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Alacrity

Alacrity I remember how my mom used to promise me an ice-cream and I would complete my homework on time with alacrity. There is a cheerful willingness to complete my work and have my chocolate ice-cream. Alacrity is when we do things with liveliness, quickness or cheerful willingness. If all our tasks are accompanied with joys of ice-cream and stuff, we sure would do our tasks with a briskness which is hard to imagine otherwise. Pronunciation: uh-lak-ri-tee The dictionary definitions for alacrity are as follows: 1. Cheerful willingness 2. Speed or quickness 3. Liveliness; briskness Master tip to learn the word: Alacrity can be learnt by crity which can be related to creativity. All creative people are eager or willing to create different things. Usage Examples 1. The local police responded with purpose and alacrity. 2. We accepted the invitation with alacrity. 3. They would rush to the spot with alacrity, and ask only to be told what to do. 4. There's also a battle mode in the game, the object being to whack the other players with speed and alacrity.

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Hipster

Hipster Pronunciation: hip-ster Hipsters belonged to the 1950s! Seriously they did! This is a term that came into the language back in 50s and used to represent someone who rejected the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle Got the video? This is what the hipsters of today would look like in 1962. Well, we just got to keep our fingers crosses, don’t we? Meaning of Hipster: 1. A person who is hip. 2. A person, especially during the 1950s, characterized by a particularly strong sense of alienation from most established social activities and relationships.

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Disparage

Disparage Sometimes its no use having etiquettes, some people will go ahead and belittle others anyway with their lack of manners. This action of showing disrespect to someone and not caring for their work/sentiments is called disparaging them. Pronunciation: dih-spar-ij Meanings of Disparage 1) To disrespect someone or something 2) To lower someone’s rank, esteem 3) To disrespect someone subtly or indirectly 4) To mock someone as if lowering someone’s esteem Master’s tip to learn Disparage Disparage can be easily learnt by associating it with the word miscarriage, as second half of the word disparage sounds similar. Also, miscarriage in this context can come to mean not be able to carry someone’s respect properly .i.e. miscarriage of respect. Though, miscarriage means something completely different. Sentences examples for Disparage 1) Please do not disparage me. (Verb) 2) She disparaged me so subtly that I could not understand for few minutes. (Verb) 3) She talks to me disparagingly. (Adverb)

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Gesticulate

Gesticulate There would have been a time when you would be advised to control your hand movements while speaking, especially for competitions like extempore. Otherwise you would be called as gesticulator. Well, gesticulating is one sub-conscious impulse for most individuals and is something that just happens, for no reason as ll. It is a verb and its first usage dates back to 1595-1605. Pronunciation: je-stik-yuh-leyt Meanings of Gesticulate 1) To make gesture while speaking commonly with hands 2) To say something with gestures alone Master’s Tip to learn Gesticulate ‘Gesticulate’ sounds like someone has gastric trouble. Well, if someone does have gastric trouble, he would ‘gesticulate’ a lot because of the gastric trouble that brews within. Further, gesticulate can be learnt with the help of that one person in our environment who uses lot of hand movements while talking. Sentence Examples for Gesticulate 1) Despite his high intellect he could not score in extempore because he gesticulated through the entire speech. (Verb) 2) His speech is replete with gesticulations. (Adjective) 3) His intention to intimidate his classmates is clear when his behaviour is gesticulatory. (Adjective)

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Insolent

Insolent You would be an insolent person if you had the guts to address someone with an obscene name in the public and your behaviour would be insolent if you didn’t treat your elders with respect. So, just for the sake of vocabulary think before writing lewd slangs as your status on Facebook. Since, it’s an Adjective, it will describe you well. Pronunciation: in-suh-luhnt The dictionary definitions for insolent are as follows: 1) Boldly rude or disrespectful 2) Showing an aggressive lack of respect in way of speaking or behaviour Master tip to learn insolent Insolent can be easily learnt with the help of the word insulin (hormone responsible for regulating carbohydrate and fat metabolism in body), as you speak these words; they would sound a bit similar despite different spellings and meanings. Further, if you want to remember this word with a picture of a man, remember any Rap singer these days, as their lyrics are usually unrestrained and lewd. Insolent can be used in following ways: 1) He was insolent enough to call that girl with unrespectable names in public. (Adjective) 2) His friends also avoid him, as his behaviour is usually insolent. (Adjective)

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Obsess

Obsess It’s a psychological term, used for people whose thoughts are pre-occupied somewhere, because of their intense fascination towards something. It is said that everything has a limit to it, and if exceeded the limit it becomes a kind of obsession. Everyone has one or the other fascination or one spends time during doing that activity, it’s just the magnitude that differs. Sometimes obsessions can be extremely devastating to mental or physical health, it should be cured by time. <h3>Pronunciation: uhb-ses</h3> <h3>Meaning of Obsess:</h3> 1. To preoccupy the mind of excessively. 2. To think about something unceasingly or persistently; dwell obsessively haunt like a ghost; pursue 3. Something or someone that you think about all the time:

upon something.

<h3>Master Tip to Learn Obsess:</h3> Every person on this earth is having one or the other obsession, we only come to realize about it when this obsession starts affecting our life, and we starts feeling that our obsession is killing our work life. So discover the obsessions in you, and check the magnanimity of that. <h3>Sentence Examples for Obsess:</h3> 1. Almost all of us can find something to obsess about at a restaurant. 2. We stew and obsess and make tiny things into giant ones. 3. They obsess over an occupation that should have been ended decades ago.

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Reprehensible

Reprehensible When we blame someone for our unhappiness, then it is perhaps that he/she deserves the blame. And, trust yourself, being human sometimes and blaming others for once will not hurt anyone. Its first known usage dates back to 1350-1400 and it is an adjective. Pronunciation: rep-ri-hen-suh-buhl Meanings of Reprehensible 1) Someone deserving blame and reproach/scolding 2) Someone deserving criticism/disapproval Master’s tip to learn Reprehensible Reprehensible can be learnt with the help of a character in Harry Potter .i.e. Lord Voldemort. His character is such that he attracts disapproval and reproach from muggles and magic folks alike. His character and his ugliness are both reprehensible and epitome of the word reprehensible. Sentences examples for Reprehensible 1) He is known for his reprehensible acts of violence against animals. (Adjective) 2) Reprehensibility of his acts/character makes him undesirable in his neighbourhood. (Noun)

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Work Out Zone
Work Out 1: Match the following words with their respective meanings or synonyms. Word 1 Alacrity 2 Hipster 3 Disparage 4 Gesticulate 5 Insolent 6 Obsess 7 Reprehensible Meaning or Synonym A blameworthy B ridicule C haunt D impolite E eagerness F signal G liberal

Work Out 2: Did you really understand the word? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Alacrity in war is a must. Old people dislike hipster attitude. We must disparage our elders. Hands can never be used for gesticulating. Insolent behaviour is always a welcome in schools. Some people are obsessed with drinking. My reprehensible response scared off the kids. yes yes yes yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no

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Answers: Work Out Zone
Work Out 1 1-E, 2-G, 3-B, 4-F, 5-D, 6-C, 7-A Work Out 2 1-yes, 2-yes, 3-no, 4-no, 5-no, 6-yes, 7-yes

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