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hiatus [ noun ]

MEANING : 1. a break, gap or interruption 2. an aperture or passage in an organ 3. a temporary halt in pronunciation when two successive vowels are present in adjacent words or syllables USAGE : That eight-year interval may be the longest reproductive hiatus of any mammal. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Cheryl Knott, Biological Anthropologist.

enjoin [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. to prescribe or impose authoritatively 2. to prevent, prohibit or refrain by a judicial order USAGE : I enjoin the media, the fans and players to give maximum support to the Super Eagles because that is what they need to succeed. BBC, Nigeria coach Amodu slams critics, By Oluwashina Okeleji, Sunday, 13 April 2008

foist [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. to insert or introduce fraudulently 2. to pass off something fake as something genuine 3. to impose without proper justification USAGE : When he made it mandatory for all teachers and students of ABE schools to show up on the morning of August 15, a few teachers actually protested the decision with lawyers notices stating thatIndependence Day was a public holiday and the board could not foist them with flag hoisting. THE TIMES OF INDIA, Parents, teachers too want a holiday, 15 Aug 2008, Anahita Mukherji,TNN

askance [ adverb ]
MEANING : 1. glance obliquely or sideways 2. to observe suspiciously USAGE : No longer does society look askance at single parents who might be so as they never married, or are divorced or lost a partner. The Times Of India, Parent Parochialism, 19 Sep 2008

epicure [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. a connoisseur of food and wine 2. one who enjoys sensual pleasure and living USAGE : Proof that Montreal is an epicure's dream: Les Touilleurs (152 Ave. Laurier Ouest; 514/278-0008) in Mile End, where marble counters are piled with cooking implements, including Quebecer Tom Littledeer's maple spoons and spatulas. CNN, Montreal's moment, By Amy Farley, September 6, 2007

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imperious [ adjective ]

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dominant, domineering or haughty USAGE : If he was to cast an imperious gaze at the Department of Trade and Industry he might note its failure to galvanise the regions of England in sharing proportionately in the nation's wealth. BBC, Kilfoyle: Time to reward the faith, Peter Kilfoyle MP, 1 March, 2001

patrician [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (n.) an aristocrat or a person belonging to a noble family, especially in ancient Rome 2. (n.) a well-bred person who has good tastes and manners 3. (adj.) aristocratic4. (adj.)charasteristic or a pertaining to a noble or patrician USAGE : The great nothingness that the great patrician signifies in today's Phulpur is best symbolised by the ruins of Vaidji's house that Nehru made his home here. The Times of India, Nehru's Phulpur fails to keep its tryst, Gautam Siddharth,TNN, 10 Aug 2008

natal [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. accompanying or pertaining to one's birth 2. related to one's birthplace or time of birth 3. native USAGE : Reipurth figures the star is a relative newborn, deeply embedded in its own natal cloud. CNN, Amateur finds new nebula with small telescope, By Robert Roy Britt, February 23, 2004

machination [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. a cunning plot or scheme an instance of plotting USAGE : This steep increase in land value is not the machination of realtors, but a negative land price hike effected by the stamps and registration department. THE TIMES OF INDIA, Land rate up 3000 per cent, 24 Mar 2008, S Kushala,TNN

ingratiate [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. to curry favor by pleasing or flattering USAGE : To the best that one can figure out, he seems to have only used his power to further ingratiate himself to the political power structure in the country. The Times of India, LEADER ARTICLE: Cast In Our Likeness, Harsh V Pant, 21 May 2008

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inimical [ noun ]
MEANING : adverse, harmful, unfriendly or hostile

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USAGE : There's no better or more immediate evidence supporting theDarwinian theory than this

process of forced transformation among our inimical germs. National Geographic, Was Darwin Wrong?, By David Quammen

malapropism [ noun ]
MEANING : misuse of words, especially similar sounding ones, to create humour USAGE : The president had been practicing, and the malapropism just slipped out ahead of schedule. abcNEWS, Bush Loosens Up With Press, By Ann Compton, W A S H I N G T O N, March 29

neophyte [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. a novice, amateur or beginner 2. someone newly baptized or converted USAGE : McCain regained some of the buzz with his choice of Sarah Palin, 44, a maverick Republican neophyte who was not even on the shortlist of candidates that at one time included the Indian-American governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal. The Times of India, McCain picks Sarah Palin, little known Alaska governor, as VP running mate, Chidanand Rajghatta, Aug 30, 2008

peccadillo [ noun ]
MEANING : an insignificant or trivial sin, flaw or mistake USAGE : "Part of the problem now is that people seem to be more aware of his peccadilloes than any actions that he has taken to make the city better since he was elected." Los Angels Times, Villaraigosa affair may not be one to remember, By Steve Hymon and Duke Helfand, July 7, 2007

impertinent [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. insolent, disrespectful or brash 2. inappropriate or irrelevant USAGE : Thats the trouble: the millions of people who want to look at the pictures of Miss Middleton and engage in impertinent speculations about whether she will one day be Queen of England. Telegraph, A Royal fate, By Andrew Gimson, 11/01/2007

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imperturbable [ adjective ]
MEANING : composed, calm or impassive

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USAGE : Nor have the wild gyrations of Amazons share price over the past year caused its founder and chief executive to lose sleep. Mr Bezos manages to be simultaneously both bouncy and imperturbable. The Economist, Amazons delta, Nov 18th 1999

pedagogue [ noun ]
MEANING : a strict or formal educator or teacher USAGE : All claim of having teaching staff with high pedagogue skills. The Times of India, Educational opportunities open up, Swati Khanwalkar,TNN, 28 Nov 2003

nether [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. lower, below or under 2. positioned below or under the surface of the earth 3. infernal USAGE : This nether world runs just below the surface of the world of bedecked and manipulative brides, and is defined by superstition, black magic, occult, witchcraft, planchette, rebirth and evil spirits. The Times of Inda, Dark deeds of another worls invades TV, Piali Banerjee, Nov 30, 2003

malcontent [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (n.) a disgruntled or displeased person 2. (adj.) disgruntled, displeased or dissatisfied USAGE : That bothers Rich "Downtown" Brown, a wiry chain-smoking malcontent. National Geographic, ZipUSA: 33856, By Melba Newsome

innocuous [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. not harmful or injurious 2. inoffensive, insipid, uninspiring or not stimulating USAGE : By using an innocuous virus derived from HIV, scientists at theCalifornia Institute of Technology have developed a new way of giving animals genes from other organisms to produce specific traits. National Geographic, Fluorescent Mice Herald Gene-Transfer Breakthrough, D.L. Parsell, January 11, 2002

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inscrutable [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. mysterious, enigmatic or obscure 2. difficult to understand or interpret

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USAGE : Ever since that decisive No. 1 draft in the NBA, Yao has become China's most famous sports icon, projecting an image of youth, vigor and greatness to a Western world that had long viewed the Chinese as "inscrutable". CNN, Shooting high, bouncing back: Yao Ming, August 6, 2008

malefactor [ noun ]

1. a criminal, evildoer, felon, or one who harms another USAGE : Offences involving food adulteration are non-cognisable and result in minimal fine. The malefactor is free to go back to his illicit trade with impunity. DNA, Good Move, January 15, 2008

nettle [ noun, transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. (n.) a plant belonging to genus Urtica which comprises plants that have stinging hair 2. (tr. v.) to annoy, exasperate or irritate USAGE : Spring is the best time to pick nettle tops as they are at their most tender, but they can be picked at any time of year, provided you use young leaves. Telegraph, A stinging riposte to supermarket prices, 21/04/2007

pedant [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning. 2. a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details. 3. a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense. USAGE : His decision sparked an ongoing squabble -- often cast as a battle between numbercrunching pedants and free-spirited pragmatists -- over when centuries and millennia begin and end. CNN, Is this the real millennium?, By Douglas Herbert, CNN.comEurope writer, January 1, 2001

implausible [ adjective ]
MEANING : improbable, inconceivable, unlikely or unbelievable USAGE : Repeatedly making economically implausible arguments about the efficiency of government-run drug pricing, or plucking artificial windfalls from thin air, won't make Part D, a good program, work any better," Davis said. abcNews, Democrats See Drugmaker Windfall From Medicare, By Georgina Coolidge, July 24, 2008

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impolitic [ adjective ]
MEANING : unwise, imprudent or not expedient

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USAGE : Mr Mori was infamous for such impolitic remarks during his 2000-2001 leadership. BBC, Japan's gaffe-prone politicians, 4 June, 2004

insolent [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. proud, disrespectful or impudent 2. overbearing or arrogant 3. one who is insolent USAGE :

"Bush, the dwarf, has surprised us again with his insolent statement, accusing countries which have suffered from the aggressive, arrogant policy of his country," said Babel, run by President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday. Telegraph, Iraqi press throws insults at Bush, 02 Feb 2002

malodorous [ adjective ]
MEANING : having a foul, offensive or bad smell USAGE : Eddie Ortega, the director of Del Rio's Community Health Service Center, said there's an unusually high number of the malodorous creatures running around these days. abcNEWS, Texas Border Town Faces Skunk Infestation, DEL RIO, TexasJuly 31, 2008

niggardly [ adjective, adverb ]

MEANING : 1. (adj.) miserly, stingy or petty when spending 2. (adv.) like a niggard USAGE : India might get its own poor lawa prospect the niggardly Victorians could not contemplate without serious apprehension. Economist, Employment guarantees in India, Jan 27th 2005

pejorative [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (adj.) derogatory, insulting or belittling 2. (adj.) worsening or declining 3. noun an expression or word that is pejorative or derogatory in nature USAGE : When governments are described as pursuing populist policies the adjective is often intended to be pejorative. The Herald, A punishing schedule, August 23 2007

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importune [ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
MEANING : 1. (tr. v.) to beg, urge or demand repeatedly 2. (intr. v.) to immorally request or make advances

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USAGE : But there was no question ever of the Centre or the state government engaging its spokesmen or despatching interlocutors to importune them for meetings. The Times of India, THE LEADER ARTICLE: Valley's New Voice: Hurriyat Doesn't Represent Kashmiri Aspirations, Anand K Sahay, 7 Dec 2004

insurgent [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (adj.) rebellious, opposed to authority or mutinous 2. (n.) one who indulges in insurgent activities or one who revolts against authority USAGE : Yet on Thursday, on Thai television a man claiming to represent 11 insurgent groups announced an immediate ceasefire. BBC, Thai insurgents 'call ceasefire' , By Jonathan Head, 17 July 2008

maudlin [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. tearfully or weakly emotional 2.mawkish or sentimental especially under the influence of alcohol USAGE : One of the best impassioned outcries comes from a maudlin columnist in the Salt Lake City Tribune. Chronicles magazine, Suleymen the Murderer, by Thomas Fleming

obloquy [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. condemnatory, derogatory or abusive language 2. disgrace or denunciation suffered due to abuse USAGE : Imagine the obloquy which would have been heaped on theMetropolitan police if it had not involved the CPS at an early stage. BBC, UK: The toughest case, April 26, 2002

pensive [ adjective ]
MEANING : thoughtful especially when sad or gloomy USAGE : Suresh Nanda told TOI that the incident had made his son pensive over the years. The Times of India, My son lost his youth in trial, Smriti Singh, 6 Sep 2008

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impregnable [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. unassailable, invincible or unconquerable 2. capable of being impregnated

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USAGE : A weekend poll giving the Conservatives a 7% lead over Labour and their best showing since before Black Wednesday merely illustrates what we already knew: that the floating voters of the English marginals want to be reassured that their expensive homes are as impregnable against the tax collector as any castle. The Herald, Simple steps to regain trust

insurrection [ noun ]
MEANING : a rebellion, uprising or revolt against authority USAGE : The imprisoned East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao has called for a popular insurrection against Indonesia. BBC, World: Asia-Pacific Timorese leader calls for 'rebellion', April 5, 1999

mawkish [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. sentimental, emotional or mushy 2. Having an insipid or nauseating taste USAGE :

"Friendship is like a China cup, precious rich and rare, once broken can be mended, but the crack is always there" goes a piece of maudlin prose that has found its way into many autograph books. Mawkish, but no less true for that. THE TIMES OF INDIA, Circle of friends, 26 Aug 2007

obsequy [ noun ]
MEANING : a funeral or ceremony after one passes away USAGE : When Powell died, in March of last year, at the age of ninety-four, the New York Times Book Review devoted a "Bookend" column to the obsequy, written by Ferdinand Mount, the editor of the Times Literary Supplement and Powell's nephew by marriage. The Atlantic, An Omnivorous Curiosity, by Christopher Hitchens

perdition [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. destruction, damnation or ruin 2. Hell USAGE : In it, he saw a train carrying innumerable people to perdition, and its meaning was unveiled to him as representing the Nazis," it says. abc News, Catholic Church Beatifies WWII Objector, Catholic Church Beatifies WWII Objector, October 26, 2007

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inadvertent [ adjective ]
MEANING : heedless, careless or not intentional

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USAGE : Most of its customers are Western retailers worried about the bad publicity an inadvertent purchase of illegal logs might bring. The Economist, Forestry: Protected by bars, Mar 6th 2008

inter [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : entomb or bury USAGE : He was interred in a tomb that was never intended for a king. The Times of India, Curse in Reverse, 10 November 2007

minatory [ adjective ]
MEANING : threatening, alarming or ominous USAGE : These sound minatory, but as Japans population starts to decline due to the low birthrate, and its number of elderly swell, robots are seen as a solution. Economist, Domo arigato, Mr Roboto, Dec 12th 2007

obstinate [ adjective ]

1. stubborn, unyielding or mulish 2. difficult to treat or alleviate 3. persistent or refractory USAGE : Combine the obstinate mind-set with the strength of a seven-year old chimpfour to eight times as strong as an adult humanand that is a recipe for trouble, Fouts said. National Geographic, Goodall Group Calls for Curtain on Ape "Actors", Jennifer Hile, February 13, 2004

peremptory [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. that cannot be challenged, refused or changed 2. dictatorial or imperative 3. (law) one that cannot be questioned, changed or denied 4. assertive in behaviour 5. urgent or commanding in nature USAGE : While he still makes placatory noises about the Left, his erstwhile allies are yet to stop smarting from the peremptory manner in which they were asked to get off the bus. The Times of India, Terror, inflation may dampen N-celebrations, Rajeev Deshpande,TNN, 3 Oct 2008

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impassive [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. apathetic, expressionless or insensible 2. placid, serene or calm

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USAGE : Much of the credit for this must go to the performers, particularly the soprano Susan Bickley, whose bleached-out impassive tone was the perfect counterfoil to the music's fevered intensity. Telegraph, Bold programming delivers naivety and intensity, 26/01/2004.

inane [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. vacant, insubstantial or empty 2. silly, stupid or foolish USAGE : Although Australian Wayne Grady has never been one of my favourite sports commentators, the former golf pro sank even lower in my esteem with his inane remark about the heavy Scots accent of Bob Torrance, who coaches Open champion Padraig Harrington. The Herald, Grady should kept his antipodean antics quiet

interloper [ noun ]
MEANING : one who meddles, trespasses or intrudes USAGE : Germany took the upper hand in the occupation of Ukrainian territory, and had no wish for a Habsburg interloper as ruler there. Telegraph, Dead dreams of kingship, Noel Malcolm reviews The Red Prince by Timothy Snyder, 27/06/2008

mirth [ noun ]
MEANING : gaeity, happiness or amusement USAGE : This barrel chested striker was the subject of much mirth by way of a famous old music hall ditty. The Herald, Who Was He?, JAMES PORTEOUS and JAMES MORGAN, June 04 2007

perennial [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (adj.) existing throughout the year<>br/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 : According to data from NASA's QuikSCAT satellite, between 2004 and 2005 the Arctic lost an unprecedented 14 percent of its perennial sea ice (shown in white) some 280,000 square miles (725,000 square kilometers), or an area the size of Texas. National Geographic, Photo in the News: Arctic Ice Melting Rapidly, Study Shows, Aalok Mehta , September 14, 2006

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incontrovertible [ adjective ]
MEANING : indisputable, indubitable or authentic

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USAGE : UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he has seen evidence of an "incontrovertible link" between Osama Bin Laden and the US terror attacks. BBC, Blair certain of Bin Laden guilt, 30 September, 2001

interminable [ adjective ]
MEANING : endless or excruciatingly long USAGE : All of these lies were designed to tie American down in interminable wars in the Middle East for Israels benefit. Chronicles Magazine, War Without End, by Paul Craig Roberts

missive [ noun ]
MEANING : written correspondence or letter USAGE : Hunched over a spiral notebook, she wrote page after page, a missive to the beyond. National Geographic, Field Notes : Rick Atkinson.

onerous [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. arduous, burdensome or oppressive 2. legal obligations overshadowing advantages USAGE :

We are talking about a standard verification package. This is not onerous; this is not unusual in terms of trying to verify activities that may have taken place. CNN, U.S. envoy to travel to N. Korea for nuclear talks, From Charley Keyes, September 29, 2008

pernicious [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. injurious, harmful or destructive 2. (archaic) evil, malicious or wicked 3. deadly or fatal USAGE : Apparently, Frum is unaware that TR declared, Thank God I am not a free trader. Pernicious indulgence in the doctrine of free trade seems inevitably to produce fatty degeneration of the moral fibre. Chronicles magzine, David Frum Blames America First, by Tom Piatak

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inculcate [ transitive verb ]
MEANING : to instill, teach or impress by repeating frequently

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USAGE : Perhaps with reference to the Taiwan Strait crisis, Hu urged media and propaganda workers to inculcate among the public ideas and artistic work that "will be beneficial to the unity of the Chinese race, the unification of the motherland, and the cohesiveness of the people." CNN, Maoist revival challenges reform efforts, By Senior China Analyst Willy Wo-Lap Lam, December 23, 2003

inundate [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. deluge or to flood 2. to overwhelm or engulf especially with work USAGE : Officials said areas in which hurricane Rita inundated 10,000 homes in 2005 were vulnerable again. abcNEWS, Hundreds of Homes Flood as Ike Passes Louisiana, by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press Writer, LAKE CHARLES, La., September 12, 2008

modicum [ adjective ]
MEANING : a moderate or small amount USAGE : We must assume that Thompson and Rogers were both ordinary country lads who fancied a life with a modicum of excitement, a bit of a uniform, and a small but steady wage instead of being a farm hand. BBC, Abermule Disaster 1921, 24 April 2007

ordain [ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. (tr. v.) to endow or confer with authority 2. (tr. v.) to decree or appoint 3. (tr. v.) to predestine or prearrange

4. (intr. v.) to command or order (intr. v.) to appoint to endow or invest with authority USAGE : When women began to be ordained over a decade ago, conservative parishes were given an elaborate opt-out: instead of labouring under the episcopal oversight of a liberal, profemale-ordination type, they could choose to be in the care of a so-called flying bishop who would never foist a female vicar on them. Economist, When compromise fails, Jul 10th 2008

pert [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. saucy, bold or impudent 2. vivacious, stylish or chic 3. lively or stimulating USAGE : A husky voice began singing, a slight but pert figure ascended the stage and the guests went berserk. The Times of India, The big, fab Mittal wedding, Rashmee Z Ahmed & Ruchika Mehta,TNN, 22 Jun 2004

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incursion [ noun ]
MEANING : an invasion, inroad, intrusion or raid

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USAGE : Fearful that Moscow's recent armed incursion into Georgia suggests it is trying to regain control over its "near abroad", Mr Lukashenko is now urgently seeking to mend relations with the West, even hiring Lady Thatcher's former spin doctor, Tim Bell, for advice. Telegraph, Belarus dictator courts Europe before 'unfree and unfair' election, By Colin Freeman, 28 Sep 2008

invective [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (n.) a derogatory remark or insult, criticism or denunciation 2. (adj.) abusive, insulting or denunciatory USAGE : Yahoo! was throwing invectives right back, mocking Mr Icahns ignorance in matters technical. Economist, Icahnt, Jul 24th 2008, SAN FRANCISCO

mollify [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. to soothe or pacify 2. to mitigate or soften USAGE : The latest news may also mollify hawks on the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee who have been uncomfortable with interest rates being so low. Economist, Postpone the optimism, Sep 5th 2008

ossify [ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]


1. 2. 3. 4.

(tr.v.) to harden and transform to a bone (tr. v.) to be rigid or resist change and unconventionality (intr. v.) to change a bone by hardening (intr. v.) to be rigid or unconventional in beliefs and behaviour

USAGE : Economies that do not bring out the best in people will ossify and fall behind. BBC, UK Politics: Warring parties clash over elitism, June 3, 2000

pertinacious [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. stubborn, obstinate or unyielding 2. resolute or tenacious USAGE : In travelling, there is nothing like dissecting people's statements, which are usually coloured by their estimate of the powers or likings of the person spoken to, making all reasonable inquiries, and then pertinaciously but quietly carrying out one's own plans. Telegraph, Great adventurers - and greater storytellers, Michael Kerr, 12 Mar 2007

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indict [ transitive verb ]
MEANING : accuse, charge or prosecute

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USAGE : In 2006, while awaiting sentencing on the passport violations, he was indicted by a grand jury and charged with conspiring to commit torture, committing torture and the use of a firearm while committing a violent act in Liberia. CNN, Taylor Jr. to stand trial on charges of torture abroad, By John Couwels, September 27, 2008

inveigh [ intransitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. to speak out vehemently or protest bitterly USAGE : In England, at least, Black was something of a model proprietor, refusing to fire A.N. Wilson or Taki even after ugly public quarrels overIsrael, preferring, instead, to inveigh against them and his myriad other enemies in the pages of his publications. Chronicles Magazine, The Fall of Lord Blackadder and Lady Manolo (of Blahnik), by Kevin Michael Grace

mordant [ noun, adjective, transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. (adj.) caustic or bitingly sarcastic 2. (n.) a chemical used to fix a dye 3. (n.) a substance used for corrosion 4.(tr. v.) to treat by using a mordant USAGE : That he laces them with mordant humour and haunting grace notes merely highlights his uncommon genius. Telegraph, Import Export: a profoundly moral X-ray, Sukhdev Sandhu, 01/10/2008

ostensible [ adjective ]

1. apparent, appearing or representing 2. evident or obvious USAGE : U.S. officials say they can't discern Iran's motivations, citing the closed nature of the regime and ostensible differences between the country's hardline Islamic religious leaders, its Revolutionary Guardsand moderates. abc News, Analysis: US and Iran Appear on Collision Course, By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer, July 9, 2008

pertinent [ adjective ]
MEANING : relevant, applicable or directly connected to the current topic USAGE : Ritchie told CNN, "People seem to make films similar to my kind of films in New York, but they don't seem to in London. My expression of London is illustrated in what I find to be pertinent within the culture at that time, so I try to put that in my films, and no one else seems to be doing that." CNN, Rock 'n' roll Ritchie, By Mark Tutton, September 5, 2008

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indomitable [ adjective ]
MEANING : invincible, unconquerable or unyielding

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USAGE : The Firhill side's ability to make life difficult for themselves remains unsurpassed, but the indomitable spirit which so often proves their saviour was evident in abundance again last night. The Herald, Partick Thistle 1 - 1 Livingston, MARTIN GREIG, February 13 2008

jaded [ adjective ]
MEANING : wearied, bored, dulled or fatigued USAGE : Variously described as jaded and lacking belief in their futures"a burned generation," as Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi put itthey are increasingly leaving for Europe and elsewhere. National Geographic, Iran Archaeology

mores [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. Socially accepted customs and traditions 2. attitudes, ways or manners USAGE : With the print run nearing half a million, it is time for Chronicles to refocus on American culture in the proper sense of die Kultur, the sum of the life of a community and its mores. Chronicles magzine, Its 2028, and All Is Well: The Diary of an Aging Counterrevolutionary, by Srdja Trifkovic

overweening [ adjective ]

1. brash, arrogant or conceited excessive or overbearing USAGE : Despite its overweening ambition to re-write the rule book governing how multi-part TV crime yarns unfold, Mobile's first episode succeeded in being as attention-grabbing as it was implausible; as entertainingly complex as it was, from time to time, annoyingly daft. The Herald, Mixed-up messages on the mobey, DAVID BELCHER, March 26 2007

phlegmatic [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. cool, composed or calm 2. sluggish or unemotional 3. pertaining to phlegh USAGE : His long pony-tailed hair, designer stubble, phlegmatic demeanour, Bjorn Borg-like sinking to his knees after defeating Mark Philippoussis, not to mention his infectious tears of joy, lend him a magnetic appeal, which could do wonders for the following of tennis. The Times of India, Roger Federer has magnetic charm, ASHIS RAY, 20 Jul 2003

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indubitable [ adjective ]
MEANING : certain, unquestionable or definite

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USAGE : In sum, the enlightenment was a cultural synthesis, which arose from a scientific and industrial revolution, rather than a logical canon built from indubitable first principles which we cannot disown without sounding insane. The Times of India, Laptops & Liberalism, 30 May 2001

kismet [ noun ]
MEANING : fate, luck or destiny USAGE : The enchanting sound of the kora (African harp) played by Jali Fily Cissokho and the Eastern European tunes of Kismet could be heard in the Pitt Rivers, further enhancing the experience of exploring the ground floor collections by torchlight. University of Oxford, Late night event at Oxford museums, 19 May 08

moribund [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. in a near death condition2. stagnant or inactive USAGE : India's government is trying to kick some life back into its moribund privatisation programme, listing 13 state-owned firms that it hopes to sell off early next year. BBC, India hopes for speedier sell-offs, 28 September, 2001

pacifist [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. one who refrains from war and violence 2. one who refrains from joining military service because of his belief in pacifism USAGE :

The German Green Party has averted a crisis by voting against a pacifist move from its ranks to demand a permanent ceasefire inYugoslavia. BBC, World: Europe Greens back leader over Nato, May 13, 1999

pillory [ noun, transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. (n.) a device consisting of two parallel wooden boards with holes to lock the hands and legs of criminals and subject them to public scorn 2. (n.) a means for subjecting to public humiliation 3. (tr. v.) to subject to punishment by placing in a pillory (tr. v.) to subject to public humiliation or abuse USAGE : Did the government eventually agree to a mention of the "centrality" of the Kashmir issue and was it scotched at the last minute? is another loaded question that continues to hang in the air. There are no answers to these in the pronouncements of those who now pilloryPakistan for the failure of the summit. The Times of India, Summitas Entertainment: The great Indian soap trick, Shastri Ramchandran,TNN, 20 Jul 2001

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inexorable [ adjective ]
MEANING : unyielding, relentless or unmoved

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USAGE : Chinese officialdom and many ordinary citizens were furious: another petulant effort by Western foes to thwart Chinas inexorable rise. The Economist, Chinas dash for freedom, Jul 31st 2008

licentious [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. lewd, immoral or promiscuous 2. ignoring or disregarding rules and laws USAGE : His conduct to his Coadjutor Mr. Cogswell was compounded of all that was odious in ingratitude and bad faith, whilst for mere purposes of popularity, he has pushed the doctrines of Agrarianism & Dorrism to the most disgusting & licentious extent. Chronicles Magazine, What Is History? Part 4B, by Clyde N. Wilson

mote [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. (n.) a tiny speck or a tiny particle 2. (tr. v.) must (aux.v.) (archaic) might or may USAGE : There is a mote and beam problem here, however, that Scottish Nationalists regularly ignore. The Herald, Stop your greetin, Stephen Senn

paean [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. a song or hymn to thank or praise 2. a song sung in praise a deity in ancient Greece

USAGE : Indeed, Carl Perkins CadillacCooleys paean to the 1950s Memphis label Sun Recordscontains more quotable phrases than any other song in recent memory. Chronicles magzine, Soundtrack to the New Old South, by Robert Lurie

pittance [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. a scanty or meagre allowance or remuneration 2. a small monetary sum USAGE : The long-suffering shareholders of Northern Rock will likely receive a pittance in compensation in the wake of Chancellor Alistair Darling's announcement yesterday that the beleaguered mortgage lender is to be taken into temporary public ownership. The Herald, Buy-out will have a knock-on effect for borrowers, MARK SMITH, Deputy Business Editor, February 18 2008

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infallible [ adjective ]
MEANING : perfect, unerring or reliable

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USAGE : There's a need to get their stall in order before demanding payments in this way, as it would appear the system is not infallible. BBC, Call for direct debit safeguards, 31 March 2007

limpid [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. transparent, crystal clear 2. lucid and simple 3. Calm, serene or free of stress USAGE : Her mad scene is notable for limpid phrasing and crystalline high notes but most of all for long stretches of otherworldly calm, punctuated by an outburst of deranged laughter and one gut-wrenching scream. abcNEWS, Review: Dessay Shines as 'Lucia' in San Francisco, By MIKE SILVERMAN Associated Press Writer, SAN FRANCISCO June 22, 2008

motley [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (n.) a heterogeneous mixture or combination 2. a jester's parti-colored garb 3. (adj.) varied, heterogeneous or diverse USAGE : Arthur Wakefield described the team of porters on one early expedition as "a motley throng of old men, women, boys and girls." National Geographic, The Sherpas of Mount Everest, By Brian Handwerk, May 10, 2002

paltry [ adjective ]
MEANING : worthless, measly, trivial or inferior USAGE :

Mr McCain, most notably, has suggested suspending Americas relatively paltry tax on fuel to make life easier for motorists. Economist, Greener than thou, Oct 2nd 2008

placid [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. peaceful, tranquil or serene 2. complacent USAGE : In a further twist, the normally placid Switzerland announced on May 23 that it had secretly destroyed highly technical blueprints for producing nuclear weapons. CNN, Disgraced Pakistani scientist denies nuclear charge, June 5, 2008

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infernal [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. pertaining to hell 2. diabolical, fiendish or annoying

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USAGE : As Boston declared its first heat emergency, many utilities in New England expected to set power consumption records this week, especially as forecasters are not anticipating any break in the infernal conditions until the weekend. abcNews, Midwest, East Coast Baking, Aug. 8

lithe [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. flexed, supple or slender 2. effortlessly graceful or flexible USAGE : Joseph's lithe alto coos and growls above two tenors and seven basses that make soothing, rhythmic textures punctuated by breathy bursts. National Geographic, Iscathamiya, Banning Eyre.

multifarious [ adjective ]
MEANING : diverse, varied or versatile USAGE : What you will see is a very different kind of British jazz: thoroughly contemporary, bewilderingly multifarious, and on the face of it lacking any defining markers of Britishness. Telegraph, Was William Blake really the first star of British jazz?, 09/11/2006

panache [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. flair, style or flamboyance 2. a tuft or plume of tassles or feathers esp. on a cap or helmet a pendentive's surface (in architecture) USAGE : A disc containing CIA material, Malkovich's character is using to write his memoirs, falls into the hands of Pitt and McDormand who set out to blackmail him with all the panache of the Keystone Kops. abc News, Pitt, Clooney Dumb Down for Coens' `Burn', By DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie

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platitude [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. a banal or stale comment or remark 2. insipid or dull USAGE : Hamdan said that he hopes for Obama's promised platitude of change. "I hope he can give us a state," he said. "All the presidents who come just support Israel. It's always Israel, Israel, Israel -- all the time." abc News, Obama or McCain: Israel Debates, By SARA SORCHER, July 2, 2008

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infirmity [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. frailty or feebleness 2. foible or moral failing 3. ailment or malady

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USAGE : The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to consider as a matter or urgency whether to free a convicted French war criminal because of age and infirmity. BBC, Maurice Papon bids for freedom, 23 January 2001

loathe [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : to detest, despise or hate USAGE : While the political leadership of the US would be loathe to accept, let alone invite international intervention, it will argue that some action by the world community might be the only way to undo the damage to the rule of law in America. University of Oxford, Session 3: Charter 88, Constitutionalism and the Law: The Assault On Constitutionalism: A Cautionary Tale David Fagelson, American University, Washington D.C

myriad [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (n.) an enormous or incalculable number 2. (n.) (archaic) Ten thousand 3. (adj.) incalculable, indefinite or innumerable 4. (adj.) multifaceted USAGE : Computer users have a tendency to hoard, reluctant to cull the myriad files on their machines. BBC, De-clutter that home computer: Dot.life - where technology meets life, every Monday, By Mark Ward, 7 June, 2004

pandemic [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (adj.) widespread; occuring over or affecting a very large area 2. (n.) a widespread disease or epidemic USAGE : But if the virus mutates and a pandemic occurs, one-third of the U.S. population could

become infected and two million people may die, the plan estimates. National Geographic, Bird Flu -- What You Can Do to Be Prepared, Brian Handwerk, May 10, 2006

plebeian [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (adj.) pertaining to or of common people (especially in Rome) 2. (adj.) vulgar or coarse 3. (n.) one belonging to the lower class or common people especially in ancient Rome 4. (n.) one who is coarse or vulgar USAGE : In the two final tables, the provision was added to forbid intermarriage between patricians and plebeians. Chronicles magzine, Uncle Sams Harem II, by Thomas Fleming

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ingrate [ noun ]
MEANING : a thankless, ungrateful person

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USAGE : And should some commoner dare to disrespect himfail to obey an order or bump into his swordthe samurai has the right (rarely invoked) to kill the ingrate on the spot. National Geographic, Japan's way of the worrior, By Tom O'Neill,

lugubrious [ adjective ]
MEANING : sad, gloomy or mournful USAGE : Despite its lugubrious title which reflects India's place in the football arena today, this book of essay is not a long lament. THE TIMESOF INDIA, Fish, football and Saddam Hussein, 1 Jul 2006

nascent [ adjective ]
MEANING : having recently developed or emerged USAGE : Each unit of the nascent Indonesian forces had to finance itself and any method even smuggling and drug-traffickingwas acceptable. Economist, Indonesia's army: Going out of business, Oct 2nd 2008

pathos [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. an emotion or sentiment of sorrow or sympathy 2. a quality that evokes sadness or pity USAGE : What is less surprising is to learn that a particularly deadly form of kamikaze aircraft, a piloted rocket that could reach speeds of 880kph, was given the name "Ohka" falling cherry blossom, a name whose poetic pathos and imagery of youthful sacrifice was lost on the US sailors at whom it was aimed. CNN, Land of warriors holds on to traditions, By Dan Hayes, September 3, 2008

plethora [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. a very large amount, superfluity or overabundance 2. an abnormality which is characterized by excessive blood in the circulatory system or in some organ or area of it USAGE : Bedrooms, spread over two floors of a shuttered building, are compact, but well kept, airconditioned, en-suite and jollied up by a plethora of paintings of traditional Spanish scenes. Telegraph, Madrid's best budget hotels, Fred Mawer, 23 Sep 2008

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polemic [ noun, adjective ]
MEANING : 1. (n.) a debate, controversy or argument 2. (n.) one who is controversial or polemic 3. (adj.) controversial, debatable or argumentative 4. (adj.) pertaining to or of a dispute or controversy

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USAGE : Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions. BBC, WHY WE FIGHT, Eugene Jarecki, 8 June 2007

presage [ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. (n.) an omen, predition or intuition 2. (tr. v.) to predict, warn or foretell 3. (intr. v.) to have a premonition or to foretell USAGE : Our members also have wider concerns that the new council will presage further cuts in funding for physical sciences and the early haemorrhage of key staff from the research councils concerned. BBC, UK physics funding to be revamped, 25 July 2006

propensity [ noun ]
MEANING : an innate tendency, preference or inclination USAGE : At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Hodge told Harkins it was clear he had a "propensity for violence". BBC, Bouncer jailed for three assaults, 11 April 2007

pungent [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. having an irritating or acrid sensation 2. sharp, caustic or penetrating USAGE : With punch, as well as good timing, his new book, Palace Council, takes on American politics at its most pungent and most powerful. The Economist, Stephen Carter's Palace Council, Jun 19th 2008

reprehensible [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : blameworthy or deserving rebuke USAGE : Animal Rights Africa said killing elephants was "undeniably cruel and morally reprehensible" as well as counterproductive. National Geographic, South Africa to Allow Elephant Killing, Celean Jacobson, February 25, 2008

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portly [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. stout, fat or chubby 2. distinguished, stately or imposing

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USAGE : A slightly portly friend of mine with road rage recently got stuck in her sunroof trying to climb out of her car in order to hit someone with her shoe. CNN, Driving-while-grooming among pet peeves, By Jon Gromer, December 4, 2007

privation [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. deprivation or lack of certain necessities a deed, consequence or state of lack or deprivation USAGE : Not the old fear of privation but a sense that the future is limited only by Icelanders belief in themselves and their willingness to reawaken that primeval Viking spirit idling restlessly behind their seeming impassivity. National Geographic, Power Struggle, By Marguerite Del Giudice

propinquity [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. a blood relationship or kinship 2. similarity 3. proximity or closeness in terms of time or space USAGE : His major point, which I'm distorting a little here by casting his model into an electoral framework, is that social norms, often a result of nothing more than propinquity, make it unnecessary to think much about what to wear, which side of the road to drive on, when to eat, etc. abc News, Why People Vote Like Their Neighbors, By JOHN ALLEN PAULOS, Aug. 1, 2004

querulous [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. Discontented or grumbling 2. peevish or complaining USAGE : But she had become, according to sources, very "querulous" by this time, asking for "all kinds of things". The Times of India, Taslima puts Pranab in a bind, Indrani Bagchi, TNN, 18 Feb 2008

reproach [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. (tr. v.) to blame, rebuke or reprove 2. (tr. v.) to disgrace or discredit 3. (n.) an instance or cause of shame 4. (n.) blame or disapproval USAGE : I do remember, however, that in the meeting on the 13th he stressed that the treatment of the Muslim civilians in Srebrenica will be such as to put the Serbian side beyond any reproach even by the non-benevolent media. Chronicles magzine, Witnessing at The Hague, by Srdja Trifkovic

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potentate [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. a powerful personality who rules others, an emperor or sovereign 2. a dominant person, leader of a group or venture

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USAGE : The coastline of South Africa, stretching 1,740 miles (2,800 kilometers) from Mozambique to Namibia, is presided over by two great oceanic systems: a powerful current on one side of the continent and a strong upwelling on the other. Like potentates, they control what happens in their respective realms. National Geographic, Oceans of Plenty , By Kennedy Warne

probity [ noun ]
MEANING : honesty, fidelity or integrity USAGE : Mr Begich touts his own probity, giving links to dozens of financial-disclosure reports on his website. The Economist, The challenger, Sep 4th 2008

propitiate [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. to reconcile, appease, pacify or mollify USAGE : To suggest audibly that officials should give the benefit of any doubt to Budge in order to propitiate the demonstrative crowd was not calculated to bring favour, though, being familiar with champions who talk to themselves on the court, I did not share their indignation. Telegraph, Fred Perry sets up American record, By A. Wallis Myers, 08 Sep 2008

quiescent [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. inactive, motionless or quiet 2. not showing symptoms or causing any trouble USAGE : But the 662-mile-wide (1,066-kilometer-wide) moon hasn't always been quiescent. Billions of years ago tectonic forces produced an enormous rift similar to the East African Rift Valley on Earth, Nimmo said. National Geographic, Icy Moon Tethys Had Ancient Underground Ocean, Richard A. Lovett, March 24, 2008

reprove [ noun, transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. (tr.v.) to admonish or criticize 2. (intr. v.) to rebuke or find flaws in USAGE : He tried to work together with them but did not hesitate to reprove them and pick them up when they failed," added Mr Langdale. BBC, Boss 'did not gamble on safety', 4 February, 2005

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prattle [ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
MEANING : 1. (intr. v.) to talk or chatter in silly, childish manner 2. (tr. v.) to chatter, speak childishly or babble 3. (n.) silly talk or a chattering sound

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USAGE : We prattle about the beautiful scenery, the warm hospitality shown by everyone we meet and the progress the Kurds are making in rebuilding their nation. The Economist, Mountains and waterfalls, Jul 11th 2008

prodigal [ noun, adjective ]

MEANING : 1. (n.) extravagance, a wasteful luxuriant or spendthrift 2. (adj.) extravagant, wasteful or lavish USAGE : Now the folks from whom we borrowed to buy all that oil and all those cars, electronics and clothes are coming to buy the country we inherited. We are prodigal sons, and the day of reckoning approaches. Chronicles magzine, Subprime Nation, by Patrick J. Buchanan

proscribe [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. to prohibit, condemn or banish 2. to announce a person as outlawed USAGE : Why the Bush administration continues to consort with the ISI, when there is probably enough material to proscribe it, is something of a mystery? The Times of India, CIA doesn't see eye-to-eye with ISI, By Chidanand Rajghatta, 11 Oct 2001

quixotic [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. pertaining to or of Don Quixote 2. romantic or chivalrous 3. impractical 4. unpredictable, rash or impulsive USAGE : However, the suggestion that we should be aiming at Dutch participation rates in cycling by the over 60s is just quixotic. The Herald, Cycling as a mass form of transport is pure fantasy, February 27 2008

resplendent [ adjective, intransitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. shining luminously or radiantly 2. dazzling, garish or splendid USAGE : It's a resplendent sun-drenched morning in the east of Scotland. The Herald, Barnes's storming finish, KENNY HODGART,

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abut [ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
MEANING : 1. (tr.v.) to touch, be adjacent to, end at or border on 2. (tr.v.) to support 3. (intr.v.) to terminate, border or be adjacent to 4. (intr.v.) to lean on so as to get supported

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USAGE : It will abut eight Albert Street to the annoyance of the occupants. Telegraph, Narrowest house in Britain will be just 9ft wide, By Sarah Knapton, 23 Dec 2008

adventitious [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. accidental, extrinsic or not inherent 2. appearing or developing in unusual places USAGE : These varieties prefer limey soil, and they have tiny, clinging (or adventitious) roots. Telegraph, Ivy league, Val Bourne, 03 Dec 2004

aghast [ adjective ]
MEANING : shocked, amazed, terrified or horrified USAGE : The court was so aghast by the fact that NHAI has seen five chairmen in the past twoand-a-half years that it recommended that a law be enacted to ensure that heads of public enterprises have fixed tenures of 3 to 5 years. The Times of India, Ministry delaying highways: HC, Abhinav Garg & Dipak Kumar Dash, 19 December 2008

allay [ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. (tr.v.) to end or lay to rest or to make quiet 2. (tr.v.) to relieve, alleviate or mitigate 3. (intr.v.) to subside USAGE : Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., sought to allay those worries Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. abcNews, As Banks Teeter Again, Wall St. Looks for Answers, By STEVENSON JACOBS AP Business Writer, January 21, 2009

comely [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1. pleasing in appearance; attractive

2. suitable or proper; seemly USAGE : We are in the Alps proper, mountains towering above comely valleys dotted variously with chalets and cows. Telegraph, Train travel: Exploring the French Alps, Anthony Peregrine, 31 Oct 2008

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abysmal [ adjective ]
MEANING : 1.very bad, 2.severe or wretched unfathomable, profound or bottomless

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USAGE : A leading Aslef official claimed trains travelling through the main line tunnel intoWales had to slow down, signals were worse and tracks were "abysmal". BBC, MPs told Severn Tunnel is 'hole', 25 November 2008

affray [ noun, transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. (n.) a public fray, brawl or fight 2. (tr.v.) to scare or frighten USAGE : Police have registered a case under IPC section 160, which refers to affray, a public fight that causes disturbance. The Times of India,Family claims black magic used on them, 12 Jan 2009.

alacrity [ noun ]
MEANING : 1. promptness, eagerness or cheerful readiness 2. briskness, celerity or liveliness USAGE : America's long-drawn-out presidential contest, diplomats believe, has given Putin an opportunity he has seized with alacrity. CNN, Putin seeks a role on world stage, By Robin Oakley, European political editor, November 29, 2000

allege [ transitive verb ]

MEANING : 1. to assert or declare without any proof 2. to offer or cite as a reason or excuse 3. (archaic) to quote or cite in confirmation as an authority USAGE : Police did not allege a motive. abcNews, Australian Charged With Daughter's Death Plunge, By DENNIS PASSA Associated Press Writer, January 29, 2009

comeuppance [ noun ]
MEANING : a deserved punishment or penalty; just deserts USAGE : Nixon, of course, got his comeuppance. CNN, Can politicians be trusted?, By CNN's Barry Neild, September 20, 2006

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