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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 [ 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.

Ad nauseam

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 [ 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

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


[ adjective ]

exhibiting simultaneous, contradictory emotions, attitudes or feelings

Her ambivalent reactions confused everyone.


[ noun ]

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

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


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

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.

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


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