHN-der ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to severe, split or divide
2. (intr.v.) to sever, divide, split or part
3. (n.) division, split or separationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :At the end of the ceremony, the priest said, "May no man sunder what God has put together".


Putative [ PYOO-tuh-tiv ][ adjective ]MEANING :reputed, supposed or generally deemed as suchUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The putative crime-lord did not tolerate a decline in the weekly profits.


Purgatory [ PUR-guh’-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (n.) (roman catholic church) a place or condition in which the people who have died in god's grace suffer and expatiate their sins
2. (n.) any state or place in which punishment, expatiation and suffering are temporary
3. (n.) limbo, hell or netherworld
4. (adj.) tending or serving to expatiate or cleanseUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He feared ending up in purgatory as a result of his misdeeds.


Sedulous [ SEJ-uh’-luh’ s ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. assiduous, diligent or hardworking
2. cautiously or persistently maintainedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was regarded as a sedulous, young man who would do well in life.


Vituperative [ vahy-TOO-per-uh'-tiv, -puh-rey-tiv, -TYOO-, vi- ][ adjective ]MEANING :abusive or containing abusive censureUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His vituperative address to the media was renounced by the government.


Ossify [ OS-uh’-fahy ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to harden and transform to a bone
2. (tr. v.) to be rigid or resist change and unconventionality
3. (intr. v.) to change a bone by hardening
4. (intr. v.) to be rigid or unconventional in beliefs and behaviourUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Countries that do not allow any form of free expression to their people will ossify artistically, socially and ultimately economically.


Acrophobia [ ak-ruh'-FOH-bee-uh' ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an abnormal fear of heights or high placesUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :When she refused to come out on the balcony to enjoy the view, we figured that she probably suffered from acrophobia.


Agog [ uh'-GOG ][ adjective, adverb ]MEANING :1. (adj.) highly excited or eager
2. (adv.) in a state of keen desire; excitedlyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Her supporters were agog at the idea.

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