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    invective [ in-VEK-tiv ]
     noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) a derogatory remark or insult, criticism or denunciation
    2. (adj.) abusive, insulting or denunciatory
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The Taliban's invective against India will only succeed in the Hindu hardliners in the Indian political set up being voted to power.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Yahoo! was throwing invectives right back, mocking Mr Icahn's ignorance in matters technical.
    Economist, Icahn't, Jul 24th 2008, SAN FRANCISCO
     
    artifice [ AHR-tuh-fis ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. wile, stratagem, or a sly trick
    2. trickery, cunningness or craftiness
    3. ingenuity, skill or inventiveness
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The high school drama was his directional debut, full of artifice and panache.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The world is already full of visual artifice, and we aren't running the International Photography Contest to add to it.
    National Geographic, A message from the Director of Photography of National Geographic
     
    utilitarian [ yoo-til-i-TAIR-ee-uh'n ]
     noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. (adj.) useful rather than beautiful
    2. (n.) one who practices utilitarianism
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He was advised to choose utilitarian equipment for the camping trip.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The analyst predicted that there would be two networks in consumer homes, one "utilitarian" network with broadband, for Internet surfing, e-mail and other business applications, and one that connects users' TVs and media devices and provides media storage and sharing along with related applications.
    CNN, Jupiter Media Forum: Digital devices ready to go, 25 March 2002
     
    negate [ ni-GEYT, NEG-eyt ]
     intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr. v.) to deny the truth or existence of
    2. (tr. v.) to cause to be ineffective
    3. (tr. v.) to rule out
    4. (intr. v.) to bring about negative results or to be negative
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He lost the debate as he was unable to negate the strong points of his opponent.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     To his credit, Hughes did not blame injuries for the defeat, but he was clearly out-manoeuvred by Redknapp, whose obvious strategy of directing most of his team's attacks through Aaron Lennon was never really negated.
    The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester City 0: match report, Jeremy Wilson, 17 December 2009.
     
    conscientious [ kon-shee-EN-shuh's ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. scrupulous or controlled by the conscience
    2. painstaking or thorough
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He received the employee of the year award because he was conscientious and hardworking.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The guidance was designed to set out doctors' rights to conscientious objection - not to give specifics on individual treatments.
    BBC, Doctors oppose care opt-out plans, 28 September 2007.
     

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    incursion [ in-KUR-zhuh' n, -shuh' n ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     an invasion, inroad, intrusion or raid
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The armed incursion into Kargil by Pakistani troops in 1998 was successfully repulsed by the Indian army.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     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
     
    unencumbered [ uhn-en-KUHM-berd ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. not having cares or responsibilities
    2. property that is not subject to the claims of creditors or liens
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Having renounced worldly possessions, he entered the seminary unencumbered.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     There's a world of difference between walking unencumbered and with your worldly possessions on your back.
    BBC, Round Britain coastal walk, Peter Griffiths, 18 November 2008
     
    decimate [ DES-uh'-meyt ]
     transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. to destroy a large proportion of
    2. to kill every tenth person of a group
    3. to cause great damage or destruction to
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The population on the island was decimated by a contagious disease.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Worldwide nuclear fallout would decimate forests and sea life, and the "roar of a wave" is probably the sound of the bomb itself.
    BBC, Dylan song adopted by climate summit: Your views, 5 December 2009.
     
    piebald [ PAHY-bawld ]
     noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. (adj.) having two different colours
    2. (adj.) having patches of black and white or any two colours
    3. (n.) an animal having patches of black and white
    4. (n.) an animal having spots or patches of two colours
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Raymond said that he would like to ride the piebald pony.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Some parents see our piebald ponies, which are black and white, and think they're cows.
    BBC, What would Old MacDonald say? Mario Cacciottolo. 8 June 2007.
     
    placebo [ pluh-see-boh ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. a substance which does not have any pharmacological effect but is administered to satisfy a patient who supposes it to be a real medicine
    2. an item of no intrinsic remedial value that is used to appease or reassure another
    3. the name given to the vespers of the Office for the dead
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The study indicated that sixty-five percent of the patients recovered when given a placebo.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The vaccine maker, Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, reported that among those who responded best to NicVAX in earlier testing, 16 percent were able to stop smoking and not start again, compared with 6 percent in the placebo group.
    CNN, Nicotine vaccine effective in early tests, Val Willingham, 22 April 2010.
     

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    pert [ purt ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. saucy, bold or impudent
    2. vivacious, stylish or chic
    3. lively or stimulating
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The sales girl gave the customer a pert look which intrigued him.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     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
     
    baroque [ buh'-ROHK; Fr. ba-R*AWK ]
     noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. (adj.) characteristic of a style in architecture or art prevalent during the 17th century that had bold ornamentation and complex forms
    2. (adj.) characteristic of a 17th century style of european music that was marked by elaborate ornamentation
    3. (adj.) having an irregular shape
    4. (adj.) flamboyant, florid, grotesque or extravagantly ornamental
    5. (n.) one esp. a pearl that has an irregular shape
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Remnants of the architecture of the baroque era are flamboyant in nature.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     There is a revival of music of the baroque era in Europe, explains Thierry.
    The Times of India, The enchanting sound of music, by Lekha Menon, 4 Sep 2004
     
    usher [ UHSH-er ]
     noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) a person who escorts people to seats in a theatre, church etc
    2. (tr.v.) to act as an usher to
    3. (intr.v.) to serve as an usher
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The best part about being an usher at a cinema hall was that he got to see a lot of movies.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The October Revolution entered the history of humanity as the greatest event in the 20th century and ushered in a new era, the epoch of transition to socialism on the global scale.
    Chronicles Magazine, Remember the Red October? Srdja Trifkovic, 7 November 2007
     
    abide [ uh'-BAHYD ]
     intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr. v.) to stay with or continue
    2. (tr. v.) to reside or live in
    3. (intr. v.) to tolerate or put up with
    4. (intr. v.) to accept without question
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     She asked her friend to abide with her as she was in a weak condition after the illness.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     She takes immune-suppressing drugs to prevent organ rejection and abides by doctor's orders.
    CNN, Pediatric heart transplant survivor: 'I thank God every day', Madison Park, 22 December 2009.
     
    subaltern [ suhb-AWL-tern or SUHB-uh'l-turn ]
     noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. (adj.) subordinate or lower in rank
    2. (adj.) denoting the relation of one proposition to another only when the first proposition is implied by the second and not vice versa
    3. (n.) a rank below Captain in the British army
    4.(n.) a subordinate position or the person who has such a position
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Although he was suitably qualified, the company offered him a subaltern designation and promised him an early promotion.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     In January 1942, Alexander, a subaltern serving with 135th Field Regiment disembarked at Singapore.
    The Telegraph, Stephen Alexander, 28 July 2009.
     

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    pertinacious [ pur-tn-EY-shuh' s ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. stubborn, obstinate or unyielding
    2. resolute or tenacious
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Her pertinacious, pro-communist views irked the audience.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     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
     
    bard [ bahrd ]
     noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) a celtic poet who played the lyre or harp while reciting poems
    2. (n.) a poet
    3. (n.) a piece of armour that is placed on the back of a horse
    4. (tr.v.) to place bards on a horse
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     A bard was called forth to entertain the assembled guests.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Bards are at once entertainers, philosophers, and historians.
    National Geographic, Central Asian Bardic Music
     
    unearth [ uhn-URTH  ]
     transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. to dig up out of the earth
    2. to uncover or bring to public notice
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Fossils of some prehistoric creature were unearthed at the excavation site.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Has the Clinton opposition research team dug into Obama's past and unearthed these scandalous matters the nation does not know?
    Chronicles Magazine, Hardball or Dirt Ball? Patrick J. Buchanan, 17 December 2007, 30 July 2009
     
    dominant [ DOM-uh'-nuh'nt ]
     noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. (adj.) controlling or having authority
    2. (adj.) occupying or having an elevated or commanding position
    3. (adj.) major or chief
    4. (n.) fifth tone of a diatonic scale
    5. (n.) a governing trait
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He wielded a lot of influence as he enjoyed a dominant position in the municipal corporation.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     News Corporation's James Murdoch has said that a ""dominant"" BBC threatens independent journalism in the UK.
    BBC, Murdoch attack on 'dominant' BBC, 29 August 2009.
     
    testator [ TES-tey-ter ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. one who makes a will
    2. anyone who has died leaving a valid will
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The testator took every precaution to make a valid will so that it could not be contested after his death.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The High Court in London upheld the Will, which was being challenged, on the basis that a mild form of dementia did not necessarily mean that the testator did not understand the implications of making the Will.
    BBC, How you can challenge a Will, Sharon Kenchington, 30 July 2008.
     

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    inculcate [ in-KUHL-keyt, IN-kuhl-keyt ]
     transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     to instil, teach or impress by repeating frequently
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The Prime Minister exhorted the teaching community to inculcate virtue in the young.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     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
     
    bandy [ BAN-dee ]
     adjective, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr.v.) to trade, exchange, give and take or pass back and forth
    2. (tr.v.) to hit, throw or pass back and forth
    3. (adj.) bowed, bent or outwardly curved
    4. (n.) a old game that resembled field hockey
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The debate was of an intense nature with repartees being bandied across the dais.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Yahoo's search operations to Microsoft - an alternative deal that has been bandied about for the past eight months.
    Telegraph, Yahoo! fourth-quarter loss beats forecasts, 28 Jan 2009
     
    canine [ KEY-nahyn ]
     noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. (adj.) pertaining to or characteristic of a dog
    2. (n.) a dog
    3. (n.) a cuspid or canine tooth
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The canine unit is invaluable in the drug enforcement agency.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Malaysia sought to form the world's first permanent canine anti-piracy unit after borrowing two dogs - Lucky and Flo - from the U.S. Motion Picture Association.
    abcNEWS, DVD-Sniffing Anti-Piracy Dog Dies in Malaysia, by JULIA ZAPPEI, June 9, 2008
     
    urbane [ ur-BEYN  ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     polite, refined and sophisticated in manner.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     At the start of the new term the teacher addressed the children in an urbane tone so as to befriend rather than intimidate the class.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     In the welcoming lounge, contemporary art mingles with books and antiques, while guest rooms are done up in an urbane, neutral palette, with chunky reclaimed-wood headboards and slate bathroom floors.
    CNN, Country inns of Wales, Alison Tyler, 30 August 2007
     
    incongruity [ in-kuh'n-GROO-i-tee ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. the state of being out of keeping or place
    2. the quality of being incompatible or inharmonious
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He was asked to resign because of the incongruity in his performance at work.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Some Chinese dishes are remarkable for the sheer incongruity of their ingredients.
    The Telegraph, Jellied sipunculids, Jeremy Alban Dorman, 16 December 2009.
     

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    pernicious [ per-NISH-uh' s ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. injurious, harmful or destructive
    2. (archaic) evil, malicious or wicked
    3. deadly or fatal
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The pernicious Tuberculosis virus is making a comeback and precautions have to be taken by the people against contracting this deadly disease.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     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
     
    aria [ Ahr-ee-uh', Air-ee-uh' ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. a melody, air, tune, oratorio or a cantata
    2. a striking melody that is sung solo with accompaniment
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He is an expert at singing arias often haunting in nature.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     A great, distant ship's horn, like a one-note aria.
    National Geographic, Online Extra, by Kevin Krajick, September 2003
     
    spruce [ sproos ]
     noun, adjective, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) any evergreen, coniferous tree or the like or the wood of such a tree
    2. (tr. v.) to make neat or smart in appearance
    3. (adj.) neat and smart in appearance
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The teacher told the shabbily dressed child to spruce up a bit.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     All three suffered a period of decline in the 20th century, but have since gone to great lengths to spruce up their main streets, lined with 18th- and 19th-century buildings running perpendicular to the Hudson River.
    CNN, 3 Northeastern weekend escapes, Peter Jon Lindberg, Heather Smith MacIsaac and Meeghan Truelove, 3 November 2009.
     
    madrigal [ MAD-ri-guh'l ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. a secular part song for four to six voices and making abundant use of contrapuntal imitation usually without musical instruments
    2. any part song
    3. a short love poem that can be set to music
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     A few choir boys got together and sang a madrigal for the pretty girls at the village school.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The madrigals Monteverdi wrote in his early twenties show his style to be precociously accomplished, though less richly expressive than it later became.
    The Telegraph, Magical exploration of a musical treasure-trove, Rupert Christiansen, 16 August 2007.
     
    leaven [ LEV-uhn ]
     noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) substances like yeast or baking powder that causes fermentation and expansion of dough
    2. (n.) any substance or agent that works subtly to lighten or modify a whole
    3. (n.) fermented dough
    4. (tr. v.) to add yeast to dough
    5.(tr. v.) to permeate with an altering or transforming agent
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The baker added leaven to the dough and left it to ferment.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The results were so capricious, the swings so random, that you knew early on that it was going to be a long night, leavened only by Lembit pik's entry for the Michael Portillo Award for most humiliating exit.
    The Telegraph, General Election 2010: the joy of being cruel to our MPs, 8 May 2010.
     

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    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.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     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
     
    bagatelle [  bag-uh'-TEL ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. a trifle or something unimportant or trivial
    2. a played game that involves rolling balls into holes
    3. a short composition of music that is especially played on the piano
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The entire ceremony was reduced to a bagatelle due to this atrocious behaviour.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     If you drastically lower your expectations, you can enjoy this bagatelle as the witty and fluffy fare it's intended to be.
    CNN, EW review: Amy Tan disappoints, by Jennifer Reese, October 21, 2005.
     
    cache [ kash ]
     noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) a place to conceal food, supplies and ammunition
    2. (n.) one that is hidden or stored in a cache
    3. (n.) computer memory used for quick access to frequently accessed data and instructions
    4. (tr.v.) to hide or conceal ammunition and supplies in a cache
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The terrorists carried with them a cache of arms and grenades which they hoped to used to inflict maximum damage.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Security forces have recovered a cache of arms and explosives in Poonch district, officials said here on Tuesday.
    The Times of India, Arms cache recovered in J&K, 5 Dec 2006
     
    underbid [ uhn-der-BID ]
     intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr.v.) to bid less than that of a competitor
    2. (intr.v.) to make an unnecessarily low bid for the value of something
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He underbid the offers of the competitors by cutting his profit margin and won the prestigious contract.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     But buyers are quickly turned off by a stinky house, and that means I can really underbid on my offer.
    CNN, Clark Howard: Housing crisis isn't all bad news, 9 April 2009, 30 July 2009
     
    unwitting [ uhn-WIT-ing ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. unintentional
    2. unaware
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The thief managed to escape with a little unwitting help from the guard.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The police watchdog said the officers had been guilty of "unwitting racism".
    BBC, Police condemned over man's death, 27 March 2006
     

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    perdition [ per-DISH-uh' n ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. destruction, damnation or ruin
    2. hell
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Not learning from history will seal our perdition.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     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
     
    badger [ BAJ-er ]
     noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) a burrowing mammal like a bandicoot or its fur
    2. (tr.v.) to pester, urge or nag someone
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     His face resembled that of a badger.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The American badger is one of the prairie dog's toughest enemies.
    National Geographic, American badgers.
     
    unwonted [ uhn-WAWN-tid,-WOHN-,-WUHN- ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. not customary or habitual
    2. not accustomed; unused
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The strictest teacher started treating the students with unwonted kindness because an official visit from the faculty inspector was due.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     And there is a consensus in Beijing that the momentum is on their side -- and a display of unwonted leniency may only encourage the 'splittists' to make more mischief against central authorities.
    CNN, Hu's vision for China, Willy Wo-Lap Lam, 30 April 2002
     
    prong [ prawng ]
     noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) a pointed tine of a fork
    2. (n.) a pointed or projecting part of
    3. (n.) a branch of a stream
    4. (tr. v.) to pierce with the projecting part of an object
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     There used to be a small two prong plug that was mounted on the frame to hold the blades.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Some of the tables are made from discarded wooden salad bowls while detailing on the fireplace was created using the brass prongs from plugs.
    The Telegraph, Man turns his Hampshire council flat into 'a replica Palace of Versailles', Andrew Hough, 19 October 2009.
     
    compensatory [ kuh'm-PEN-suh'-tawr-ee ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. offsetting, reimbursing or making up for a loss
    2. acting as a counterbalance
    3. serving as a form of reparation
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Every farmer who lost crops during the deluge was given one lakh rupees by the government as a compensatory measure.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Prof Waldfogel said the research in the US suggested there were some useful "compensatory education" programmes which could help bring children from poorer backgrounds forward.
    BBC, Bad parents 'widen ability gap', 23 December 2008.
     

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    obloquy [ OB-luh'-kwee ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. condemnatory, derogatory or abusive language
    2. disgrace or denunciation suffered due to abuse
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The amount of censure heaped upon Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell following his team's debacle in the 2007 World cup was enough obloquy for one lifetime.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Imagine the obloquy which would have been heaped on the Metropolitan police if it had not involved the CPS at an early stage.
    BBC, UK: The toughest case, April 26, 2002
     
    amuck [ uh'-muh'k ]
     adjective, adverb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (adv.) in a murderously violent or frenzied manner
    2. (adj.) crazed, mad or possessed with a violent or murderous frenzy
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The stable hand ran amuck through the pastures disturbing the grazing cows.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     In an instance of a family feud that went out of control at New Perungalathur (near Tambaram) on Saturday night, one person ran amuck, injuring three of his relatives with a knife.
    The Times of India, Man runs amuck, injures his relatives, by Sibi Arasu, 24 Nov 2008
     
    justiciable [ juh-STISH-ee-uh'-buh' l, -STISH-uh'-buh' l ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     capable of being solved or settled by a court of law
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The plaintiff's plea for statutory reliefs was granted by the Court as the litigation was a justiciable matter.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Meanwhile, with respect to the other, justiciable provisions, which the judges believe they should to be reviewing, they couldn't reach a unanimous result.
    CNN, Court ruling on campaign finance underscores policy, legal problems, Marci A. Hamilton, 8 May 2003
     
    nihilist [ NAHY-uh'-list ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. one who rebels against established laws and institutions
    2. an anarchist
    3. one who advocates that the destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The unruly mob led by the nihilists started destroying the council hall.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     In one of the funniest scenes in the film "The Big Lebowski," the hot-headed Vietnam veteran Walter Sobchak, played by John Goodman, explains to the Dude, played by Jeff Bridges, how much he hates nihilists because they don't believe in anything, they have no "ethos."
    CNN, Commentary: Ted Kennedy was a true believer, Julian E. Zelizer, 27 August 2009.
     
    sedentary [ SED-n-ter-ee ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. characterized by remaining in one place or not moving about
    2. accustomed to rest a great deal or to take little exercise
    3. having or requiring a sitting posture
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The physiotherapist told him that his backache was due to his sedentary job.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Leading a sedentary lifestyle may make us genetically old before our time, a study suggests.
    BBC, Sedentary life 'speeds up ageing', 29 January 2008.
     

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