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    cortege [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A train of attendants
     USAGE :
     An ancient ritual, the cap horse was used in Lincoln's funeral but most famously in Kennedy's cortege, where the handsome, spirited Black Jack, a gelding Morgan and quarter horse cross, seemed representative of the slain President's vigor.
    National Geographic, Arlington Cemetery, By Rick Atkinson, June 2007
     
    coerce [ verb ]
     MEANING :
     To force by using authority
     USAGE :
     Scientists have found a way to coerce computers into doing science without the consent of their owners.
    BBC, Doing science by stealth, 29 August 2001
     
    glib [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Marked by ease and fluency of speech or writing but superficial or insincere
     USAGE :
     "But I would warn against the glib association that if something is changing it must be due to a human cause," said Mote, who co-authored a 2007 article in the magazine American Scientist asserting that, unlike disappearing glaciers in Europe and North America, the dwindling glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania likely are not the result of global warming.
    National Geographic, "Mountains of the Moon" Glaciers Melting in Africa, by Dan Morrison, March 25, 2008
     
    diabolic [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Cruelly wicked or evil; fiendish
    2) Of or like the devil; satanic
     USAGE :
     Overwhelmed, Austrians will not find words strong enough to convey the monstrous and diabolic history which has played out in secret for three decades at Amstetten.
    BBC, Dungeon case stuns Europe's media, 29 April 2008
     
    emeritus [ noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     (adj.) Retaining an honorary title of one's prior position or rank even after retirement
    (n.) A person who has retired yet retains an honorary title of prior position or rank that was held
     USAGE :
     Fleming wrote numerous papers on bacteriology, immunology and chemotherapy. He was elected professor of the medical school in 1928 and emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of London in 1948.
    BBC, Historic Figures Alexander Fleming (1881 - 1955)
     

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    coxswain [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A person who usually steers a boat or is in charge of one
     USAGE :
     After graduating from Yale with a bachelor's degree in American studies, he competed as a coxswain in five world championships and in the 1988 Olympics, guiding the U.S. men's eight to a bronze medal.
    National Geographic, Bio, SETH BAUER
     
    coquette [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A woman who is flirtatious
     USAGE :
     She's flirtatious in her outrage: a stand-up coquette.
    CNN, 'Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic', Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman
     
    ennui [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     Dissatisfaction or weariness caused due to boredom
     USAGE :
     When he shakes off his air of lethargic, suburban ennui, he lets an enormous passionate energy shine through, and it brightens up the whole R.E.M. experience.
    BBC, R.E.M Reckoning, Review by Al Spicer, 10 March 2008
     
    grovel [ verb ]
     MEANING :
     1) To lie or crawl with the body prostrate and face downward in fear, humility etc.
    2) To behave in a modest or submissive way
     USAGE :
     He said that the West Indies were a great team, but when they were down they tended to grovel, and he intended to make them grovel.
    BBC, Tony Greig - England Cricketer, 4th June 2003
     
    demure [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Reserved or modest in manner or behaviour
    2) Coy; affected shyness or modesty
     USAGE :
     The leading lady is usually demure and innocent and will wear a calf-length or full-length dress.
    BBC, The Costumes, 11th December 2006
     

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    de novo [ adjective, adverb ]
     MEANING :
     Over again; anew; start over from the beginning
     USAGE :
     73-year-old woman who had donated kidney to her daughter, who had persence of protein in urine (proteinuria), the report said adding the woman had developed de novo diabetes.
    The Times Of India, Kidney donation is safe: Experts, 7 Oct 2001
     
    bungle [ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (intr. v.) To work clumsily or awkwardly
    (tr.v.) To handle or perform clumsily
    (n.) To botch; a work that is done ineptly or clumsily
     USAGE :
     Junior doctors are meeting in London just days after the latest bungle involving the new system for assigning specialist training posts.
    The Herald, Junior doctors furious over recruitment ‘shambles’, HELEN PUTTICK, Health Correspondent, April 28 2007
     
    exiguous [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Scanty; meagre; inadequate
     USAGE :
     So the kind, weary officials held on till all had claimed their exiguous luggage and formed for admission to passport inspection two by two.
    BBC, Evacuation From Bordeaux, by ageconcernslough, 25 January 2006
     
    colander [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A bowl-shaped plastic or metal container with perforations, used for draining and rinsing food
     USAGE :
     While some of the light from the flashlight will travel through its holes, the solid part of the colander will keep much of the light from shining through.
    The Times of India, Light flows through metal like liquid, 31 Mar 2007
     
    conflagration [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A huge and destructive fire
     USAGE :
     In all there were three major earthquakes, several tsunamis, and a conflagration that consumed most of the Portuguese city of Lisbon on November 1, 1755—All Saints’ Day.
    National Geographic, Earthquakes:Sunday surprise
     

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    clamour [ noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) Loud uproar or protest from a crowd
    (v.) To protest or demand loudly
     USAGE :
     There’s a huge clamour for club membership these days with people willing to shell out as much as Rs 15 lakh for it.
    The Times of India, Club memberships top list of must-haves, 15 Jul 2003, Roshni Olivera,TNN
     
    crone [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     An old and withered woman
     USAGE :
     Pip meets a mysterious aged crone who can help him escape from Britain's most terrifying school and the clutches of his evil guardian.
    BBC, Bleak Expectations Comedy Victorian adventure by Mark Evans, 16 January 2008
     
    exogenous [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Derived or developed externally
    2) (Botany) Marked by adding woody tissue layers to the stem externally beneath the bark
    3) (Pathology) Caused by external pathogens or conditions
     USAGE :
     We are dealing with a substance which is both endogenous (produced within the body) and exogenous (originating outside the body), and the exogenous HGH is absolutely similar to what is produced by your body.
    BBC, New Drug Menace Stalks Sport, By Tom Fordyce, 27 July, 2003
     
    bullion [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) Gold or silver considered in mass rather than value
    2) Gold or silver bars, ingots, or plates
    3) Embroidery or lace trimming worked with fine threads of gold or silver
     USAGE :
     The target was £40m pounds worth of gold bullion and between £30-40m in cash, stored at the Swissport Cargo Warehouse at Heathrow Airport.
    BBC, Flying Squad foils £80m robbery, 18 May, 2004
     
    digressive [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Departing from the main subject; rambling
     USAGE :
     His black eye brows, robust laugh, digressive way of asking questions, clipped speech pattern and chain-smoking made for a distinctive send-up.
    BBC, Talk show host Snyder dies at 71, 31 July 2007
     

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    lineament [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) (Geology) A topographic feature that reveals underlying characteristics, such as a fault line
    2) Distinguishing or characteristic feature
    3) (usu. plural) Outline or contour of a face, body or figure
     USAGE :
     1) The Commerce geophysical lineament is a northeast-trending magnetic and gravity feature that extends from central Arkansas to southern Illinois over a distance of nearly equal 400 km.
    2) To love children, is a graceful lineament, in the character of young ladies.
    1) GeoScienceWorld, Commerce geophysical lineament; its source, geometry, and relation to the Reelfoot Rift and New Madrid seismic zone, By V. E. Langenheim, and T. G. Hildenbrand, May 1997
    2) Southern Literary Messenger (1839)
     
    laudable [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Deserving praise and commendation
     USAGE :
     Launching a drive to clean up the city streets is a laudable exercise.
     
    crescendo [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) Gradual increase in force or loudness of a musical passage; a steady, gradual increase in force or severity
    2) The final point or peak of such an increase
     USAGE :
     The debate resurfaced and reached crescendo levels in February 2001, when Fox television aired a program called Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?
    National Geographic, April Fools' Special: History's Hoaxes, John Roach
     
    gaffe [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A social blunder; faux pas
     USAGE :
     It is the population explosion of screeds on the Internet with its vast array of websites able to bring gaffes and scandal to the mainstream in an instant.
    Chronicles Magazine, Annus Horribilis Ahead?, by Patrick J. Buchanan
     
    grouse [ noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) 1) Popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs and feet
    2) Complaint
    (tr. v.) To complain and grumble
     USAGE :
     Good numbers of grouse are reported in Nidderdale, Wharfedale, Airedale, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
    BBC, Grouse numbers on the up
     

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    jugular [ noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) 1) Large veins in the neck that bring blood back from the brain
    2) A vital part, vulnerable to attack
    (adj.) 1) Of or having to do with the throat or neck
    2) Of or having to do with the jugular vein
     USAGE :
     Hated Ian Huntley was terror-struck as a lag held a blade to his throat and “went for his jugular”.
    The Sun, Prisoner went for his jugular, JOHN ASKILL, 14 Oct 2006
     
    glasnost [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A Soviet policy allowing frank and open discussion about national socio-economic problems
     USAGE :
     Mr Gorbachev pioneered the "glasnost" (openness) policy that demolished decades of Soviet censorship.
    BBC, Gorbachev invests in major paper, 8 June 2006
     
    cornucopia [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) An abundant, inexhaustible supply
    2) A goat's horn filled with fruits, grain, drink, etc. symbolising abundance
    3) A container shaped like a cone or a horn
     USAGE :
     A mere change of registration from Republican to independent has garnered him a cornucopia of free and favorable publicity some candidates do not receive in a year of campaigning.
    Chronicles Magazine, Will Bloomberg Swift-Boat Hillary? by Patrick J. Buchanan
     
    lectern [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A stand that has a sloping surface on which a speaker can place books, notes etc.
     USAGE :
     The advantage of standing at a lectern is that you do not need to move your head much to read the paper and then look out at the audience.
    American Historical Association- Conference Rules Everything You Need to Know about Presenting a Scholarly Paper in Public by Linda K. Kerber
     
    hoyden [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A boisterous, carefree, bold girl
     USAGE :
     The only man who has ever attracted her was Hugo Stratton--a handsome, laughter-loving young man who treated Emma like a lady rather than the grubby little hoyden she was.
    Marrying the Major, By Joanna Maitland
     

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    antediluvian [ noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     (adj.) 1) Of or pertaining to the era before the biblical Flood
    2) Antiquated; very old or primitive; belonging to an earlier time
    (n.) 1) A person who lived before the Flood
    2) A very old person; a person or a thing who is very old-fashioned
     USAGE :
     It now appears likely that this version of the king-list tradition also contains the name of nine antediluvian kings and a narrative account of the flood, although only a few hints of it remain in the very fragmentary text.
    Prologue to History: The Yahwist as Historian in Genesis, By John Van Seters
     
    leer [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A sidelong look that indicates sly and malicious intent
     USAGE :
     Most impressively, he won a role of a lifetime as The Joker, complete with a lipstick-smeared leer, in The Dark Knight, this summer's highly anticipated follow-up to 2005's Batman Begins.
    ABC News, Heath Ledger: A Budding Career Cut Tragically Short, By SUSAN WLOSZCZYNA, Jan. 23, 2008
     
    cynosure [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A focal point of attraction and attention
    2) Something which serves to guide and direct
     USAGE :
     The prince, an avid gardener, is patron of the project. Its cynosure will be a simple 20ft tall, black granite sculpture, entitled Unity, designed by the Turner Prize-winning sculptor Anish Kapoor.
    The Telegraph, Royal couple start tour with tribute at Ground Zero, By Caroline Davies in New York
     
    germane [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Relevant; pertinent; fitting
     USAGE :
     Rural students have little or no access to books for supplementary reading on farming, household management and other subjects germane to their lives.
    The New York Times, Rebuilding Afghanistan, One Book at a Time, By NANCY HATCH DUPREE, July 19, 2008
     
    plebiscite [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A direct vote of the people expressing their opinion for or against, esp., a ruler or government
     USAGE :
     There is a trend towards greater participation in preselections in both parties through member plebiscites.
    Sydney Morning Herald, Primaries reveal true colours, Julian Leeser, July 15, 2008
     

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    nadir [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) The lowest possible point; extreme despair or adversity
    2) The point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer and diametrically opposite the zenith.
     USAGE :
     Relations between the two parties began to quickly deteriorate, reaching their nadir on Saturday when Mayawati formally withdrew support to the UPA government.
    The Hindustan times, Congress-SP ties pushed Mayawati to pull out, Rajesh Kumar Singh, June 21, 2008
     
    genuflect [ verb ]
     MEANING :
     1) To bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship
    2) To show servitude; be obedient
     USAGE :
     They genuflect toward a 17th-century painting of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, said to be the only flammable object to survive a major fire in 1731.
    Los Angeles Times, Zagreb, Croatia: Europe's new star, By Robert Cross, Chicago Tribune Staff Reporter, May 23, 2007
     
    conundrum [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A riddle whose answer involves a play of words or is a pun
    2) A difficult and intricate problem
     USAGE :
     Fans' apparent apathy toward the dark side of sports, as reflected in their continued financial support, presents a conundrum for owners and officials: If the fans are still paying to see the games, why should we take any drastic measures to try to fix it?
    ABC News, State of Sports: More Cheaters, Dopers, Criminals -- and Fans -- Than Ever Before, By JON WIENER, July 10, 2008
     
    leviathan [ noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) 1) An unusually gigantic water beast mentioned in the Bible
    2) Anything that is unusually large of its kind
    (adj.) Gigantic
     USAGE :
     IBM, needless to say, isn't the Big Blue of my early years. It is no longer the arrogant leviathan that would crush you like a bug for competing with it, or, in my case, writing nasty things about it.
    ABC News, Silicon Insider: The Laptop Lament, B U R L I N G A M E, Calif., April 24 2008
     
    lampoon [ noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) To criticize an individual or an institution through humorous writing or work of art
    (v.) To make the subject of a lampoon
     USAGE :
     Many cartoonists often target politicians as subjects for their lampoons.
     

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    burlesque [ noun, verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) 1) A dramatic or literary work that tries to mock or ridicule through grotesque comical exaggeration
    2) A grotesque theatrical entertainment which features obscene songs, slapstick humour, and sometimes striptease
    (v.) To imitate or mock in humorous way
     USAGE :
     His comedic schooling came from vaudeville, burlesque and nightclubs.
    CNN, Comedian Joey Bishop dies, October 18, 2007
     
    lexicon [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A dictionary
    2) A list of words used in a particular subject
     USAGE :
     While it is not likely that the listener will understand the lyrics that flow from the speakers, the language of polyrhythm and syncopation transcend the impositions of any systematized lexicon.
    National Geographic, New African Composers .
     
    corpulent [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Fat; stout; having a large bulky body
     USAGE :
     Catholics placed their own candidate, Sir John Everard, in the chair. Whereupon the Protestants placed their own candidate, the corpulent Sir John Davies, on his lap.
    BBC, A Short History of Ireland
     
    expiate [ verb ]
     MEANING :
     To amend one's mistakes; to atone or extinguish the guilt incurred
     USAGE :
     Pope Pius XII celebrated a special mass at St. Peter's basilica today "to expiate the crime of the enemies or God"--the Communists.
    Chicago Tribune, POPE SAYS MASS FOR EXPIATION OF RED CRIMES, Apr 4, 1949
     
    foible [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A slight flaw or weakness in character
    2) The weaker portion of a blade of a sword, from its middle to its tip.
     USAGE :
     He'll tell you a version of events you won't read in the official history books – one that doesn't spare the foibles and failings of the Philippines' various imperial overlords, from the Spanish to the Americans and the Japanese.
    News.com.au, Adelaide Now, Thriller in Manila for adventurous travellers, Brett Debritz, November 20, 2007
     

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    exacerbate [ verb ]
     MEANING :
     Aggravate; increase intensity, bitterness or violence
     USAGE :
     The move was likely to exacerbate the political tensions that have been running high since the opposition made unprecedented gains in the March general elections, eroding the ruling coalition's majority.
    The Age, Anwar arrest triggers call for street protest, July 17, 2008
     
    expedite [ verb ]
     MEANING :
     1) To speed up or hasten the progress of
    2) To accomplish or execute promptly
    3) To issue or dispatch, say, an official letter
     USAGE :
     The messages request personal information that supposedly would expedite the turnaround time of either a tax refund or a stimulus rebate check.
    ABC News, IRS Warns of New Online Tax Scams: Protect Yourself, March 28, 2008
     
    condign [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Appropriate; well-deserved
     USAGE :
     It is condign punishment that Mr Brown will be at No 10 to reap the harvest he has sown.
    The Telegraph, As Mr Brown will find next door, his is not quite the miracle that is proclaimed, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
     
    libertine [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A person who lives without moral restraint
    2) A person who is a freethinker
     USAGE :
     The two brothers, the zealot and the libertine, dominate Coll's epic account of the wealthy Saudi Arabian family whose construction industry fortune was amassed by their father, Mohamed.
    ABC News, Blood Brothers: Could Osama Have Been Tamed?, By MARCUS BARAM, April 3, 2008
     
    portmanteau word [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A word formed by combining the meanings and sounds of two different words
     USAGE :
     Smirting is a portmanteau word, formed by packing parts of two words together to create another, combining the sense of each.
    Times Online, Ben Macintyre celebrates the portmanteau, From The Times, May 2, 2008
     

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    logomachy [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) An argument about or concerning words
    2) A meaningless battle of words
     USAGE :
     Throughout the various pamphlets of the celebrated logomachy, he seems never to lose for a moment his feeling of complete and easy mastery over his opponent, writing always with good-humoured assurance of victory, and with the unsparing derision of one who fears no retort.
    Theatre Database, Characteristics of English Poets from Chaucer to Shirley, By William Minto
     
    liturgy [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     The prescribed set forms of rituals for public religious worship
     USAGE :
     My attitude toward liturgy is “Just give me my lines and my blocking.”
    Chronicles Magazine, Some Thoughts on Motu Proprio Mania, by Mark Shea
     
    braggadocio [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) Empty boasting; bragging
    2) A person who boasts; braggart
     USAGE :
     "It's the hottest thing on television," Trump proclaimed to reporters Thursday, a bit of vintage braggadocio dating back to his meteoric rise in the '80s.
    CNN, Donald Trump is back and riding high
     
    extirpate [ transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1) To destroy or remove completely; exterminate
    2) To pull up by; uproot
     USAGE :
     President George W. Bush still favored the Israeli offensive to extirpate Hezbollah from Lebanon.
    CNN, Tyrell: The commander in chief's blood pressure, Friday, August 4, 2006
     
    palaver [ noun, verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) 1) A long negotiation between enemies or esp. one between primitive tribes and European traders
    2) Long idle talk or chatter
    (v.) 1) To parley or negotiate
    2) To talk idly or profusely
    (v. t.) To coax or flatter
     USAGE :
     The whole bullying palaver would have been manipulated to get best possible ratings and controversial headlines making whoever was in the frontline to cop the brunt of it.
    News.com.au, Demelza 'took rap for bullying', Tom Ford , July 03, 2008
     

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    solecism [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) Something inconsistent with the normal, or accepted order
    2) A nonstandard or ungrammatical usage of language
    3) A breach of decorum or good manners
     USAGE :
     A solecism of initial blunder may generate legal heat and forensic spiral from court to court.
    The Hindu, Industrial jurisprudence, V. R. KRISHNA IYER
     
    extradite [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     The surrender of a criminal or a fugitive from one country or authority to another
     USAGE :
     Serbia’s foreign minister says it will not extradite a Serbian student wanted in New York on assault charges.
    The New York Times, Serbia Won’t Extradite Assault Suspect, By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, July 22, 2008
     
    bric-a-brac [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     An assortment of small articles collected chiefly for decoration or sentimental value
     USAGE :
     Need to dust that collection of glass animals or other delicate items? Put on some fabric gloves -- the softer the better -- to clean your bric-a-brac thoroughly.
    Reader's Digest, Dusting TricksTimesaving and efficient ways to dust your home clean!, From Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things
     
    lurid [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Marked by sensationalism
    2) Glowing or shining in colour
    3) Having an unnatural glare
     USAGE :
     Earlier this month a private investigator hired by the adviser filed an affidavit making further lurid claims about Mr Najib and the Mongolian, only to retract it a day later, claiming he had made it under duress.
    The Economist, The trials of Anwar, Jul 17th 2008, BANGKOK
     
    beatific [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Bestowing or imparting bliss or blessings
    2) Having a saintly or blissful appearance
     USAGE :
     Shouted comments and piercing wolf-whistles were all welcomed with a beatific smile.
    Times Online, k. d. lang, David Sinclair at the Hammersmith Apollo
     

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    hackle [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A long and slender feather on the neck of a bird like a pigeon or a rooster
    2) (pl.) The hairs on the back of the neck of an animal like a dog or a cat, that rise in fear or anger
     USAGE :
     We think especially of another of Prince Charles's regiments, the Black Watch, with its famous "red hackle".
    The Telegraph, A question of pride, 30/11/2005
     
    loquacious [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Extremely talkative
     USAGE :
     Among us were Shidlovskiy's good friend, the Reverend John Wood, a loquacious, big-game-hunting Baptist preacher from Waco, Texas, and Wood's prominent physician neighbor, "Doctor Joe" Cunningham.
    National Geographic , Fossil Wars , Lewis M. Simons, May 2005
     
    benign [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Of a mild, gentle disposition
    2) Characterised by gentleness or kindness
    3) Favourable
    4) Harmless; non-malignant
     USAGE :
     The persecution in Smyrna would, then, have taken place under that most benign of emperors, Antonius Pius, who, it is said (by Melito quoted by Eusebius), had forbidden popular attacks on Christians
    Chronicles Magazine, African Democracy, by Thomas Fleming
     
    exhort [ verb ]
     MEANING :
     To warn or advise earnestly; to warn strongly and urgently
     USAGE :
     On several occasions, Sampson flew to Athens to exhort the Greek military dictatorship to "take action" in Cyprus.
    The Telegraph, Nicos Sampson, 22 Nov 2001
     
    soporific [ noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     (adj.) 1) Causing or tending to cause sleep
    2) Of or pertaining to sleep or drowsiness
    (n.) Something that causes sleep
     USAGE :
     His lecture is titled "Meaning in American Politics," but it might have been better titled "Dreaming in American Politics," for it proves a powerful soporific.
    ABC News, Book Excerpt: 'Smashmouth' by Dana Milbank (Pt. 2), Dana Milbank, September 30, 2004
     

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    complaisant [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Readily willing to please or oblige
     USAGE :
     It seems that these days AMD prefers to force feed complaisant journalist geese to produce what it hopes is the finest pâté de foie gras to present to its shareholders on toast.
    The INQUIRER, AMD is "out of step with Moore’s Law" Analysis:*The rise and rise of the analysts, By Mike Magee: Wednesday, 26 March 2008
     
    equine [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Of, related to, or resembling a horse
     USAGE :
     A 15-year-old horse has died of complications from West Nile virus in Riverside County, City News Service reports, marking the first equine victim of the mosquito-borne disease in California this year.
    Los Angeles Times, Horse dies of complications of West Nile virus, June 25, 2008
     
    balderdash [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     Nonsense; stupid, senseless talk or writing
     USAGE :
     The Foreign Ministry called the State Department report an "arrogant and self-justified document" in which the U.S. "let loose a spate of balderdash" against North Korea.
    ABC News, North Korea Questions US Stance on Nuclear Issue, By KELLY OLSEN , SEOUL, South Korea May 31, 2008 (AP)
     
    expropriate [ transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1) To deprive or take away from someone his possessions or ownership rights
    2) To take something from someone else for one's own use
     USAGE :
     An Argentine government secretary, Luis D'Elía, has lead recent efforts to expropriate Tompkins's holdings and publicly hinted that the environmentalist is working with the U.S. government to exert control over regional water supplies.
    National Geographic, "Not for Sale": S. America Natural Resources Going National, Kelly Hearn, October 31, 2006
     
    hackneyed [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Over familiar and dull through very frequent use
     USAGE :
     The central theme of the project is to do away with hackneyed ideas through a conscious effort.
     

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    harbinger [ noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) Someone or something that indicates or announces what is to come
    (tr. v.) To indicate the approach of
     USAGE :
     The significance of Mr Besley’s vote is that it could prove a harbinger of the MPC’s stance when it next meets, in August.
    The Economist, Monetary policy:A warning vote , Jul 24th 2008
     
    opalescent [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Showing a display of lustrous, rainbow like colours like that of the opal
     USAGE :
     Opalescent plastic could prove both pretty and handy
    Economist, Materials science: Opal fruits Aug 2nd 2007
     
    banal [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Lacking originality or novelty
    2) Commonplace; petty
     USAGE :
     In a series of leisurely-paced scenes, Suleiman shows the banal realties of petrol bomb attacks and army checkpoint searches, combining them with dreamlike sequences.
    BBC, Palestinian film shows life with conflict, Wednesday, 29 January, 2003
     
    necromancy [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) The practice of predicting the future by communicating with the spirits of the dead
    2) Black magic
     USAGE :
     The villagers believed that Lilith practised the black art of necromancy.
    BBC, The Gypsy Girl by Pauline Smith
     
    bedlam [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A state, place or scene of utter confusion and uproar
     USAGE :
     "The bomb went off and it was absolute bedlam - it was the biggest bang I've ever heard in my life," he said.
    BBC News, Teacher on Saudi blast 'bedlam'
     

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    bailiwick [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) The area or district of jurisdiction of a bailiff or a bailie
    2) One's area of specialization, interest or authority
     USAGE :
     As we neared Chawton (the home of Austen), a compelling signpost dramatically proclaimed the bailiwick as Jane Austen's country.
    The Hindu, Magazine Columns, Literary trail
     
    errant [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Given to travelling; roving, esp. in search of an adventure
    2) Straying from the proper course or accepted standards
    3) Moving about without an aim or direction
    4) Notorious; characterised by wrong behaviour
     USAGE :
     When I nail into vulnerable areas like door jambs, I use shims to protect the trim from errant hammer marks.
    Reader's Digest,The Family Handyman, Protection Against Hammer Marks, Craig Gennesey, September 2000
     
    aegis [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) protection; support: under the imperial aegis
    2) Classical Mythology. the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its centre the head of the Gorgon.
     USAGE :
     Kirsti Paakkanen, a stalwart of Finland's advertising world, was persuaded out of retirement to buy Marimekko from Amer for a song and under her aegis the company prospered, tapping new export markets.
    The Independent, How to dress like Jackie O, Susie Mesure, 23 March 2008
     
    hector [ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) A bully
    (intr. v.) To dominate or intimidate in a loud manner
    (tr. v.) To behave like a bully
     USAGE :
     The amusing conservatives who hector one another on Rupert Murdoch's Fox News were shouting a little louder yesterday morning.
    The Herald, The anti-war candidate may yet be belligerent, by IAN BELL, July 23 2008
     
    florid [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Ornate; flowery
    2) Ruddy; having a rosy blush
    3) (Archaic) Healthy
    3) (Obsolete) Covered with or abounding in flowers
     USAGE :
     The knob is a dome of bald rock and florid rhododendrons crowning Roan Mountain that thrusts into the blue Tennessee sky like a giant granite egg.
    National Geographic, One Day at a Time on the Five-Million-Step Program , June/July 2004
     

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    flummox [ transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     Perplex; confound; confuse
     USAGE :
     Benneteau, who reached the quarters here two years ago, repeated the trick in the second, breaking Federer's serve at 5-4 with a crosscourt backhand to flummox the advancing Swiss.
    ABC News, Federer Fends off Brave Benneteau Challenge, By Miles Evans, June 2, 2008
     
    heretic [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A person who holds controversial beliefs, especially contrary to religion, profession etc.
     USAGE :
     In 1633 the astronomer was tried as a heretic and forced to recant his theory that the Earth revolved around the sun.
    ABC NEWS, Vatican: It's OK to Believe in Aliens, By ARIEL DAVID, May 13, 2008
     
    ambidextrous [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Able to skilfully use both hands
    2) Unusually skilful; versatile; adroit
    3) Double-dealing; hypocritical or deceitful
     USAGE :
     He's also pianistically ambidextrous these days, a big deal for a brilliant artist who lost the use of his right hand in 1965 and only regained it - to a limited degree - about 10 years ago.
    The Sun, Fleisher celebrates 80 years of music, By Tim Smith, Sun Music Critic, July 20, 2008
     
    esoteric [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Understood by or designed for only a select few
    2) Requiring or showcasing special knowledge that is revealed only to a small group
    3) Private; confidential
    4) Of a rare, special, or unusual interest
     USAGE :
     The agenda featured esoteric items like a discussion of 19th-century social attitudes toward the germ theory and a detailed analysis of the inks that Galileo used in one of his manuscripts.
    The New York Times, Esoteric Wedge of Academia Is Roiled by Hunt for Bomber, WILLIAM J. BROAD, August 5, 1995
     
    apocryphal [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) spurious; of doubtful authenticity
    2) (often capitalised) Of or pertaining to the Apocrypha
     USAGE :
     The story may or may not be apocryphal but it reminds us that countries are created in the hearts and minds of men and women.
    BBC, History, Wales: A Culture Preserved, By Professor Rees Davies
     

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    anosmia [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     Loss or absence of the sense of smell
     USAGE :
     The likelihood of recovery from anosmia depends on what has caused it, as well as any treatment.
    BBC News, Sense and scent ability, By Claire Heald
     
    euphonious [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Having a pleasing sound; pleasant to the ear
     USAGE :
     This was often referred to as "neo-liberalism", though a more correct if less euphonious, title, would have been "neo-economic-liberalism".
    BBC, Liberalism in the United Kingdom, Rodney Barker, Professor at Government Department of the London School of Economics writes for BBC Parliament
     
    acquiesce [ verb ]
     MEANING :
     To agree without protest; to consent or comply tacitly
     USAGE :
     At times, it is of essence to acquiesce to be able to fight another day.
     
    highbrow [ noun, verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) A person who has or affects a highly cultivated and intellectual taste
    (v.) Of, relating to or being intellectual or cultivated
     USAGE :
     THE post-apocalyptic seems to be all the rage with readers of novels and short stories, both highbrow and low.
    The Economist, Prize-winning fiction:Apocalypse now, Jul 10th 2008
     
    frump [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) An unattractive, drab woman or girl
    2) An old-fashioned, staid person
     USAGE :
     The band, whose website defines a frump as "an unappreciated woman", describes itself an "all-mum garage band" and "group of women who need to make some noise".
    The Telegraph, 'Mom rock' will teach the punks a thing or two, By Catherine Elsworth, 18 Jul 2005
     

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    iconoclast [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A person who destroys religious images or objects to their worship
    2) A person who attacks prejudices, beliefs or institutions that are based on superstitions or erroneous rationale
     USAGE :
     A natural-born iconoclast, Fela was a legend in his own lifetime; as infamous for his lifestyle and politics as he was acclaimed for his music.
    National Geographic, Fela Kuti
     
    hoary [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Extremely old, and often impressive and admired
    2) Greyish white or white due to age
    3) White or whitish in colour
     USAGE :
     He used the hoary metaphor of thousands of planes landing safely at the airport every day, but we only hear about the ones with bumpy landings.
    ABC News, Beverley Lumpkin: Halls of Justice, By Beverley Lumpkin, June 22
     
    acrimonious [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Bitter, caustic, or sharply resentful in language, behaviour or nature
     USAGE :
     The prolonged and often acrimonious discussions over Barry's move are still developing on Wednesday.
    CNN, Goalkeeper Cavalieri on way to Liverpool, July 9, 2008
     
    eschew [ verb ]
     MEANING :
     To avoid or keep away from esp. from wrongdoings or evil; to shun
     USAGE :
     If this was not enough, the PMO statement, talking about the meeting of Left leaders with PM, went to the extent of indirectly advising the Left parties to "eschew the temptation of politicising the misery of the people". This is the first time in four years that PMO has reacted so bitterly.
    The Times of India, Left fumes at PMO tough talk, 26 Apr 2008, TNN
     
    fallible [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) (of persons) Very likely to make a mistake or be misled
    2) Likely to be erroneous, faulty or false
     USAGE :
     The final Test in Adelaide (next week) will be a cliffhanger because the Indians have now smelt blood and know this Australian team is fallible.
    Khaleej Times, Controversies got to Aussies: Inzy, 20 January 2008
     

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    grotesque [ noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     (adj.) 1) Unnatural or outlandish appearance or behaviour
    2) Characterised by extravagant, distorted and hideous shape and size
    (n.) Art that features fantastic and absurd human and animal figures intertwined with foliage, scrolls etc.
     USAGE :
     In an editorial, the tabloid newspaper, The Sun, said Gibbons' jailing was a "grotesque insult to Islam" and called Gibbons "an innocent abroad."
    CNN, Sudan president to meet British lawmakers over teddy bear case, December 2, 2007
     
    ersatz [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     An artificial and usually inferior substitute or imitation
     USAGE :
     The remaining sites would then be rebuilt in traditional style. Such conservation would not be ersatz antiquarianism but merely use appropriate materials to rescue a neighbourhood whose character should be as critical to old Kabul as saving Covent Garden was to London’s West End.
    Khaleej Times, Guns and glory, SIMON JENKINS, 21 June 2006
     
    ad nauseam [ adverb ]
     MEANING :
     To a sickening or disgusting degree; to the point of nausea
     USAGE :
     Through the haze of Bud Light and Stoli, the authentic Russian vodka, the sickening images of the second plane slicing through the World Trade Centre were played ad infinitum and ad nauseam.
    The Telegraph, Gordonstoun head 'drank to blot it out', By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent, 9 Sep 2001
     
    hovel [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A small and miserable dwelling
    2) An open shed which is low
     USAGE :
     When your home is a hovel, a neighbour seems an enemy because everybody is fighting for too little space.
    The Times of India, Creating your own space, Vastu Shastra/JUGAL KISHOR, 17 Mar 2002
     
    idée fixe [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     An idea that one has entertained for a long time; a fixed idea; obsession
     USAGE :
     Again, Berlioz's idée fixe puts in an appearance, with a heart-pounding variation for cellos and basses over which the theme itself floats in fragments.
    BBC, Meet the Phil 2006/07
     

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