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Archaic

The Vocab Weekly Archaic Archaic Archaic means primitive and old. It refers to something that pertains
Archaic Archaic means primitive and old. It refers to something that pertains to an earlier time,

Archaic

Archaic means primitive and old. It refers to something that pertains to an earlier time, something that was commonly used earlier but is rare in present day. Remember the words like ‘thee’, ‘thou’ used in poems that we studied in school, they are now considered archaic. Its origin dates back to 1825 -35 and was derived from the Greek word archaïkós.

Pronunciation: ahr-key-ik

Meanings of Archaic

  • 1. No longer used or applied

  • 2. Characteristic of a much earlier, often more primitive period, especially one that develops into a classical

stage of civilization

  • 3. Forming the earliest stage; prior to full development

Master’s Tip to Learn Archaic Archaic can be related to archive which is a collection of old things. It can also be related to archaeology which is the study of old things.

Sent ence Examples for Archaic

  • 1. Jurassic Park movie portrays the various archaic forms of life.

  • 2. The narrow- minded village people still follow the archaic traditions of sati.

  • 3. At one time the limit to human population was based on archaic technology.

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Artifice

The Vocab Weekly Artifice Artifice Artifice is a clever trick or a cunning strategy. It is
Artifice Artifice is a clever trick or a cunning strategy. It is used as a noun.

Artifice

Artifice is a clever trick or a cunning strategy. It is used as a noun. It is pretty much like the word artful and has a similar meaning too but is used in the negative sense though. In the movie ‘Catch me if you can’ Leonardo diCaprio’s character uses his artifice to get through difficult situations and fools people. It is derived from the Latin word artificium which means craftsmanship. It originated around 1530.

Pronunciation: ahr-tuh-fis

Meanings of Artifice

  • 1. A deceptive maneuver taken up especially to avoid capture

  • 2. Cleverness, ingenuity

  • 3. False or deceptive behavior

  • 4. A skillful expedient

Master’s Tip to Learn Artifice As said above, it is pretty much like the word artful but with a more negative meaning. Another way to learn Artifice can be to associate it with the word artificial which means something tha t is fake or deceptive, quite similar to artifice.

Sentence Examples for Artifice

  • 1. People without any ego or artifice are generally worth holdin on to.

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Attenuated

The Vocab Weekly Attenuated Attenuated Attenuated means to lessen or weaken in intensity or effect. It
Attenuated Attenuated means to lessen or weaken in intensity or effect. It can be used as

Attenuated

Attenuated means to lessen or weaken in intensity or effect. It can be used as a verb or as an adjective. When something loses its force or value, it is then called to be attenuated. Origin of the word attenuated dates back to 1520-30 and is derived from the Latin word attenuātus.

Pronunciation: uh-ten- yoo - eyt; -yet

Meanings of Attenuated

  • 1. To lessen or decrease in intensity, effect or value

  • 2. To reduce in strength

  • 3. To make thin, slender or fine

  • 4. Rarefy

Master’s Tip to Lear n Attenuated One can remember it by breaking attenuated into atte- nu-ate. Atte is changing to ate, that is, it is lessening. Attenuated is frequently used in science for signals travelling through a medium. While travelling out of the city, the radio signals start to fade out and become unclear. The sound coming is attenuated.

Sentenc e Examples for Attenuated

  • 1. The attenuated tunes of the old recording still keep playing in my head.

  • 2. As we moved out of the building, the wi-fi signals attenuated.

  • 3. When I saw the hotel’s kitchen, my desire to eat there attenuated.

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AU Courant

The Vocab Weekly AU Courant Au courant Au Courant is a French word where au means
Au courant Au Courant is a French word where au means ‘in the’ and courant means

Au courant

Au Courant is a French word where au means ‘in the’ and courant means ‘current’, thus, au courant meaning ‘in the current’ that is, up -to-date and well informed on current affairs. It is used as an adjective and its comparative and superlative degrees are more au courant and most au courant respectively.

Pronunciation: oh koo-rahN

Meanings of Au Courant

  • 1. Up-to- date

  • 2. Being up to particular standard or level

  • 3. Informed on current affairs; fully familiar

Master ’s Tip to Learn Au Courant One can remember the meaning of Au Courant by relating ‘courant’ to ‘current’ as both of them sound close to each other. Therefore it would mean having all the current details.

Sentenc e Examples for Au Courant

  • 1. Constant revision of members’ details helps keep the records au courant.

  • 2. It is very important to stay au courant with the various developments in the country.

  • 3. The au courant teacher informed his students of the new technologies in their field.

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Audacity

The Vocab Weekly Audacity Audacity Audacity is a noun which refers effrontery, insolence or shameless boldness,
Audacity Audacity is a noun which refers effrontery, insolence or shameless boldness, especially with confident or

Audacity

Audacity is a noun which refers effrontery, insolence or shameless boldness, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought or other restrictions. Its origin dates back to 1400 - 50 when it was derived from the Latin word audacite.

Pronunciation: aw- das-i-tee

Meanings of Audacity

  • 1. An act of fearless daring or recklessness

  • 2. Intrepidity or insolent heedlessness to restraints

  • 3. Aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery

Master’s Tip to Learn Audacity Audacity can be remembered by relating it to audition. When you go for some audition you need to be bold and daring. Interestingly, audacity can be related to ‘Audi’ which is the luxury car manufacturer company. For 80% of the population buying an Audi car would be a bold and reckless prospect.

Sentence Examples for Audacity

  • 1. I was appalled to see his audacity in how he was talking to the principal.

  • 2. He had the audacity to question the judge.

  • 3. Her worst audacities did not seem to surprise him.

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Benevolent

The Vocab Weekly Benevolent Benevolent Benevolent means showing or motivated by kindness, sympathy and generosity. It
Benevolent Benevolent means showing or motivated by kindness, sympathy and generosity. It is used as an

Benevolent

Benevolent means showing or motivated by kindness, sympathy and generosity. It is used as an adjective.Benevolent originated around 1425-75 from the Latin word benevolēns.

Pronunciation: buh- nev-uh-luhnt

Meanings of Benevolent

  • 1. Intending or showing kindness

  • 2. Generous in helping others or charity

  • 3. Concerned with doing good or expressing goodwill

Master ’s Tip to Learn Benevolent One can learn benevolent by breaking it into ‘ne’ ‘violent’, meaning not violent. Thus, benevolent would be someone who is not violent but is kind and sympathetic in all his deeds.

Sentenc e examples for Benevolent

  • 1. Jesus was always benevolent towards his disciples.

  • 2. Mother Teresa preached everyone towards a benevolent society.

  • 3. So gossip was originally a benevolent practice vital for the saving ofsouls if it were not misused.

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Blase

The Vocab Weekly Blase Blasé We often get bored after listening to a song over and
Blasé We often get bored after listening to a song over and over again and become

Blasé

We often get bored after listening to a song over and over again and become indifferent to it. We can say that we have become blasé to that song. Blasé means indifferent to or unconcerned about something because of frequent exposure to it. It is an adjective. Blasé is a French word and its first known us age has been traced back to 1819.

Pronunc iation: blah- zey, blah-zey

Meanings of Blasé

  • 1. Indifferent to something because of over indulgence

  • 2. Apathetic to worldly pleasures

  • 3. Nonchalantly unconcerned

Master’s Tip to Learn Blasé Blasé sounds close to the word blast. Blast can be related to it by thinking that whenever someone gets bored with something by doing it almost every day, they’re forced to go out to have a blast.

Sentence Examples for Blasé

  • 1. His blasé attitude towards their marriage was the reason for their falling apart.

  • 2. People often become blasé about their parents when they reach old age.

  • 3. It is not healthy to develop a blasé attitude towards your studies at this stage of your career.

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Work Out Zone

Work Out 1: Match the following words with their respective meanings or synonyms.

Word

Meaning or Synonym

 
  • 1 gimmick

Archaic

A

 
 

Artifice

  • 2 boldness

B

 
 

Attenuated

  • 3 compassionate

C

 
 
  • 4 depreciated

Au courant

D

 
 
  • 5 uninterested

Audacity

E

 
 
  • 6 informed

Benevolent

F

 
 

Blasé

  • 7 antiquated

G

 

Work Out 2: Did you really understand the word?

  • 1. His new laptop was really archaic.

yes

no

  • 2. Artifices of war are beyond verbal computation.

yes

no

  • 3. The pain attenuated after taking medicine.

yes

no

  • 4. Reading newspaper helps to be au courant.

yes

no

  • 5. His audacity earned him the post of a police officer.

yes

no

  • 6. Criminals are punished for their benevolent deeds.

yes

no

  • 7. Students with blasé attitude towards studies top in exams.

yes

no

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Answers: Work Out Zone

Work Out 1

1-G, 2-A, 3-D, 4-F, 5-B, 6-C, 7-E

Work Out 2

1-no, 2-yes, 3-yes, 4-yes, 5-yes, 6-no, 7-no

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