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Amok

Amok  [  uh'-MUHK, uh'-MOK   ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder (Southeast Asian cultures)   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Precisely, the film's fiction has nature running amok as a result of toxic waste, dumped out of corporate greed.

Insatiable

Insatiable  [  in-SEY-shuh'-buh' l, -shee-uh-   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. incapable of being appeased 2. cannot be satisfied   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He had an insatiable desire to collect rare artworks.

Psychosomatic

Psychosomatic  [  sahy-koh-suh'- MAT-ik   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. pertaining to a physical disorder that is caused by emotional factors 2. involving both the mind and the body   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Her doctor was convinced that most of her problems were psychosomatic.

Sylvan

Sylvan  [  SIL-vuh'n   ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) pertaining to, consisting of or abounding in the trees 2. (adj.) living in the woods 3. (n.) a person who dwells in the woods 4. (n.) the spirit of the woods   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :     The resort has a lovely sylvan setting with a river flowing through it.

Execrable

Execrable  [  EK-si-kruh'-buh'l   ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. deplorable or utterly detestable 2. abhorrent or being accursed 3. extremely bad or inferior   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   After the execrable performance in the play his career as a stage performer was as good as over.

Bane

Bane  [  beyn  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. anything that spoils or ruins 2. anything that caused harm, destruction or death 3. a deadly poison 4. the source of one's exasperation or a persistent annoyance   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :    Social networking is proving to be the bane of this generation.

Annotate

Annotate  [  AN-uh'-teyt  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to give explanatory notes or comment upon in notes 2. (tr. v.) to provide critical commentary 3. (intr. v.) to gloss a text or interpret a text   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The teacher explained how the lessons should be annotated.

Zany

Zany  [  ZEY-nee  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1.(n.) a clown or fool or eccentric person 2. (adj.) ludicrous or comical 3. (adj.) clownish   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His zany humour took comedy to new heights of absurdity.

Cozen

Cozen  [  KUHZ-uh'n  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to trick or to mislead by means of fraud 2. (tr. v.) to induce someone to commit an act by coaxing 3. (intr. v.) to act deceitfully   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   No matter how hard he tried he could not cozen the old couple to part with their property.

Paean

Paean  [  PEE-uh’ n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a song or hymn to thank or praise 2. a song sung in praise of a deity in ancient Greece   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The countrymen united their voices in a great paean to liberty.

Myriad

Myriad  [  MIR-ee-uh’ d  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) an enormous or incalculable number 2. (n.) (archaic) ten thousand 3. (adj.) incalculable, indefinite or innumerable 4. (adj.) multifaceted   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The myriad number of stars in the sky continued to twinkle brightly. The kid was overjoyed with the myriads of experiences in the Disneyland.

Determinate

Determinate  [  adj. di-TUR-muh'-nit; v. di-TUR-muh'-neyt  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. precisely limited or with defined limits 2. conclusive, settled, final   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The determinate nature of the project made it easier for the team to achieve the expected milestones.

Unsavory

Unsavory  [  uh'n-SEY-vuh'-ree  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. not tasty or insipid 2. disagreeable or not appealing 3. distasteful or offensive 4. morally or socially objectionable   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The kids dejectedly looked at the scanty, unsavoury portions of food doled out to them.

Animadversion

Animadversion  [  an-uh'-mad- VUR-zhuh' n, -shuh' n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. negative criticism 2. a censorious or critical comment or remark   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Her work gathered public animadversion for being ahead of her time. 

Minatory

Minatory  [  MIN-uh’-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   threatening, alarming or ominous   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He is unlikely to be deterred by minatory finger-wagging.

Propound

Propound  [  pruh’-POUND  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   to set forth, propose, put forward or offer for acceptance   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He's written several popular books propounding his theories.

Nugatory

Nugatory  [  NOO-guh’-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, NYOO-  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   of no worth or meaning   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The teacher shortages will render nugatory the hopes of implementing the new curriculum.

Annihilate

Annihilate  [  uh'-NAHY-uh'-leyt  ]   [  verb  ]   MEANING :   to do away with something; destroy completely   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   T he forest fire completely annihilated the island.

Transpire

Transpire  [  tran-spahyuhr  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr. v.) to occur; happen; take place. 2. (tr. v.) to emit or give off (waste matter, watery vapor, an odor, etc.)   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He noted everything that transpired in the courtroom. 

Passé

Pass é  [  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 :   What you think is in style one season may be viewed as passé the next, especially by the hardcore fashionistas.

gambit

gambit  [  GAM-bit  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : 1. a manoeuvre by which an advantage is supposed to be gained 2. an opening statement to initiate conversation USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The gambit of the company finally paid off when they clinched the billion dollar deal.

Voracious

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 activity   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Moles have a voracious appetite and can eat 70-100 percent of their weight daily.

Incongruity

Incongruity  [  in-kuh'n-GROO-i- tee  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : 1. the state of being out of keeping or place 2. the quality of being incompatible or inharmonious USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The seeming incongruity between the visual and the tactile can be explained by the laws of refraction.

Disquietude

Disquietude  [  dis-KWAHY-i-tood  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the state of being worried or uneasy 2. anxiety or edginess   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The disquietude of the parents mounted as it was past six o’clock and their son had not come back from school.

Colloquy

Colloquy  [  KOL-uh'-kwee  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a formal exchange of conversation 2. a conference or dialogue 3. a discussion between the judge and the defendant during a hearing to ascertain whether the defendant understands the court proceedings and his or her rights   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   H e found her in an earnest colloquy with the postman.

Tutelary

Tutelary  [  TOOT-l-er-ee  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) holding the position of being the guardian or protector of a person, place, or thing 2. (adj.) pertaining to a guardian or protector 3. (n.) the person who serves as a guardian 4. (n.) one who has protective powers   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Indigenous and shamanic healers speak about the presence of and use of such tutelary spirits which are often personified and summoned while working with a patient.

Nostalgia

Nostalgia  [  no-STAL-juh'  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a sentimental longing for the happiness of a former place or time 2. a condition of being homesick or a display of homesickness   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The old man talked about the carefree days of his childhood with nostalgia. 

Debunk

Debunk  [  di-BUHNGK   ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to expose the exaggerated claims of 2. to ridicule the falseness of a claim or sentiment 3. to show to be false or pretentious   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She debunks the idea that the human interest story was always central to American journalism.

Compendium

Compendium  [  kuh'm-PEN-dee-uh' m  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a concise account of a subject 2. a brief treatise or a summary 3. a complete list   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Overall, I found the book to be an impressive compendium of useful information and resources.

Sentinel

Sentinel  [  SEN-tn-l  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a watchman or a person or thing that stands as if watching 2. (n.) a soldier stationed as a guard or sentry 3. (tr. v.) to provide with a guard or watch over as a guard   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   After walking down a short hall another door came into view; this one had only one sentinel.
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