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    Hi,

    Everyday we will post 5 new words with their meaning and usage. Other forum users - feel free to contribute with your own words and their meanings/usage. Please restrict the the discussion to vocabulary in this topic.

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    delectable [adjective]
    MEANING :
    Greatly enjoyable, delicious

    USAGE :
    Opt for the delectable soup, which is full of duck flavour with preserved mustard greens and bits of Chinese celery.
    Financial Times, Restaurant review: Xinn Tien Di, Bangkok, By Ken Hom, Published: May 26


    kiln [noun]
    MEANING :
    An oven or furnace that is used for baking substances like bricks and ceramics.

    USAGE :
    In what used to be a battleground, they're making bricks -- to build a kiln -- to make more bricks -- to rebuild their homes and villages.
    CNN.com, Afghanistan rebuilds economy, From Mike Chinoy, September 23, 2002


    quidnunc [noun]
    MEANING :
    A person who is nosy and inquisitive

    USAGE :
    Let a mutual friend introduce to him a stranger, and the quidnunc rides impatiently over the first sentence of salutation.
    Historical and Biographical Essays By John Forster


    cartography [noun]
    MEANING :
    The technique or art of creating maps or charts

    USAGE :
    Mapmaking, or cartography, has been greatly assisted by technological advancements since World War II.
    Maps - MSN Encarta


    sybarite [noun]
    MEANING :
    A person who is fond of luxury and pleasure

    USAGE :
    The next Depp film to hit the big screen will be Libertine, the story of the debauched life of the Earl of Rochester, the 17th century poet, rake and sybarite who died of syphilis at the age of 33.
    BBC NEWS, UK, Magazine, Faces of the week

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    covet [ verb ]
    MEANING :
    1) To desire keenly
    2) To long for something that belongs to someone else

    USAGE :
    Such credibility and accuracy is vital to cultivate the viewer's trust and elicit the emotional response filmmakers covet.
    Reader's Digest, Hollywood Goes to War, From smart bombs to terrorist plots, fiction gets eerily factual., By Robert F. Howe


    knave [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    A person who is dishonest and crafty.

    USAGE :
    It's a story of a young knave who goes to church and he's in love with the lady of the manor, Lady Barnard and they get together one night in her bower.
    BBC - Leicester World on Your Street - Name of story


    ramification [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    A development or consequence growing out of a source and sometimes complicating a problem.

    USAGE :
    He expects that the centennial manufacturer's "pickup sales will be weak" for the duration of the year, as a ramification of the weakness in housing.
    CNBC News, GM's New Brands Give It Edge Over Rivals, Auto Analyst Says, Posted By: Greg Levine, Tuesday, 3 Apr 2007


    cataclysm [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    1) A violent upheaval of a social or political nature
    2) A violent physical action that causes changes in the surface of Earth.
    3) A devastating flood or famine

    USAGE :
    1) Changes in food habits signal more portentous cataclysm.
    2) A cataclysm, 50 million years ago, changed the face of the planet from the Hawaiian Islands to Antarctica, a new study by Australian researchers from the University of Sydney, has revealed.
    1) The Times of India, Wok on the Wild Side, 19 Jun 2005
    2) The Times of India, 50 mn-yr-old calamity changed Earth, 25 Oct 2007, ANI


    pliable [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    1) Able to bend or reshape easily
    2) Easily led or influenced by others
    3) Ability to adapt readily

    USAGE :
    1) Experiment with the shapes and sizes of the candles by cutting out sheets of thin, pliable cardboard and rolling them up in various ways.
    2) Jimmie Briggs, author of "Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War," said child soldiers were often used instead of adults because they were usually immature, very pliable, and had fewer inhibitions.
    1) Reader's Digest, Aromatic Beeswax Candles, From The Make-It-Yourself Gift Book
    2) ABC News, Exclusive: Child Soldiers Recall Learning Lessons of War Instead of the Classroom, By JERIKA RICHARDSON and LARA SETRAKIAN, ABC News Law & Justice Unit, Dec. 7, 2006
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    deride [ verb ]
    MEANING :
    To ridicule and make fun of

    USAGE :
    'There are some people who might try to deride this trip as a photo opportunity,' Perino said.
    The Times of India, Bush's secret trip to Iraq was 5-6 weeks in the planning, 4 Sep 2007, AP


    languid [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    Lacking vitality or energy; Showing little or no spirit.

    USAGE :
    Lee: tall, languid and with a laid-back intelligence, was a perfect foil to the childish, enthusiastic Herring.
    Review: Fist of Fun


    reprisal [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    Act of vengeance

    USAGE :
    The latest actions follow a day of sustained Israeli military attacks against Palestinian targets in reprisal for the killing of six Israeli soldiers by Palestinian gunmen on Monday night.
    BBC News, Israel steps up reprisal raids, Wednesday, 20 February 2002


    credulous [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    Willing to believe too readily, without adequate evidence

    USAGE :
    Reporters gave Burnstein and Colby's dubious claims so much credulous press coverage that politicians in Maine quickly banned food irradiation.
    Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity, John Stossel


    rancid [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    1) Unpleasant, stale smell or taste
    2) Offensive, disagreeable

    USAGE :
    Tung oil is a popular finish for wood projects. There’s just one problem with it—if you don’t use it all up, the leftover oil quickly turns rancid from air trapped inside the bottle.
    Reader's Digest, Workshop tips SPECIAL SECTION, By Bruce Wiebe, From The Family Handyman, January 2001

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    excoriate [ verb ]
    MEANING :
    To condemn, criticize harshly

    USAGE :
    The worst thing, by contrast, is simply to excoriate your opponents while carrying on as before.
    Telegraph, Plus c'est la même chose, 06/05/2002


    lien [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    The legal right to claim or sell property of a debtor as security or payment for a debt .

    USAGE :
    It is likewise clearly established, that insurance brokers have a lien upon all policies, and bankers upon all paper securities, and attornies upon all papers in their possession belonging to their employers, for the general balance of their accounts.
    A Treatise of the Law Relative to the Rights of Lien and Stoppage in Transitu, By Richard Whitaker


    salutary [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    1) Favourable to health
    2) Designed for improvement

    USAGE :
    Sometimes we build a fire for no reason whatsoever. No guests, no need to heat, just to be with. It is salutary -- the warmth, the color, the crackle, the hiss.
    The Sun, When Winter's Bringing Me Down, I Turn To The Fireplace, By SUSAN PLESE, The Hartford Courant


    antecedent [ noun ]
    MEANING : Preceding events that affect later developments

    USAGE :
    When I heard it yesterday, while trolling for Carlin fodder, I realized that this is a clear antecedent to The Googlenope, a concept I created.
    The Washington Post, Chatological Humor, Gene Weingarten, Washington Post Staff Writer, Tuesday, June 24, 2008


    insipid [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    1) bland, unsavoury taste
    2) Insignificant, lacking impact
    3) Uninteresting or lacking stimulating, distinctive qualities

    USAGE :
    Deep in injury time, with a header every bit as emphatic as his overall performance had been insipid, Thierry Henry taught Manchester United a valuable lesson in taking nothing for granted.
    The Herald, Arsenal 2 - 1 Manchester United, KAREN GILES
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    Abstruse - sumthing that is too vague or difficult to comprehend!!

    usage: Whatever my friend says is so abstruse that I tend to switch off whenever he starts speaking.

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    N yeah.. abstruse is an adjective..

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    flagrant [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    Evidently unpleasant; shockingly bad

    USAGE :
    "After years of being outraged at the Bush administration's flagrant disregard for FISA, Congress now is poised to give the president even greater powers to spy on our phone calls and emails," added Connell.
    CNBC News, ACLU of Illinois Urges Senator Obama to Vote No on FISA 'Deal', 07 Jul 2008


    martyr [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    A person who makes great sacrifices, suffers, or dies for his belief.

    USAGE :
    "We also feel proud of the martyrs whose bodies were returned here today," Suleiman said.
    CNN, Lebanon hails militants freed in prisoner swap


    scathing [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    1) Harshly critical
    2) harmful, injurious

    USAGE :
    George Carlin, 71 -- Comedian whose groundbreaking comedy tested the boundaries of censorship and gave scathing social criticism a new voice.
    abc News, In Memoriam: Lives of Note, June 29, 2008


    mnemonics [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    Device or technique of improving memory with the help of some formulas

    USAGE :
    Official guardian of celestial terminology the IAU may be. But it is struggling to bat away the tomatoes being thrown at it by a sentimental public and a generation of schoolchildren who do not want to create new mnemonics to remember the names of the planets.
    The Economist, Pluto fights back, Sep 7th 2006


    prude [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    A person, esp., a woman who is excessively conscious about proper behaviour and appearance

    USAGE :
    In the blood of the socialist, there should always run a trace of the anarchist and the libertarian, and not too much of the prig and the prude.
    Telegraph, Forget the school, it's the teaching that counts, By Susan Crosland

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    WORD:enigma
    meaning: Puzzing
    usage:
    Life is an enigma.
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    fracas [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    A brawl; noisy argument

    USAGE :
    Several journalists also were caught up in the fracas and suffered injuries or lost their grips on cameras and recorders.
    CNN, Guards for African leaders battle; dozen injured, March 20, 2008


    meagre [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    Deficient in amount or quantity

    USAGE :
    Between these disturbing interviews, he survived on meagre supplies of food and eventually fell ill.
    Telegraph, Sean Langan, British film maker, reveals Taliban kidnap ordeal, By Angus McDowall, 28/06/2008


    stolid [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    Having or revealing very little sensitivity or emotion

    USAGE :
    English is not the inherited language of most people outside the South—the Midwest was swamped by Germans and their stolid mental processes in the 19th century and the East has been continually transformed by non-English speakers.
    Chronicles Magazine, Our Americanish Language, by Clyde N. Wilson


    usury [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    1) The lending of money at very high interest rates
    2) An exhorbitant amount or rate of interest

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    usurp [ verb ]
    MEANING :
    1) To take or seize (position, office) by force or without right
    2) Replace

    USAGE :
    Saul becomes envious of David and becomes suspicious that David might want to usurp him.
    BBC, Wales History - Romans - A falling Empire
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    Incarcerate (verb)

    meaning: to imprison or confine

    =usage: The government incarcerated people on the basis of mere suspicion.

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    glean [ verb ]
    MEANING :
    To gather the leavings left behind by reapers in a field; To accumulate bit by bit

    USAGE :
    Ennis may glean a medal in the wake of the electrifying Carolina Klüft of Sweden this weekend.
    Financial Times, Powell and Gay primed for electrifying contest, By Pat Butcher in Osaka, Published: August 25 2007


    momentous [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    Of extreme importance or significance

    USAGE :
    It has been a momentous week for Artur Boruc, if not quite for his Polish pals.
    The Herald, Retaining Boruc’s services must be main Celtic priority, DARRYL BROADFOOT, Chief Football Writer


    tutelage [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    1) The activity of a guardian or a tutor
    2) The state of being under a guardian or a tutor.

    USAGE :
    Eichmann was adept at learning practical skills on the job, under the tutelage of seniors he respected.
    BBC, World Wars, Genocide Under the Nazis, Adolf Eichmann: The Mind of a War Criminal, By Professor David Cesarani


    stasis [ noun ]
    MEANING :
    A balanced or static stage

    USAGE :
    They suggested that once species have evolved they change little, a condition they called “stasis.”
    MSN Encarta, Punctuated Equilibrium, Encyclopedia Article


    niche [ adjective ]
    MEANING :
    1) A small concavity
    2) A place or activity that is best suited for a person or a thing
    3) The status or function of an organism in an ecosystem
    4) A specialized market

    USAGE :
    When a new species forms, there's a very good chance that it will occupy a different niche from the ancestral species.
    National Geographic, Evolution Comes in Bursts, Gene Study Finds

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    chagrin [noun]
    meaning: A feeling of unease or embarrassment
    usage: He was chagrined when he wasn't declared the winner of the contest.

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    ablution [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A washing or cleansing of the body, especially for religious reasons
     USAGE :
     In the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, where thousands of devotees gathered to celebrate the birthday of one of the religion's most important gurus, there was not enough water available for the pre-prayer ablutions.
    CNN, Workers aim to restore power after massive India blackout, January 3, 2001
     
    boisterous [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Rough, noisy; rowdy; very jolly or high spirited
    2) (of waves) Stormy and rough
     USAGE :
     The work of British sculptor Raymond Mason, it depicts a crowd of boisterous market porters bearing fruit and vegetables and pushing laden handcarts.
    CNN, Central Paris treasure awaits discovery,By Mark Tungate, July 17, 2008
     
    grandiose [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Remarkably grand or important
    2) Grand in a pretentious way
     USAGE :
     We sat down for lunch in a grandiose dining room with wood-carved panels on the walls and about 15 tables.
    National Geographic, Lake Tanganyika, 1 September 2004
     
    decadence [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) The act or process of falling into decline, deterioration
    2) Moral or cultural degeneration
    3) Excessively self-indulgent
     USAGE :
     The other is that they're noble and pure people uncorrupted by the decadence of modern society.
    National Geographic, Anthropologist on Living With a Remote Amazon Tribe, By Tom Foreman, May 21, 2003
     
    echelon [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) 1) A formation of troops or military aircraft, or individuals wherein each unit is positioned somewhat to the right or left of the unit in front such that the entire formation appears like a series of stairs
    2) One of several units of such an arrangement
    3) Any group or unit that acts in an organised or disciplined way
    4) A grade or level of authority
    5) (Spectroscopy) A diffraction grating that consists of a series of plates arranged one after another in a stepwise manner
    (v.) To be a part of an echelon
     USAGE :
     The first Echelon of 21 B.D. Sector embarked in five LCT’s on June 2nd ’44 at Portland where they remained in harbour till Sunday, June 4th ’44.
    BBC, Report on the Landing in France of the First Echelon of 21 BD sector on D-day, 6 June 1944, by DavidHeathcote, 01 November 2003
     

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    akimbo [ adjective, adverb ]
     MEANING :
     (adv.) In a position in which the hands are on the hips and elbows extend outwards
    (adj.) Placed in a way such that the hands are on the hips and the elbows extend outward
     USAGE :
     Sitting in his small house near mann's compound on the town's outskirts, annu devotedly dips his hands into the mound of clay as he shapes out various postures of ganesha --standing with hands akimbo, nataraja-style and whatnot.
    The Times of India, Creating god is their job, 9 Aug 2001, TNN
     
    brazen [ adjective, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (adj.) 1) Made of brass
    2) Of or similar to brass in colour, strength, sound
    3) Audacious; shameless or insolent
    (tr. v.) To face with boldness or defiance; to face with impudence
     USAGE :
     Robert Mugabe's brazen power grab in Zimbabwe's election saga has left cracks in one of African leaders' unspoken rules: Never turn on one of your own.
    Washingtonpost, Dissent over Zimbabwe cracks African unity, By MICHELLE FAUL, The Associated Press, July 13, 2008
     
    demagogue [ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) 1) A person or leader who appeals to the prejudices or passions of the people to gain power
    2) In ancient times, a leader who champions the cause of the masses
    (intr. v.) To speak or behave like a demagogue
    (tr. v.) To treat an issue like a demagogue; obscure an issue with prejudice, emotions, etc.
     USAGE :
     Self confident and energetic, O'Connor was a charismatic demagogue, who used mass meetings and the widely read 'Northern Star' to unite the forces of the working class behind him.
    BBC, The Chartist Movement 1838 - 1848, By Stephen Roberts
     
    eclat [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) Showy display; publicity
    2) Brilliant performance or success
    3) Acclaim; renown
     USAGE :
     By McGonagall's own account, the poem was '... received with eclat and [he] was pronounced by the Press the Poet Laureate of the Tay Bridge...'.
    BBC Home : h2g2 : William McGonagall : 8th September 2000
     
    pique [ noun, verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) Feeling of anger or resentment, esp., aroused by a sense of wounded pride
    (v.) 1) To excite or arouse an emotion
    2) To provoke one to act or respond to a challenge
     USAGE :
     Traders’ concerns focus on the political and the practical. The first addresses whether the Saudis’ unilateral move will be, in effect, annulled by the pique of its peers.
    Financial Times, The Short View: Saudi oil, Jamie Chisholm, June 16 2008
     

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    cantankerous [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Ill tempered or quarrelsome person
     USAGE :
     A cantankerous iconoclast with bulging hazel eyes, scraggly salt-and-pepper beard, and wild locks flowing from beneath a floppy camouflage jungle hat, Possuelo, 63, is widely considered one of the Amazon's last great wilderness scouts and the leading authority on Brazil's remaining pockets of isolated Indians
    National Geographic, Into the Amazon, By Scott Wallace, August 2003
     
    doctrine [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A principle, belief system, or policy that is taught or advocated
    2) Something that is taught
    3) A principle or rule of law that is established esp. by a precedent
    4) A statement of government policy esp. concerned with international relations or military strategy
     USAGE :
     The doctrine was written last year by the man who will command US forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General David Petraeus.
    BBC, The Bush plan and the Petraeus doctrine, Analysis, By Paul Reynolds, 11 January 2007
     
    gumption [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) Common sense; shrewdness
    2) Initiative or aggressiveness
     USAGE :
     For all their bossiness and humourlessness, the rationalist Leftists, at least have some gumption.
    Telegraph, Lifting veil on the Left's war, 14 Dec 2001
     
    deign [ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (intr. v.) To condescend; to think it fitting or appropriate to one's dignity
    (tr. v.) To condescend to grant or offer
     USAGE :
     A Gillespie no-ball brings up England's 50 and a couple of people deign to clap in the stands.
    BBC, England v New Zealand as it happened, 16 January 2007
     
    effete [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Infertile; sterile; unable to produce
    2) Depleted of all vitality, effectiveness, or strength
    3) Characterised by decadence, self-indulgence or triviality
    3) Over refined; soft due to a pampered upbringing
     USAGE :
     The figure of Satan appears as a very effete character throughout the film, but not everybody will understand that.
    BBC, The Passion Of The Christ
     

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    chalice [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A cup or goblet for drinking
    2) A cup for the consecrated wine
     USAGE :
     The deacon put the chalice in a safe place—and perhaps even sent it to Spain—before being killed
    National Geographic, What's Inside Rome's Ancient Catacombs?, By Maria Cristina Valsecchi
     
    dawdle [ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (intr. v.) 1) To idle away; to waste time
    2) To loiter or saunter; to move slowly
    (tr.v.) To spend fruitlessly; trifle away
     USAGE :
     The scenery is great, the wildlife fantastic. However the proper way to appreciate it is not to dawdle along at 20mph (especially on 'A' roads, or around Loch Ness), find a place to stop and enjoy it properly.
    BBC, Countryside Etiquette, 29th August 2003
     
    gastronome [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     A connoisseur of fine food and drink
     USAGE :
     Adami was a gastronome, and impressed local elders with his readiness to eat the most disgusting-looking delicacies, of which sheeps' eyes were by no means the most offensive.
    Telegraph, Major 'Cuth' Adami, 25 March 2006
     
    delirium [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A brief, temporary state of mental confusion characterised by hallucination, delusions, incoherent speech, caused by high fever, shock, intoxication or other causes
    2) A state of uncontrolled and frenzied emotion
     USAGE :
     On Wednesday, forensic pathologist Dr David Raus told the inquest that Excited Delirium (ED), a condition some doctors believe can lead to a heart attack, was responsible for Mr Sylvester's death.
    BBC, 'Syndrome killed custody man', By Cindi John, BBC News Online community affairs reporter, 24 September, 2003
     
    egregious [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Flagrant; glaringly bad or offensive
    2) (Archaic) Eminent; distinguished
     USAGE :
     He found Irving's arguments - and by extension the claims of deniers in general - to be 'perverse and egregious'.
    BBC, Denying The Holocaust, By Deborah Lipstadt
     

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    churlish [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Mean and impolite
     USAGE :
     Leading academician Zamiruddin told the Hindustan Times that the decision was "churlish and thoughtless" unless the government replaced the rhymes with equally popular and easy-to-learn Indian ones.
    BBC, Humpty Dumpty ruled 'too Western' , 14 June 2006
     
    buoyant [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Tending or ability to float
    2) Cheerful; lively
     USAGE :
     A buoyant Colin Montgomerie yesterday regarded world No.1 Tiger Woods as beatable and declared himself a contender for next week's Open Championship at Carnoustie.
    The Herald, Monty plans to prove he’s a major contender again, DOUGLAS LOWE, Golf Correspondent,12 July 2007
     
    gerontology [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     The branch of science dealing with the process of aging and the problems of aged people
     USAGE :
     This idea goes back to one of the founders of scientific gerontology, Bruce Ames of the University of California, Berkeley.
    Economist, How to live forever, 3 Jan 2008
     
    denigrate [ transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1) To malign or defame someone; to criticize in a derogatory way
    2) To belittle; to disregard the importance or value of someone or something
    3) Blacken; to make black
     USAGE :
     Those two communities are trying to do things to improve the situation, so this isn't to denigrate them.
    National Geographic, World Summit Erred by Ignoring Tourism, Editor Says, By Robin R. Burfield, September 4, 2002
     
    El Dorado [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) An imaginary city in South America sought by Spanish explorers for its great riches and wealth
    2) A place offering extraordinary wealth or opportunities
     USAGE :
     An almighty task, but to those in the world of shipwrecks, pirates and treasure troves, this was their El Dorado.
    BBC, How To Find A Treasure Trove, 19 May 2007
     

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    coeval [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Belonging to the same age or period
     USAGE :
     There was no chicanery here, it was just three bonhomie types all coeval physically and mentally.
    BBC, Slippery Stage, By Tim Bearder
     
    bruit [ noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) 1) (Medicine) Any general abnormal sound heard on auscultation
    2) (Archaic) Rumour; report
    3) (Archaic) Noise; din; clamour
    (tr. v.) To spread rumour; repeat
     USAGE :
     Using a stethoscope to listen to your carotid arteries, your doctor can detect a noise, called a 'bruit', made by turbulent blood flow through a narrowed artery.
    BBC, Strokes, 11th May 2001
     
    gainsay [ verb ]
     MEANING :
     To deny or contradict
     USAGE :
     They included mandatory jail terms for persistent burglars and drug dealers, something the judiciary opposed but which Labour, recognising the popularity of a tough stand on crime, could not gainsay.
    Telegraph, Labour happy to follow Howard's way, 10 August 2004
     
    détente [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     The relaxing or easing of tension, between rivals, esp. nations, through negotiations or talks.
     USAGE :
     Nevertheless, General Bashir said the pardon was made at the request of the two priests and in a spirit of political detente.
    BBC, Alleged Khartoum bombers pardoned, 6 December, 1999
     
    embargo [ noun, verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) 1) A government ban on the movement of trade ships into or out of its ports
    2) A government edict prohibiting trade with foreign nations
    3) A prohibition; a ban
    (v.) To impose an embargo on
     USAGE :
     In October 1962 the United States and the Soviet Union were on the brink of nuclear war after the Kennedy administration discovered that the Soviet Union was constructing missiles in Cuba. As a result the U.S. government banned U.S. tourist travel to Cuba, and that embargo remains today.
    National Geographic, Travel Editor: Off-Limits Cuba a Diamond in the Rough, by Sarah Mullin for National Geographic News, October 22, 2002
     

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    commodious [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     Spacious and roomy
     USAGE :
     Living in cheap and commodious housing, inhabitants of the larger settlement blocs close to the Green Line could enjoy a comfortable suburban lifestyle within an easy commute to jobs inside Israel itself.
    National Geographic, Lines in the Sand: Deadly Times in the West Bank and Gaza, By Andrew Cockburn, October 2002
     
    bulwark [ noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     (n.) 1) A solid wall built for defence; a rampart
    2) Something serving as a strong support or protection
    3) Breakwater
    4) (usu. plural) The side of a ship above the upper deck
    (tr. v.) To fortify or protect with a bulwark
     USAGE :
     Clinton hopes Texas will serve as a bulwark against Obama's wave of growing political support.
    CNN, Obama faces fire from Clinton, McCain, 14 February, 2008
     
    gamut [ noun ]
     MEANING :
     1) A complete range of anything
    2) The entire range of recognized musical notes
     USAGE :
     There are 11 nominees, whose finely nuanced performances run the full gamut from comedy to tragedy.
    Telegraph, Cannes Film Festival: Canines battle it out for top Palm Dog, 20 May 2008
     
    diffident [ adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1) Lacking in self-confidence; timid; shy
    2) Unassertive; reserved in manner or speech
     USAGE :
     Bell put his successful return down to extra work not only on technique but also on his presence at the crease, after being described as diffident during the Ashes.
    BBC, Bell puts Pakistan before Ashes, 15 August 2006
     
    emetic [ noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     (adj.) Causing vomiting
    (n.) A substance that causes vomiting
     USAGE :
     Napoleon's doctors gave him large doses of purgatives including tarter emetic and, the day before his death, a massive dose of mercurous chloride, called calomel.
    National Geographic, Pick Your Poison - 12 Toxic Tales, by Cathy Newman, May 2005
     

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