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pellucid  [  puh’-LOO-sid  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. allowing light to pass; transparent or translucent 2. easily understood USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The pellucid waters of the Caribbean sea off the Jamaican coast make it an attractive destination for boating, diving and other water sports. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : Like its sister islands, Little Cayman's deservedly famous top attraction is the fringe of unspoiled reefs along the Cayman Trench, the deepest point in the Caribbean Sea—which, combined with truly pellucid waters, add up to some of the most spectacular diving in the world.


noxious  [  NOK-shuh’ s  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : harmful to health, mind, or morals USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : It is extremely disheartening to learn that the Indian government is allowing noxious chemical wastes to be dumped in our country. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : However, as he had inhaled noxious gases that surrounded the room, he collapsed from the ladder on which he was standing and came crawling to the door. He opened the door and fainted.


patrimony  [  PA-truh’-moh-nee  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : an inheritance from one’s father or male ancestor USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The wealthy industrialist set aside a patrimony fund for his children which they would receive when they reached the age of 21. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : But while the politicians are considering a "patrimony" fund, to set money aside for future generations, many islanders are clamouring for new facilities to be built straight away.


Ruminate  [  ROO-muh’-neyt  ]   [  transitive verb  ]   MEANING :   1. (tr.v.) to chew up repetitively like a cow does 2. (tr. v.) to ponder over a thought repetitively 3. (intr.v.) to chew cud repetitively like a cow 4. (intr.v.) to think over a matter repetitively   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She often ruminated about her daily workload over a cup of tea.


Scoff  [  skawf, skof  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. (n.) gibe or an instance or object of scorn or mockery 2. (tr.v.) to mock, jeer or express scorn 3. (intr.v.) to display contempt by ridiculing or jeering   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   She scoffed at his attempt to explain why he was late.


Squalid  [  SKWOL-id, SKWAW-lid  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. dirty, foul, filthy, wretched 2. sordid or morally degraded   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The squalid conditions prevalent in the last century gave rise to many diseases.


Sacrosanct  [  SAK-roh-sangkt  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. hallowed, holy or sacred 2. one that is uninfringeable or inviolable   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   All the sacrosanct objects were kept in a safe and rarely displayed to the public.


Innocuous [ i-NOK-yoo-uh’ s ] [ adjective ] MEANING : 1. not harmful or injurious 2. inoffensive, insipid, uninspiring or not stimulating USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : It was unfortunate that the diplomat's innocuous remarks caused such consternation.


Fortuitous [ fawr-TOO-i-tuh' s, -TYOO- ] [ adjective ] MEANING : accidentally lucky or fortunate USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He suspected that the similarity between the paintings may not be simply fortuitous.


Despondent [ di-SPON-duh' nt ] [ adjective ] MEANING : 1. sad, hopeless or dejected 2. discouraged or disheartened USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : She grew more and more despondent after being diagnosed with cancer.


Peremptory [ puh’-REMP-tuh’-ree, PER-uh’ mp-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ] [ adjective ] MEANING : 1. insisting on immediate attention or obedience, especially in a brusquely imperious way. 2. (law) one that cannot be questioned, changed or denied 3. assertive in behaviour 4. urgent or commanding in nature USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Just do it!’ came the peremptory reply from the commander.


Pedagogue [ PED-uh’-gog, -gawg ] [ noun ] MEANING : a strict or formal educator or teacher USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He was a brilliant pedagogue and his classes were always packed to capacity.


minatory [ MIN-uh’-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ] [ adjective ] MEANING : threatening, alarming or ominous USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The minatory way in which the young men approached the elderly man signalled their intentions.


Inadvertent [ in-uh’ d-VUR-tnt ] [ adjective ] MEANING : heedless, careless or not intentional USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : His inadvertent remarks during the meeting earned him a censure from his boss.


Fickle [ FIK-uh' l ] [ adjective ] MEANING : inconstant, changeable or lacking steadfastness USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The fashion industry is very fickle and sometimes the things you hate the most end up inspiring you.


Coterie [ KOH-tuh'-ree ] [ noun ] MEANING : a faction or group of people with a similar interest or purpose; a clique USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The coterie of astronomers, physicists and engineers feel that the day of mass space tourism is not far away.


Charlatan [ SHAHR-luh'-tn ] [ noun ] MEANING : A person who pretends to possess more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The field of astrology is filled with charlatans. Whoever promises a quick and easy solution is either a fool, a charlatan or a demagogue.


Imperturbable  [  im-per-TUR- buh’-buh’ l  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   composed, calm or impassive   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The constant jibes from his colleagues failed to disturb his imperturbable composure.


Perennial  [  puh’-REN-ee-uh’ l  ] [  noun, adjective  ] MEANING : 1. (adj.) existing throughout the year 2. (adj.) persisting for a very long time 3. (adj.) recurrent or perpetual 4. (n.) a plant that is perennial in nature 5. (n.) a recurrent phenomenon or thing USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The perennial tropical climate of Florida makes it an attractive destination for tourists from more temperate regions.


Inane  [  i-NEYN  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. vacant, insubstantial or empty 2. silly, stupid or foolish USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The journalist's inane questions irritated the visiting Head of state.


Impassive  [  im-PAS-iv  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. apathetic, expressionless or insensible 2. placid, serene or calm   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The Headmaster's impassive face did not reveal what punishment he had in store for the errant school boy.


Induct [ in-DUHKT ] [ transitive verb ] MEANING : 1. to install formally or ceremoniously in office 2. to bring in as a new member 3. to draft or force into military service 4. to initiate or introduce to a new procedure USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He held a large chunk of the company's stock so they inducted him on the board as an honorary director.

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