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Aversion

Aversion [ uh'-VUR-zhuh' n, -shuh' n ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a deep repugnance, dislike or antipathy
2. the cause of repugnance or dislike
3. an evasion or dodging of something unpleasantUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She had a deep seated aversion towards sea food.

Vapid

Vapid [ VAP-id ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. insipid, dull, tasteless or lifeless
2. boring, uninteresting or lacking zestUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The novel was described as a vapid read.

Composure

Composure [ kuh' m-POH-zher ][ noun ]MEANING :calmness, serenity or tranquility of mind, manner or appearanceUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The control and composure exhibited by her during the phase was exemplary.

Tepid

Tepid [ TEP-id ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. lukewarm or barely warm
2. half-hearted or devoid of enthusiasm, zeal or passionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The tepid tea was sent back to the kitchen to be reheated.

Tribute

Tribute [ TRIB-yoot ][ noun ]MEANING :1. An act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration.
2. Payment made periodically by one state or ruler to another, especially as a sign of dependence.
3. A proportion of ore or its equivalent, paid to a miner for his work, or to the owner or lessor of a mine.USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :A fitting tribute to the soldiers was planned on their return.

Opportunist

Opportunist [ op-er-TOO-niz-uh’ m, -TYOO- ][ noun ]MEANING :one who takes complete advantage of an opportunity irrespective of whether it goes against ones principles or ethicsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The police were convinced that those responsible were organised car thieves and not opportunists.

Collude

Collude [ kəˈl(j)uːd][ verb ]MEANING :1. Cooperate in a secret or unlawful way in order to deceive or gain an advantage over others.
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The president accused his opponents of colluding with foreigners

Anomaly

Anomaly [ uh'-NOM-uh'-lee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. divergence or deviation from a rule or form
2. something that is strange odd or peculiar
3. (astronomy) the angular deviation of a planet orbiting the Sun from its perihelion (as observed from the Sun)USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The case was termed as an anomaly and filed for future reference.

Subliminal

Subliminal [ suhb-LIM-uh’-nl ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. functioning or operating well below the threshold of consciousness
2. inadequate or insufficient to produce sensation or cause stimulusUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :There were accused of using subliminal messages on television to sell their products.

Constituent

constituent [ kuh' n-Stich-oo-uh' nt ]

GRAMMAR: [ noun, adjective ]
MEANING :1. (n.) a component or an important part
2. (n.) one who is part of a constituency
3. (n.) one who can authorize another to vote or act on behalf of himself or herself
4. (n.) an element that is part of a grammatical construction
5. (adj.) one who is empowered to vote or appoint
6. (adj.) one who has the authority to revise a constitution
7. (adj.) composing or forming something
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Milk is a constituent of a healthy breakfast.

USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :His mobile phone and Blackberry were seized and his Parliamentary email account - used by many of his 75,000 constituents to communicate with their MP - had been suspended.

Surmount

Surmount [ ser-MOUNT ][ verb ]MEANING :1. to exceed, overcome, conquer or prevail over
2. to rise to the top of
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He had surmounted many formidable hardships to reach where he is today.

Surmise

Surmise [ v. ser-MAHYZ; n. ser-MAHYZ, SUR-mahyz ][ verb, noun]MEANING :1. (v.) to infer or suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it.
2. (n.) a supposition that something may be true, even though there is no evidence to confirm it.USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Soon after entering the venue he surmised that something must be wrong.

Surly

Surly [ SUR-lee ]
adjective ]
MEANING :
1. ill-tempered, rude or churlish
2. threatening or menacing
3. dismal or gloomy
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
His surly temper made everyone wary of him.

Supercilious

Supercilious [ soo-per-SIL-ee-uh's ] [ adjective ] MEANING : behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others haughty, arrogant or disdainfully contemptuous USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Her supercilious attitude lost her many friends.

Sully

Sully [ SUHL-ee ] [ verb ] MEANING : 1. (verb) to damage, taint, or defile the purity or integrity of USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : His reputation was sullied by gossip mongers.

Succulent

Succulent [ SUHK-yuh’-luh ’nt ] [ adjective, noun ] MEANING : 1. (adj.) (of food) tender, juicy, and tasty
2. (adj.) (of a plant) having fleshy and thick tissues that are capable of storing water
3. (n.) a plant that is succulent USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The succulent steak is considered to be a delicacy.

Indicative

Indicative [ in-DIK-uh’-tiv ] [ adjective, noun ] MEANING : 1. (adj.) Serving as a sign or indication of something
2. (adj.) Denoting a mood of verbs expressing simple statement of a fact.
3. (n.) a verb in the indicative mood USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : Having recurrent dreams is not necessarily indicative of any psychological problem.


Intermittent

Intermittent [ in-ter-MIT-nt ] [ adjective ] MEANING : Occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady. USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The match was cancelled due to intermittent rain.

Inception

Inception [ in-SEP-shuh’ n ] [ noun ] MEANING : The establishment or starting point of an institution or activity USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The project was a disaster since its inception.

Fraudulent

Fraudulent [ FRAW-juh'-luh' nt ] [ adjective ] MEANING : 1. Obtained, done by, or involving deception, especially criminal deception USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : The police believed the documents were stolen over a period of time, or might have been obtained by fraudulent means.



Flaunt

Flaunt [ flawnt ] [ verb ] MEANING : 1. Display (something) ostentatiously, especially in order to provoke envy or admiration or to show defiance USAGE EXAMPLE 1 : She is a humble person who does not believe in flaunting her wealth.

Equivocal

Equivocal [ i-KWIV-uh'-kuh' l ]
[ adjective ]
MEANING :
1. Open to more than one interpretation or ambiguous
2. Uncertain or questionable in nature
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
The equivocal nature of her remarks posed more questions.

Microcosm

Microcosm [ MAHY-kruh’-koz-uh’ m ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a miniature of the world or universe
2. a human or society that can be considered as an epitome of the universe or worldUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :They built a microcosm as part of their science project.

Infantile

Infantile [ IN-fuh’ n-tahyl, -til ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. childish, babyish or immature
2. pertaining to or of infancy or infantsUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His infantile behaviour lost him his promotion.

Immune

Immune [ i-MYOON ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) protected, exempt or free esp. from a disease
2. (adj.) pertaining to or of the immune system
3. (adj.) unresponsive or not affected by something
4. (n.) one who has an immunity to somethingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His immune system was weak.

Chauvinist

Chauvinist [ SHOH-vuh'-nyst ][ noun ]MEANING :1. one who believes that his own race, nationality or religion are superior to those of others
2. one's prejudiced belief that one's gender is superior to the opposite sex
3. an aggressive or belligerent nationalistUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was considered a chauvinist by almost the entire female population of the office.

Trepidation

Trepidation [ trep-i-DEY-shuh'n ][ noun ]MEANING :1. fear or apprehension
2. tremor or a sudden, quivering motionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She trembled with trepidation.

Corrugate

Corrugate [ v.KAWR-uh'-geyt,KOR; adj.KAWR-uh'-git,-geyt,KOR- ][ adjective, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to wrinkle or bend or dram into folds
2. (intr.v.) to contract into grooves or ridges or to wrinkle
3. (adj.) furrowed or wrinkledUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The metal sheets were corrugated according to specifications.

Steadfast

Steadfast [ STED-fast, -fahst, -fuh’ st ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. faithful or unswervingly, unwaveringly loyal
2. steady, firm or constantUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He was considered to be a steadfast and brave soldier.

Monotony

Monotony [ muh’-NOT-n-ee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. wearisome uniformity or sameness
2. continuous or repetitive use of the same tone without any variationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The monotony of his job made him lose interest.

Torpid

Torpid [ TAWR-pid ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. numb or having no sensation of motion
2. hibernating or dormant
3. inactive or sluggishUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Her torpid fingers were frozen solid because of the cold.
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