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Hector [ HEK-ter ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a bully
2. (intr. v.) to dominate or intimidate in a loud manner
3. (tr. v.) to behave like a bullyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He is a small-town hector with no job and lots of time on his hands.


Expletive [ ek-spli-tiv ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (n.) a profane or exclamatory oath
2. (n.) a word or phrase that is used to fill out or balance a sentence without adding any meaning to it
3. (adj.) used or added to fill or balance out a sentenceUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Expletives were deleted from the transcript of their conversation.


Pandemic [ pan-DEM-ik ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) widespread; occurring over or affecting a very large area
2. (n.) a widespread disease or epidemicUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The pandemic nature of the flu is a cause of concern for WHO.


Ingrate [ IN-greyt ][ noun ]MEANING :a thankless, ungrateful personUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
Don't be an ingrate, appreciate your gifts.


Voracious [ vaw-RAY-shuh's ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. ravenous or craving food in large quantities
2. eating large quantities of food
3. exceedingly eager to perform an activityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :It seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day.


Complaisance [ kuh’ m-PLEY-suh’ ns, -zuh ’ns, KOM-pluh’-zans ][ noun ]MEANING :affability, agreeableness or amiabilityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The complaisance of the intern earned him popularity at the workplace.

Faux pas

Faux pas [ foh PAH ][ noun ]MEANING :blunder, misconduct, social mistake, false step or error in etiquetteUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Debutantes were warned about the various faux pas and how to avoid them.


Disport [ di-SPAWRT, -SPOHRT ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to display
2. (intr.v.) to divert oneself with some amusement
3. (n.) frolicsome diversion or amusementUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The children disported a variety of antics to the amusement of the onlookers.


Moribund [ MAWR-uh’-buhnd, MOR- ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. in a near death condition
2. stagnant or inactiveUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The actor who is trying hard to revive his moribund career.


Ineffectual [ in-i-FEK-choo-uh'l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. insufficient to produce a desired or satisfactory result
2. pointless or futile
3. powerless, impotent or uselessUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The ineffectual action taken by the government in dealing with unruly and antisocial elements was deplored by people.


Succor [ SUHK-er ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) help or assistance
2. (n.) a person who gives help
3. (tr. v.) to helpUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was a kind man and would always succor the needy.


Axiom [ AK-see-uh'm ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a maxim or universally accepted truth
2. a principle, rule or law that is established and universally accepted
3. a maxim widely accepted on its intrinsic merit USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :I used to live by the axiom that it's easier to warm up in the cold than cool off in the heat.


Ambidextrous [ am-bi-DEK-struh' s ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. able to skilfully use both hands
2. unusually skilful; versatile; adroit
3. double-dealing; hypocritical or deceitfulUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was ambidextrous, he could sketch with his right hand while he wrote with his left—simultaneously.

Idée fixe

Idée fixe [ ee-dey FEEKS ][ noun ]MEANING :an idea that one has entertained for a long time; a fixed idea; obsessionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She had this bizarre idée fixe that people were spying on her with electromagnetic waves.


Expurgate [ EK-sper-geyt ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to remove obscene, objectionable or vulgar passages from a book
2. to purge, cleanse or rid of obscenities or morally offensive thingsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The publisher expurgated the book to almost half of what it was before.


Epicurean [ ep-i-kyoo’-REE-uh’ n, -KYOO ’R-ee-  ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) having fondness for luxury and other sensual pleasures
2. (adj.) pertaining to an epicure
3. (n.) a devotee or disciple of epicurusUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Las Vegas has a well-deserved reputation as an epicurean capital.


Obstreperous [ uh’ b-STREP-er-uh’s ][ adjective ]MEANING :noisy or aggressively boisterousUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The teacher tried in vain to restrain the obstreperous children.


Coterie [ KOH-tuh'-ree ][ noun ]MEANING :a faction or group of people with a similar interest or purpose; a cliqueUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The coterie of astronomers, physicists and engineers feel that the day of mass space tourism is not far away.


Exorcise [ EK-sawr-sahyz ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to command or force to depart or to expel by incantation or prayer
2. to free a person who is possessed from an evil spiritUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The movie is about a priest who tries to exorcise demons from a young girl.


Errant [ ER-uh' nt ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. given to travelling; roving, esp. in search of an adventure
2. straying from the proper course or accepted standards
3. moving about without an aim or direction
4. notorious; characterised by wrong behaviour

USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The errant gunslinger could be found as a standard character in western novels f Victorian era.


Curator [ kyoo'-REY-ter, KYOO' R-ey- ; KYOO' R-uh-ter ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a manager, superintendent or a person in charge
2. on who is a legal guardian of a person who is a minor, lunatic or is incompetent in some other way to take care of his/her propertyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The curator of the museum was a respected man.


Aegis [ EE-jis ]
[ noun ]
1 : a shield or breastplate emblematic of majesty that was associated with Zeus and Athena

2 a : protection (under the aegis of the Constitution)
   b : controlling or conditioning influence (passed new laws under the aegis of national security)

3 a : auspices, sponsorship (under the aegis of the museum)
   b : control or guidance especially by an individual, group, or system (under the aegis of the government)
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Having no claim to the land under the aegis of the law, the cattle baron decided to claim it by force.


Heretic [ n. HER-i-tik; adj. HER-i-tik, huh'-RET-ik ][ noun ]MEANING :a person who holds controversial beliefs, especially contrary to religion, profession etc.USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Galileo was condemned as a heretic for supporting Copernicus's thesis that the earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa.


incubus [ IN-kyuh’-buh’ s, ING- ][ noun ]MEANING :1. (medieval times) a fabled demon who was believed to descend upon women and have sexual intercourse with them while they slept
2. a nightmare
3. a worry or burden that is oppressiveUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Incubus and Succubus are just two of the many demons in mythology.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The only justification for the removal of Margaret Thatcher by her colleagues was that, wedded to the incubus of the poll tax, it seemed inevitable that she would lose the forthcoming general election.


Uxorious [ uhk-SAWR-ee-uh's ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. affectionately submissive toward one's wife
2. foolishly doting upon one's wife
3. characterized by excess devotion to one's wifeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The uxorious husband refused to believe that his wife was anything but perfect in spite of the complaints from the neighbors.


Doughty [ DOU-tee ][ adjective ]MEANING :valiant, courageous or braveUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The doughty soldier was admired by his juniors.


Overweening [ OH-ver-WEE-ning][ adjective ]MEANING :1. brash, arrogant or conceited
excessive or overbearingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His overweening manner was repugnant to all.


Kismet [ KIZ-mit, -met, KIS- ][ noun ]MEANING :fate, luck or destinyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He always said that it was kismet that they met at the movie premier.


Braggart [ BRAG-ert ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (n.) a person who is given to boasting
2. (adj.) boastfulUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was adjudged a braggart in his circle.


Juxtapose [ JUHK-stuh’-pohz, juhk-stuh’-POHZ ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :to place side by side especially in order to compare and contrastUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :For the inauguration of the art center, they decided on a display that juxtaposed modern art with classical art.


Supplicate [ SUHP-li-keyt  ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to pray for in a fervent manner
2. (intr. v.) to make a fervent prayerUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He claimed to be an atheist but when he was having bad luck he would supplicate for a change in fortune.

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