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Hiatus

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Ad nauseam

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Ad nauseam [ ad NAW-zee-uh'm, -am ] [ adverb ] MEANING : to a sickening or disgusting degree; to the point of nausea USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : All news channels showed the capture of the terrorist ad nauseam.

Gamut

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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.

De Novo

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De Novo:
[ dee NOH-voh, dey de NOH-woh ] [ adjective, adverb ]

MEANING: over again; anew; start over from the beginning

USAGE EXAMPLE: A de novo review of the case would be a futile effort without the eyewitness accounts.

Condign

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Condign [ kuh n-DAHYN ] [ adjective ] MEANING : appropriate; well-deserved USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The award was condign for the director of this art film.

Ambivalent

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Ambivalent
[ adjective ]

MEANING :
exhibiting simultaneous, contradictory emotions, attitudes or feelings

USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
Her ambivalent reactions confused everyone.

Juggernaut

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Juggernaut
[ noun ]

MEANING :
1. a relentless, massive campaign, movement, or object that destroys all in its path
2. one that requires or exacts blind faith or cruel sacrifice

USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
There was no escaping the juggernaut of hype for the studio's biggest summer blockbuster.

Regale

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Regale [ noun, transitive verb ] MEANING : 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.

Nadir

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Nadir [ NEY-der, NEY-deer ]
[ noun ]

MEANING :
1. the lowest possible point; extreme despair or adversity
2. the point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer and
diametrically opposite the zenith.

USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
Relations between Iran and the USA reached their nadir when 66 US diplomats were taken
hostage by Islamic militants in 1979.

Miasma

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.
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