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Hiatus [ hahy-EY-tuh' s ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a break, gap or interruption 2. an aperture or passage in an organ 3. a temporary halt in pronunciation when two successive vowels are present in adjacent words or syllablesUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 : There was a brief hiatus in the war with France.
Détente [ dey-TAHNT; Fr. dey-THAN*T ] [ noun ] MEANING : the relaxing or easing of tension, between rivals, esp. nations, through negotiations or talks. USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : In 1972, detente allowed diplomatic relations and closer economic ties between East and West Germany.
Diabolic [ dahy-uh'-BOL-ik ] [ adjective ] MEANING : 1. cruelly wicked or evil; fiendish 2. of or like the devil; satanic USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The evil mastermind created a diabolical plan to take over the village.
Ersatz [ ER-zahts, -sahts, er-ZAHTS, -SAHTS ] [ adjective ] MEANING : an artificial and usually inferior substitute or imitation USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The disastrous brunch ended with ersatz coffee made of chicory.
Idée fixe [ ee-dey FEEKS ] [ noun ] MEANING : an idea that one has entertained for a long time; a fixed idea; obsession USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Pink Floyd's idee fixe of incorporating technology in music was considered ahead of its time.
Pique [ peek ] [ noun, verb ] MEANING : 1. (n.) feeling of anger or resentment, esp., aroused by a sense of wounded pride (v.) 2. to excite or arouse an emotion 3. (v.) to provoke one to act or respond to a challenge USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He left the room in a fit of pique.
Quarry [ KWAWR-ee, KWOR-ee ] [ noun, transitive verb ] MEANING : 1. (n.) prey or game 2. (n.) an open excavation pit to obtain stone by blasting or digging 3. (n.) an object being pursued 4. (tr.v.) to excavate stone from a quarry USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : His indecisiveness caused his quarry to escape.
Reprobate [ REP-ruh'-beyt ] [ noun, adjective, transitive verb ] MEANING : 1. (n.) a person without any sense of right or wrong 2. (n.) a person doomed or without hope of being saved 3. (adj.) without principles of right and wrong 4. (tr. v.) to reject or condemn USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The reprobate was condemned by the media and public alike for his misdeeds.
Tryst [ trist, trahyst ] [ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ] MEANING : 1. (n.) an appointment or meeting or a place for such a meeting, a private romantic rendezvous between lovers 2. (tr.v.) to fix up a meeting 3. (intr.v.) to agree for an appointment or meeting USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Their trysts were varied, romantic, playful and passionate.
Cortège[ kawr-TEZH, -TEYZH ] [ noun ] MEANING : A solemn procession, especially for a funeral. a train of attendants USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The cortège of the dead leader attracted a huge number of onlookers.
Gamut [ Gam-uh' t ] [ noun ] MEANING : 1. a complete range of anything 2. the entire range of recognized musical notes USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : As Head of marketing, he had to be knowledgeable about the entire gamut of marketing activities conducted by his company. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : There are 11 nominees, whose finely nuanced performances run the full gamut from comedy to tragedy.
[ noun, transitive verb ]
1. a feast
2. a choice food or drink
3. to delight, amuse or entertain lavishly
4. to provide a feast with choice food or drink
5. to feast
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
The lavishness of the regale was unmatched.
Miasma [ mahy-AZ-muh’, mee- ][ noun ] MEANING :1. unhealthy, often hazardous fumes that cause disease and were formerly believed to emanate from bogs or swamps 2. a thick, vaporous emission or atmosphere 3. a bad, unhealthy or noxious influence or environmentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :It is mandatory for workers in coal fields to wear chemical masks to protect them from the lethal miasma of ammonia gas.