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Bruit  [  broot  ]   [  noun, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) (medicine) any general abnormal sound heard on auscultation (the act of listening, either directly or through a stethoscope or other instrument, to sounds within the body as a method of diagnosis). 2. (n.) (archaic) rumour; report 3. (n.) (archaic) noise; din; clamour 4. (tr. v.) to spread rumour; repeat   USAGE EXAMPLE:   The bruit detected by the doctor using a stethoscope indicated that the patient needed medical attention.


Echelon  [  ESH-uh'-lon  ] [  noun, verb  ] MEANING : 1. (n.) a formation of troops or military aircraft, or individuals wherein each unit is positioned somewhat to the right or left of the unit in front such that the entire formation appears like a series of stairs 2. (n.) one of several units of such an arrangement 3. (n.) any group or unit that acts in an organised or disciplined way 4. (n.) a grade or level of authority 5. (n.) (spectroscopy) a diffraction grating that consists of a series of plates arranged one after another in a stepwise manner 6. (v.) to be a part of an echelon USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The top echelon of the company took the decision to expand the company's operations overseas.


Decadence  [  DEK-uh-duh ns, di-KEYD-ns  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. the act or process of falling into decline, deterioration 2. moral or cultural degeneration 3. excessively self-indulgent   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Some historians are of the view that the Moghul empire collapsed due to internal decadence.


Decapitate  [  di-KAP-i-teyt  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   to behead; to cut off the head of   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   With one swift movement, he decapitated the king and announced himself as the new ruler.


Guffaw  [  guh'-FAW, guh'-  ]   [  noun, verb  ]   MEANING :   (n.) a loud and boisterous burst of laughter (v.) to laugh loudly and boisterously   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Bleak as the film is, there is occasional respite in the script, drawing wry smiles rather than hearty guffaws.


Beleaguer  [  bi-LEE-ger  ]   [  verb  ]   MEANING :   1. to annoy frequently; to harass 2. to besiege; surround by troops   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His abrasive remarks began to beleaguer his friends. 


Apiary  [  EY-pee-er-ee  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   a place in which bees or bee hives are kept and raised for honey   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   When he was inspector of apiaries, he made the regulation that apiaries should be kept at least 200 metres from the nearest resident and 100 metres from the nearest roadway.


Implode  [  im-PLOHD  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr. v.) to collapse inward 2. (tr. v.) to cause to collapse inward 3. (tr. v.) to demolish by causing to collapse inward   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Kevin made a mad dash for the passageway as the room imploded.


Bate  [  beyt  ]   [  intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to moderate or to lessen the intensity of 2. (tr. v.) to make less or take away some 3. (intr. v.) (of a hawk or falcon) to flap its wings frantically in an attempt to escape   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The fever bated with the medication.


Prepossessing  [  pree-puh'-ZES- ing  ]   [  adjective, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) serving to impress favourably 2. (adj.) pleasing or attractive 3. (tr. v.) to preoccupy the mind blocking out other thoughts or feelings   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   While not physically prepossessing and perhaps less obviously glamorous than her contemporaries, she has an enigma that is hard to ignore.


Ruddy  [  RUHD-ee  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. a fresh and healthy red colour 2. rosy   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   At night they returned ruddy faced and tired, but elated by vigorous exercise in such inspiring surroundings.


Ostracize  [  OS-truh'-sahyz  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr. v.) to exclude from 2. (tr. v.) to banish 3. (tr. v.) to shun or avoid   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Radical thinkers have known to be ostracized by the society owing to their unfathomable ideas.


Colossus  [  kuh'-LOS-uh's  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) anything gigantic or very powerful 2. (n.) a statue of gigantic size 3. (n.) the legendary bronze statue of Helios which is at Rhodes   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She has been described as the creative colossus of the literary world.


Infinitesimal  [  in-fin-i-TES- uh'-muh'l  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (adj.) minute or negligible in quantity 2. (adj.) pertaining to or involving extremely small quantities 2. (n.) a negligible quantity   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   It was a pause so infinitesimal that I almost didn't catch it, but I knew what I glimpsed.


Demeanour  [  di-MEE-ner  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) conduct or behaviour of a person 2. (n.) manner or style 3. (n.) facial expression or appearance 4. (n.) attitude   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Both men are renowned for their friendly demeanour and reassuring manner.


Miscreant  [  MIS-kree-uh'nt  ]   [  noun, adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a villain 2. (n.) a depraved person 3. (adj.) villainous or depraved   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The police are straining every nerve to bring the miscreants to justice.


Coalesce  [  koh-uh'-LES  ]   [  intransitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (intr. v.) to combine to form one unit 2. (intr. v.) to blend or unify 3. (intr. v.) to merge or amalgamate   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   After the continuous downpour, the puddles had coalesced into shallow streams.


Animosity  [  an-uh'-MOS-i-tee  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   enmity, hostility or bitter hatred   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   They still saw each other occasionally and the relationship came to an end without much anger or animosity.


stolid  [  STOL-id  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   having or revealing very little sensitivity or emotion   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   Central Europeans are widely regarded to be stolid and hard working.   USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :   English is not  the  inherited language  of  most people outside  the  South— the  Midwest was swamped by Germans and their stolid mental processes in  the  19th century and  the  East has been continually transformed by non-English speakers. 


Parable  [  PAR-uh'-buh'l  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a simple story illustrating a moral or religious teaching 2. a short story designed to illustrate or teach some religious principle or moral lesson   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He would often tell a little parable to illustrate in simple language the thoughts that came into his head.


Today's word of the day to enhance your English vocabulary is: Word:  Antecede Pronunciation:   [  an-tuh'-SEED  ] Meaning: 1. (tr. v.) to precede 2. (tr. v.) to occur before in order or rank or time    Usage Example 1:   Investigative reporting long antecedes the invention of miniature cameras. Now learn in a collaborative way. Use the button below to tweet using the word of the day today. Other's will learn form you, or will help you use it better.:     


Today's word of the day to enhance your English vocabulary is: Word:  Purgatory  Pronunciation:  [  PUR-guh’-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee  ] 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 cleanse   Usage Example 1:   The Catholics have a selection of prayers for the souls in purgatory. Now learn in a collaborative way. Use the button below to tweet using the word of the day today. Other's will learn form you, or will help you use it better.: 


Today's word of the day to enhance your English vocabulary is: Word:  Vociferous    Pronunciation:    [  voh-SIF-er-uh's  ] Meaning: 1. clamorous, noisy or vehement when expressing one's feelings 2. marked or characterized by a vehement or loud outcry 3. blatant, boisterous or strident    Usage Example 1:   There are increasingly vociferous complaints from agencies that child protection is worse than ever. Now learn in a collaborative way. Use the button below to tweet using the word of the day today. Other's will learn form you, or will help you use it better.: 


Today's word of the day to  enhance your English vocabulary is: Word:   Tryst Pronunciation:    [  trist, trahyst  ] Meaning: 1. (n.) an appointment or meeting or a place for such a meeting 2. (tr.v.) to fix up a meeting 3. (intr.v.) to agree for an appointment or meeting   Usage Example 1:   The garden became famous as it was their chosen place for a tryst. Now learn in a collaborative way. Use the button below to tweet using the word of the day today. Other's will learn form you, or will help you use it better.:   


Cumbersome  [  KUHM-ber-suh’ m  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. troublesome or burdensome 2. unwieldy, awkward or clumsy USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Concrete rings have been used in the past but can be quite cumbersome and heavy for the home garden.


Connotation  [  kon-uh’-TEY- shuh’ n  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. implication, intension or meaning suggested by a given word other than what it literally means 2. denotation, undertone or essence   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   "Resolute" means stubborn, but with a more positive connotation.


Cogent  [  KOH-juh’ nt  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   believable, valid or convincing   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He did not have a cogent explanation about his whereabouts.


Jocund  [  JOK-uh'nd  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. (adj.) cheerful or joyful 2. (adj.) lighthearted in nature USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : We had a jocund evening with everyone taking turns at narrating amusing anecdotes. Now learn in a collaborative way. Use the #WordOfTheDay to create a tweet, and help others learn how you use this word.  Other's can also help you on how to better use this word.  Simply, click the tweet button and write your own usage example.


Demagogue  [  DEM-uh'-gog, -gawg  ]   [  noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) a person or leader who appeals to the prejudices or passions of the people to gain power 2. (n.) in ancient times, a leader who champions the cause of the masses 3. (intr. v.) to speak or behave like a demagogue 4. (tr. v.) to treat an issue like a demagogue; obscure an issue with prejudice, emotions, etc.   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   He was a gifted demagogue and succeeded in uniting the workers in order to demand for better working conditions. 


Nuance  [  NOO-ahns, Fr. ny-AHNZ  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. a very slight or subtle difference in meaning or expression 2. a slight degree of difference or variation in tone, shade or colour   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :    H e was familiar with the nuances of the local dialect.


Illimitable  [  ih-LIM-i-tuh'- buh'l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. limitless or having no limit 2. boundless 3. infinite not able to be contained within a limit   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His illimitable perseverance was the key behind his success.

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