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Luscious  [  LUHSH-uh’ s  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. sweet, delicious or extremely gratifying 2. having a strong sensual or seductive appeal 3. voluptuous or physically arousing   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The luscious display of assorted flavours of ice-creams attracted the kids.


Revulsion  [  ri-VUHL-shuh’ n  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : 1. A sense of disgust and loathing 2. (medicine) The drawing of disease or blood congestion from one part of the body to another USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The news of the attack was met with sorrow and revulsion.


Pacifist  [  PAS-uh’-fist  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : 1. A person who believes that war and violence are unjustifiable. USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The pacifist movement is gaining increasing support among young people.


Kismet  [  KIZ-mit, -met, KIS-  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : destiny or fate USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : She owed her success to hard work instead of her kismet.


Pertinent  [  PUR-tn-uh’ nt  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : relevant, applicable or directly connected to a particular matter USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : She asked me a lot of very pertinent questions.


Plebeian  [  pli-BEE-uh’ n  ] [  noun, adjective  ] MEANING : 1. (n.)   a commoner or one belonging to the lower class; especially in ancient Rome 2. (adj.) Of or belonging to the lower social classes. 3. (adj.) lacking refinement USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He is a man of plebeian tastes.


Pandemic  [  pan-DEM-ik  ] [  noun, adjective  ] MEANING : 1. (adj.) widespread; occurring over or affecting a very large area 2. (n.) a widespread disease or epidemic USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The pandemic nature of the flu is causing people to panic.


Myriad  [  MIR-ee-uh’ d  ] [  noun, adjective  ] MEANING : 1. (n.) A countless or extremely great number of people or things. 2. (n.) (archaic) ten thousand 3. (adj.) Countless or extremely great in number. 4. (adj.) multifaceted USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He gazed at the myriad lights of the city.


Loathe  [  lohth’  ] [  verb  ] MEANING : to detest, despise or hate USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : An intensely private man, he loathes the press.


Slovenly  [  SLUHV-uh’ n-lee  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. (especially of a person or their appearance) untidy and dirty 1.1(especially of a person or action) careless; excessively casual. USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He had many admirers despite his slovenly appearance. SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMPLE: ( Please note that social media examples may not be grammatically perfect, however it would give you an idea, on how people are using it in real world ) Sometimes it pays to be slovenly. This beautiful poppy has popped up amongst the weeds by my back door. — Geraldine Rowe (@GeraldineRowe) June 20, 2019


Sapient  [  SEY-pee-uh’ nt  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. sagacious, wise or intelligent 2. pertaining to or of humans viz. homo sapiens USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Her sapient inputs made the presentation a success.


Reminiscence  [  rem-uh’-NIS-uh’ ns  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   1. recollection of certain ideas that may have been known in a prior existence 2. a remembrance, recollection or memory of something experienced in the past 3. one that reminds of or is suggestive of another   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   His reminiscence of past happenings spooked his family.


Mishap  [  MIS-hap, mis-HAP  ]   [  noun  ]   MEANING :   an accident, misfortune or bad luck   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The mishap was caused due to the negligence of the driver.


Indomitable  [  in-DOM-i-tuh’-buh’ l  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : invincible, unconquerable or unyielding USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Out of the wreckage of war sometimes come uplifting tales of the indomitable human spirit.


Jaded  [  JEY-did  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : wearied, bored, dulled or fatigued USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : His World Cup exertions left him more mentally jaded than straining physically.


Solace  [  SOL-is  ] [  transitive verb  ] MEANING : 1. (tr.v.) to comfort someone or cheer someone up 2. (tr.v.) to allay or relieve someone of their misery or grief 3. (n.) comfort, alleviation or consolation 4. (n.) a source of alleviation, comfort or consolation USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : She has been the source of solace and consolation for the family of the martyr.


Sportive  [  SPAWR-tiv, SPOHR-  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. playful or light-hearted 2. pertaining to or of sports 3. (archaic.) wanton, amorous or ardent 4. (biology) mutative USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : People did not take him seriously because of his sportive attitude. 


Scintilla  [  sin-TIL-uh’  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : 1. A tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling. USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : There hasn’t been a scintilla of evidence against the politician.


Somber  [  SOM-ber  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. Dark or dull in colour or tone 2. Having or conveying a feeling of deep seriousness and sadness USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : His somber expression indicated that the operation had been unsuccessful.


Sedition  [  si-DISH-uh’ n  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : Conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority or a government USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He was arrested on charges of sedition.


Rife  [  rahyf  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. widespread or prevalent 2. abundant, copious or in plenty USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The air was rife with speculation about the match.


Saunter  [  SAWN-ter, SAHN-  ] [  transitive verb  ] MEANING : 1. (tr.v.) to walk or stroll in a relaxed manner or with a gentle gait 2. (n.) a relaxed, gentle gait 3. (n.) a stroll or unhurried, relaxed walk USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He sauntered around the park to gain her attention.


Serendipity  [  ser-uh’ n-DIP-i-tee  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : 1. an instance or phenomenon where good luck or fortune is found accidentally 2. an aptitude or gift of accidentally finding good luck or fortune USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : One of the nicest things about traveling is the part that serendipity plays in our adventures.


Nosegay  [  NOHZ-gey  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : a small bunch of flowers USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : He presented his fiance with a colourful nosegay. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : Three different bouquet styles Peggy will have to choose from are hand-tied, nosegay and trailing.


Mellifluous  [  muh’-LIF-loo-uh’ s  ] [  adjective  ] MEANING : 1. having a sweet, smooth flow; pleasing to hear 2. sweetened, as if with honey USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Her mellifluous voice made her a popular news anchor. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : Peter Shaffer, for example, will talk with a mellifluous fluency, Harold Pinter will talk in everyday conversation with a sometimes jerky hesitancy.


Paucity  [  PAW-si-tee  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : smallness or scarcity of quantity USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The paucity of evidence against the accused meant that the court could not succeed in convicting him. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : Archaeologists emphasize cultural development, while anthropologists are more hip to genes and favor genetic interpretation. Wade naturally favors genes, though he admits the paucity of evidence.


Rapier  [  REY-pee-er  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : a thin two-edged sword used for thrusting USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Fencing is a sport which makes use of the rapier. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : The notes on these speeches are at variance on a supposed anachronism committed by Shakespeare in introducing the  rapier  in the time of Henry the Fourth.


Nostrum  [  NOS-truh’ m  ] [  noun  ] MEANING : 1. a favourite scheme for solving social and political problems 2. a medicine whose ingredients are a secret and its effectiveness is unproved USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The nostrum for cough sold by roadside quacks can have unpleasant side effects. USAGE EXAMPLE 2 : And it came from the astonishing nostrum that a liberal, black first-term senator could overturn the biggest machine, the biggest name and the biggest dynasty in Democratic party politics.

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