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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.

Odyssey

Odyssey [ OD-uh’-see ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a long adventurous trip
2. an intellectual or spiritual questUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :This talented photographer made an Odyssean journey from his home in California to photograph Paris's architecture out of personal interest.

Palindrome

Palindrome [ PAL-in-drohm ][ noun ]MEANING :a word, sentence, phrase, or verse that reads the same backward and forwardUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Noon is an example of a palindrome.

Miff

Miff [ mif ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) ill-humour; in an irritable, disagreeable mood
2. (n.) a petty or trivial quarrel
3. (tr. v.) to offend or annoyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was miffed at not being invited to the party.

Obeisance

Obeisance [ oh-BEY-suh’ ns, oh-BEE- ][ noun ]MEANING :a gesture of body movement that expresses homage, like a bowUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Thousands pay obeisance to the image of Lord Jagannath as it passes through the streets of Puri.

Recant

Recant [ ri-KANT ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :(tr. v.) to revoke or pull back (esp. a statement or belief) publicly
(intr. v.) to revoke or pull back a statement or belief publiclyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The police were compelled to recant their statement that the victim had committed suicide after the post mortem report was made public.

Apocryphal

Apocryphal [ uh'-POK-ruh'-fuh' l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. spurious; of doubtful authenticity
2. (often capitalised) of or pertaining to the apocryphaUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The parable of “the Prodigal son,” although probably apocryphal teaches us a wonderful lesson of the power of forgiveness.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :The story may or may not be apocryphal but it reminds us that countries are created in the hearts and minds of men and women.

Obdurate

Obdurate [ OB-doo-rit, -dyoo’- ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding.
2. stubbornly resistant to moral influence; persistently impenitentUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :For all his reputation as a pragmatist, there's a steely and obdurate side to him that comes to the surface every so often

Joie de vivre

Joie de vivre [ zhwaduh* vee-vruh* ][ noun ]MEANING :a french phrase meaning carefree or joyful enjoyment of life; happy to be aliveUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She  had been gripped with a joie de vivre that hitherto had been completely missing from her life

Proclivity

Proclivity [ proh-KLIV-i-tee ][ noun ]MEANING :habitual or natural tendency toward something; predispositionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His proclivity to putting on weight meant that he had to exercise regularly in order to keep fit.

Impecunious

Impecunious [ im-pi-KYOO-nee-uh’s ][ adjective ]MEANING :not having money; poorUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Theirs was a titled but impecunious family.