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Adjective: illusive; unreal
Those suffering from malaria fall into a feverish sleep, their
world a whirligig of phantasmagoria; if they recover, they are
unsure of what actually took place and what was simply a
product of their febrile imaginations.

by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions


phantasmagoric, surreal, surrealistic
not realistic


Sounds like Fanta (Drink) Magic Or Real

Old, cranky, and more than a little stubborn, a
curmudgeon is the crusty grey haired neighbor who
refuses to hand out candy at Halloween and shoos
away holiday carolers with a "bah humbug!"
As fickle and stubborn as the type of person it describes,
curmudgeon comes to us without a history, its origins
undisclosed. It was originally believed to have come from
coeur mechant, the French phrase for ―evil heart,‖ but that
theory has been long discarded. Don't worry though, you’ll
know a curmudgeon when you see one: He’ll be ill-tempered
and miserly, eager to shake his fist and spout disagreeable

crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas

Type of:

golden ager, old person, oldster, senior citizen
an elderly person

When Picasso is described as a protean genius, it
means that not only was he brilliant, but he changed
the way he worked many times. Protean means able
to change shape.
Proteus was a Greek god who could tell the future, but when
he was asked a question he didn't want to answer, he would
change shapes. With someone or something protean, you get
all the power of shape-shifting, plus some of the menace of a
god you cannot control.

on different forms

“eyes...of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same”

liable to or capable of change

'protean' -- > sounds like protein as sm1 above had already said and we all have
learnt in organic chemistry that this protiens "can take many forms".

Some politicians change the boundaries of their
voting districts in order to benefit themselves or their
political party. To manipulate the boundaries like this
— often viewed as unfair — is to gerrymander.
The verb gerrymander first appeared in 1812 when
Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry redrew district
boundaries, hoping it would help his party in an upcoming
senate election. Then somebody noticed that the new district
looked like a salamander, so they combined Gerry and mander to create the new word gerrymander. And then a
newspaper printed a cartoon with a giant salamander making
fun of Gerry, which is what happens to politicians who don’t


unfairly and to one's advantage; of voting districts

Type of:

divide, part, separate
come apart

act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an
unfair advantage)
Type of:

cheat, cheating
a deception for profit to yourself

Relate it with Jerry of 'Tom and Jerry' cartoon in which Jerry divided everything
partially with Tom and quarrels with him... so possessing a Jerry's mind - Gerrymander.

To expurgate is to censor. Usually, people talk about
expurgating bad words from something written or on
On TV, if you hear some words bleeped out, those words have
been expurgated. In print, we can expurgate by using dashes (
— — ) or random characters like %&$#. Sometimes we can
expurgate just by rewriting something so that the entire
sentence with the naughty parts is gone, or by putting it into
mild words. When it comes to things children read or watch,
there's often the difficult question of what to expurgate and
what to leave alone.

by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate


bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, shorten
Type of:

abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten,reduce, shorten
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Expurgate - divide this word into (expel+ur+gate), you always expel the waste
from your gate to make your home 'clean' and 'purified'.

A parvenu is an upstart, somebody who's suddenly
rich but doesn't fit into his new social status. If you're
a parvenu, people might also describe you as
"nouveau-riche" or an "arriviste." Maybe it's not quite
so insulting in French.
The Beverly Hillbillies, a sitcom from the 1960s, featured the
Clampetts, classic parvenus, who struck oil on their
backwoods West Virginia swampland. They arrive at their
mansion in Beverly Hills, dressed in overalls, in their pick-up
truck, with their shabby furniture strapped on top. As
parvenus, they don’t fit in — to say the least. Parvenu is from
French, and it's the past participle of parvenir, "arrived."

person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained
social acceptance of others in that class

arriviste, nouveau-riche, upstart

climber, social climber
someone seeking social prominence by obsequious behavior

term of address for a disrespectful and annoying male

someone who tries to attract social lions as guests
Type of:

disagreeable person, unpleasant person
a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered TTREM: par(paar) means dur in hindi and venur means place. Unless she's inviting you over for champagne brunches and showering you with gifts — in which case you should keep your mouth shut. the word still has the same two meanings: it's either a person who could be described as addicted to pleasures and luxury (like a hedonist). meaning a ―person devoted to pleasure. na person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses Synonyms: voluptuary .the one who has moves 'dur' from his place to a high level is parvenue Sybarite: If you know someone who's totally addicted to luxurious things and all of life's pleasures. or an actual person who lives in Sybaris. Today. call her a sybarite.‖ The literal translation of this noun is ―inhabitant of Sybaris.‖ which was an ancient Greek town full of citizens who loved nice things. Sybarite was first recorded in the 1600s. parvenue.adjcharacteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position Synonyms: nouveau-riche. upstart pretentious making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction adjof or characteristic of a parvenu Synonyms: parvenue new not of long duration.

nsomeone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force Synonyms: collaborationist.Type of: sensualist a person who enjoys sensuality TTREM: who go bar every rite(night) is sybarite Quisling: A quisling is a traitor. especially one who collaborates with an enemy occupying force for personal gain. however. split like QUIT+LINK means a culprit quits and collaborate (link)with . The term arose because in World War II. and his name became synonymous with traitor and collaborator. The word quisling is not commonly used in the United States. volunteered to help the occupying Nazis rule Norway for Germany. treasonist someone who betrays his country by committing treason TTREM: enemy Quisling. probably because the American term for a traitor is "Benedict Arnold." the name of a Revolutionary War turncoat. collaborator Type of: traitor. a Norwegian politician. Vidkun Quisling. Quisling was tried for treason and executed at the end of the war.

spunky brave. Apotheosis: If your teacher says the term paper you handed in last week is a work of genius that sets a new gold standard for the school. the study of religion. Perfection. spirited.) Combine theos with apo "from" and you get a person. gamey. place. gamy. TTREM: Those who win metals are courageous. meaning god. the embodiment of mettle. You could make the assertion that Leonardo da Vinci was the apotheosis of genius and that the Mona Lisa is the apotheosis of all his paintings. able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching For its raid on the Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad.Mettlesome: Adjective: filled with courage or valor adjhaving a proud and unbroken spirit Synonyms: spirited displaying animation. or thing that is so out-of-this-world amazing that it seems as if it's "from God. he's telling you your work is the apotheosis of term papers. Hidden in the middle of apotheosis you'll find the Greek theos. or liveliness adjwilling to face danger Synonyms: game. has the same root. gritty. Seal Team Six has become. for many Americans. vigor. courageous possessing or displaying courage. proud & high-spirited. (Theology. The epitome." It's divine. .

Invective: Invective is harsh." I'm sure you can think of harsher and more obscene examples.nmodel of excellence or perfection of a kind. saint Types: crackerjack. exaltation Type of: worship the activity of worshipping TTREM: theo. jimhickey someone excellent of their kind class act someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence humdinger someone of remarkable excellence Type of: model. nonpareil. jimdandy.theological. "you dirty rotten scoundrel. somthing related to god. role model someone worthy of imitation nthe elevation of a person (as to the status of a god) Synonyms: deification. one having no equal Synonyms: ideal. abusive language. nonsuch. paragon. theology elevates oneself to god hood. nonesuch. . but we won't get into them here. like.

" "She hurled invective. with those sharp. contumely. daggerlike V's.Invective comes from the Latin for "abusive. Some examples: "She spewed invective. revilement. vituperation Type of: abuse." You can follow it with a phrase like." "She burst forth into invective. used as a signal or to send messages Synonyms: flasher Type of: light. insult." nabusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deepseated ill will Synonyms: vitriol. light source . vilification a rude expression intended to offend or hurt TTREM: ENVY + ACTIVE or Active jealousy can cause you to ABUSE the other person. People usually put a colorful verb or phrase before it. "picking up her plate and throwing it across the room." It kind of sounds like a harsh word. Blinkered: Adjective: to have a limited outlook or understanding na light that flashes on and off. actually.

any device serving as a source of illumination na blinking light on a motor vehicle that indicates the direction in which the vehicle is about to turn Synonyms: trafficator. the addict is easily blinkered by past successes and/or past failures. turn indicator. turn signal Type of: visual signal a signal that involves visual communication 2 nblind consisting of a leather eyepatch sewn to the side of the halter that prevents a horse from seeing something on either side Synonyms: blinder. forgetting that the outcome of any one game is independent of the games that preceded it. . like the honeyed voice of a late-night radio DJ. winker Type of: blind. screen a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight vput blinders on (a horse) Type of: cover provide with a covering or cause to be covered In gambling. Mellifluous: Use the adjective mellifluous to describe something that sounds sweet and smooth.

cool. Your feathers aren't easily ruffled. ngreat coolness and composure under strain Synonyms: aplomb. you've pretty much lost your sang-froid. sweet stuff that bees make. Honeybees were named after her." Great athletes who do well in the last two minutes of a game have sang-froid. You better have sang-froid when you're taking the SATs. sweet melodic. Melissa was a nymph who discovered that you could eat the smooth." adjpleasing to the ear Synonyms: dulcet. equanimity steadiness of mind under stress . Mellifluous means to "flow as if with honey. mellisonant. even under stress. assuredness. poise Type of: calm. James Bond definitely has sang-froid. you can keep your cool. it's related to Melissa. and their tasty product was called meli. Sangfroid: If you have sang-froid. honeyed. This foreign-sounding word is another way of saying "poise under pressure. Actually. calmness.You might think that that mell in mellifluous has something to do with mellow. nervous and starting to crack." We borrowed it from French. If you're worried. composure. In Greek mythology. where it literally means "cold blood. musical containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody TTREM: the music played by a 'Flute' is mellifluous. melodious.

in which a statue of Krishna is carted through town. juggernaut originally referred to a crude statue from which the Hindu god. trivial. devotees would throw themselves under the cart’s wheels. you're doomed. There continues to be a festival in honor of this miracle. na massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way Synonyms: steamroller Type of: force. It is said that in times past. you're up against corporate giant Coca-Cola. Krishna. With its roots in Hindi. power one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority TTREM: remember indian god jagannath and his powers Picayune: The adjective picayune refers to those things that are so small. Brahma. and unimportant that they're not worth getting into. A picky person is picayune.Juggernaut: Juggernaut means a massive force. because they see it as their job to comb through even the minor details of the story to get to the truth. turned into the living god. Hear the word "picky" in picayune (though they're not related)? That's one way to remember it. If you're trying to market a new Cola product. when it's the larger ideas that are the real problem? There are several newspapers in America called the Picayune. If the army marching into your country is a juggernaut. Airline disaster investigators spend their lives rummaging through the . Why focus on the picayune details. a beverage juggernaut if ever there was one.

lilliputian. A benighted person is in the dark about things: they don't know because they can't see. piffling. benighted has nothing to do with knights and. put into the dark. Although it sounds a lot like "being knighted". niggling. little. adj(informal) small and of little importance “giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law. petty. in fact. adjovertaken by night or darkness “benighted (or nighted) travelers hurrying toward home” Synonyms: nighted unpunctual . knowing that it might be the most picayune detail that leads them to understand the cause of a crash. trivial unimportant not important TTREM: things picayune: relate it to pico. It means lacking in knowledge or understanding—the kind you might have if you were older or more sophisticated. The Dark Ages are thought to have been a benighted time. which means small. includes the word "night" (as in the opposite of day) and not "knight" (as in "of the Round Table"). footling. so picayune->pico->small or petty Benighted: Being called benighted is much like being called naive.debris. but it seems to be a picayune infraction” Synonyms: fiddling.piddling. One way to remember what benighted means is to think of a person "being nighted" or. full of primitive ideas.

They are given with an air of authority. peremptory orders are not open to appeal.‖ Trace it further and find that peremptor means "destroyer. and they are often barked. If you say something in a peremptory manner. after the appointed time adjlacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture “this benighted country” “benighted ages of barbarism and superstition” Synonyms: dark unenlightened not enlightened.‖ Basically. adjputting an end to all debate or action “a peremptory decree” Synonyms: decisive determining or having the power to determine an outcome . In the courtroom. and that’s final! The word peremptory comes from the Latin peremptorius for ―decisive. Peremptory: Peremptory comments are like orders. ignorant TTREM: NIGHT=DARK. cut off. they’re final. peremptory commands destroy the conversation. Peremptory comments put an end to a discussion. final. you want people to stop what they’re doing and do what you say.not punctual." from perimpere for "destroy. a peremptory manner is just plain rude. Outside of the courtroom. The "Dark Ages" (a time period lacking in reason and progress) was followed by the "Age of Enlightenment".

As a verb." . arch can describe something mischievous or sly: "He teased his friend with an arch comment about his shyness around girls. In downtown St. Louis.magisterial domineering tending to domineer TTREM: Remember it with pre-empty. dominating. In architecture." As an adjective. it demands. you can visit the Gateway Arch — a freestanding catenary arch that is 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide." You may find this shape in a carefully tweezed eyebrow or in the famous golden pair that make you hunger for a Big Mac. "She stretched her back by arching it into a backbend. bossy. an arch is an opening that is often found supporting the weight of a something above it — like a bridge or a wall. high-and-mighty. needs to be filled.adjnot allowing contradiction or refusal “spoke in peremptory tones” “peremptory commands” Synonyms: imperative requiring attention or action adjoffensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power “a swaggering peremptory manner” Synonyms: autocratic.. Arch: An arch is a shape that resembles an upside down "U. arch means to make an arch-like shape.e something which is already empty.. i.

n(architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it Types: abutment arch an arch supported by an abutment broken arch an arch with a gap at the apex. characteristic of Gothic architecture proscenium arch the arch over the opening in the proscenium wall rampant arch an arch whose support is higher on one side than on the other round arch an arch formed in a continuous curve. characteristic of Roman architecture rowlock arch an arch that is formed with more than one concentric row of voussoirs . the gap is usually filled with some decoration camber arch an arch with a straight horizontal extrados and a slightly arched intrados corbel arch (architecture) an arch constructed of masonry courses that are corbelled until they meet flat arch. straight arch an arch with mutually supporting voussoirs that has a straight horizontal extrados and intrados pier arch an arch supported on piers pointed arch an arch with a pointed apex.

skeen arch. four-centered arch a low elliptical or pointed arch. usually they are built to commemorate some notable victory Tudor arch. sconcheon arch an arch that supports part of the wall segmental arch a shallow arch. skene arch an arch whose height is less than half its width skew arch an arch whose jambs are not at right angles with the face squinch a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire) trimmer arch an arch built between trimmers in a floor (to support the weight of a hearth) triumphal arch a monumental arch an undecorated arch that is included in order to strengthen or support a construction scoinson arch. an arch that is less than a semicircle shouldered arch an arch consisting of a horizontal lintel supported at each end by corbels that project into the aperture diminished arch. scheme arch. usually drawn from four centers bell arch a round arch resting on corbels drop arch a blunt pointed arch drawn from two centers within the span Gothic arch .

semicircular arch a round arch drawn from a single center basket-handle arch. usually has a joint (instead of a keystone) at the apex Moorish arch. entryway something that provides access (to get in or get out) na curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening Type of: . ogee arch a pointed arch having an S-shape on both sides Roman arch. structure a thing constructed. a complex entity constructed of many parts na passageway under a curved masonry construction “they built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory” Synonyms: archway Type of: entrance. three-centered arch a round arch whose inner curve is drawn with circles having three centers trefoil arch a pointed arch having cusps in the intrados on either side of the apex trumpet arch a conical squinch Type of: construction. entranceway. entree.a pointed arch. entry. horseshoe arch a round arch that widens before rounding off keel arch.

sunken arch an instep flattened so the entire sole rests on the ground Type of: skeletal structure any structure created by the skeleton of an organism vform an arch or curve “her back arches” Synonyms: arc. hemal arch a structure arising ventrally from a vertebral centrum and enclosing the caudal blood vessels neural arch.curve. shoulder girdle the bony arch formed by the collarbones and shoulder blades in humans haemal arch. curved shape the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes na curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet) Types: metatarsal arch the short lateral arch formed by the heads of the metatarsals instep the arch of the foot pectoral arch. vertebral arch a structure arising dorsally from a vertebral centrum and enclosing the spinal cord fallen arch. curve Types: camber .

pixilated.puckish. prankish. patronizing superior of or characteristic of high rank or importance adjnaughtily or annoyingly playful Synonyms: impish. flex form a curve 2 adj(used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension Synonyms: condescending. mischievous. patronising. wicked playful full of fun and high spirits adjexpert in skulduggery “an arch criminal” Synonyms: skilled having or showing or requiring special skill .curve upward in the middle Type of: bend. implike.

If you excoriate someone. Synonyms of excoriate include denounce.Excoriate: When it comes to ―telling someone off. you let that person know that you really. objurgate. you will get excoriated. consider whether she truly deserves such harsh treatment. reprobate Type of: denounce speak out against vtear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading Synonyms: chafe Type of: abrade. corrade. it implies anger. abrase. vexpress strong disapproval of Synonyms: condemn. rub off wear away TTREM: If you excrete on somebody. a harsh and insulting tone. really disagree with them.‖ A bad rug burn can excoriate your skin. before you excoriate your little sister for borrowing your favorite jacket without permission. decry. . excoriate means ―to tear skin off by chafing. rub down. If someone excoriates you verbally. and condemn. decry. it might make you feel like you’ve been physically excoriated. and even a scathing attack.‖ excoriate is reserved for the most severe cases. This verb goes beyond mere criticism. In a medical sense. So.

If you hedge your bets. fencing a barrier that serves to enclose an area venclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges “hedge the property” Synonyms: hedge in Type of: close in. form a wall of green. If you someone asks you a question and you hedge. inclose. If you're not sure. enclose. what your boss's political views are. Hedge can also be used as a verb. you're avoiding a straight answer. you can hedge your bets by not revealing yours. for instance. na fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes Synonyms: hedgerow Types: privet hedge hedge of privet plants shelterbelt.Hedge: A hedge is a living fence made of closely planted bushes. shut in surround completely . which. you're trying to cover yourself no matter what happens. windbreak hedge or fence of trees designed to lessen the force of the wind and reduce erosion Type of: fence. as they grow and get trimmed and shaped. you're trying to minimize risk or loss — that is.

vhinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge “The animals were hedged in” Synonyms: hedge in enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges Type of: hem in surround in a restrictive manner 2 nany technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk. security defense against financial failure. taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change Synonyms: hedging Type of: protection. for example. financial independence vminimize loss or risk “diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks” “hedge your bets” Type of: minimise. minimize make small or insignificant 3 nan intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement “when you say `maybe' you are just hedging” Synonyms: hedging .

duck. Its source is from the great Spanish novel "Don Quixote." whose title character is given to unrealistic schemes and great chivalry. keep away from.No offence hegde supporters Quixotic: Use quixotic for someone or something that is romantic and unrealistic. fudge.think of HEGDE.put off. answering. evasion a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth vavoid or try to avoid fulfilling. Your quixotic task is easy to understand. or take for granted quibble evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections Type of: avoid stay clear from. questions. if difficult to achieve: establish world peace. or issues) Synonyms: circumvent. What a wonderful word quixotic is! While it is most often used to mean equally impractical and idealistic. dodge. avoid answering. sidestep. it also has the sense of romantic nobility. or possessed by almost impossible hopes. parry. keep out of the way of someone or something TTREM: HEDGE. elude. or performing (duties. In the middle of a . evade.Type of: equivocation.the politician who AVOIDS PERFORMING DUTIES. skirt Types: beg dodge.

not workable or not given to practical matters TTREM: quixotic== quick + exotic. wild-eyed impractical not practical." literally "one who patches and mends. The sartorius — a muscle in the leg and the longest muscle in the human body — gets its name because it is used when crossing the legs. also known as the ―tailor's position. adjnot sensible about practical matters. thus sartorial pertains to . The root word sartor has also made its way into the field of biology." Adjective: TTREM: tailoring related to fashion or clothes sounds like sari tore and you need a tailor to fix it." In English the adjectives sartorial and sartorially are used to refer to any matter pertaining to the consideration of clothing or fashion. you are facing a sartorial dilemma — one that pertains to clothing.recession and high unemployment. fashion or dressing. it would be quixotic to imagine that you could quit your job and find another easily. Sartorial comes from the Modern Latin word sartor which means "tailor. idealistic and unrealistic “as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood” Synonyms: romantic. if you desire something exotic to happen quickly in your life it is just a daydream Sartorial: If it's the day before a big event and you have no idea what to wear and nothing in your closet is going to cut it.

" and "illiterate him from your memory" instead of "obliterate. you say it is preposterous. who made audiences howl with laughter when she used the wrong word. malapropisms are often humorous. Malaprop." comes from the French phrase mal à propos. The word malapropism. like instead of saying a certain restaurant is prosperous. explosive. Negative political ads vituperate against opponents. The root word is the Latin vituperationem. As you can tell. you vituperate. pronounced "mah-luh-PRAH-pihzum. "blame or censuring." from vitium. malicious outbursts. vilifying. Just as vituperation consists of negative.Malapropism: A malapropism occurs when you say one word but you mean another. which means "ill-suited." Playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan must have been thinking of the French phrase when he created his character Mrs. People with a short temper tend to vituperate often — it's similar to railing." . improper usage of words Vituperate: To vituperate is to speak or write in an extremely negative way about someone. "fault or defect. to vituperate is to communicate in this way. Examples include saying "allegory" instead of "alligator.. and reviling. though sometimes the joke is on the speaker." nthe unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar Synonyms: malaprop Type of: misstatement a statement that contains a mistake TTREM: mal (negative) + prop (proper usage) . When you insult someone and swear at them.

lambaste. vilify Type of: abuse. re proof. jaw. objurgate censure severely brush down. knock. take to task. chastise. blackguard. point out real or perceived flaws TTREM: think of the word "berate" (to scold/rebuke)--. pick apart find fault with. correct.lambast. call down. trounce Types: castigate. criticize. berate. remonstrate. have words.vspread negative information about Synonyms: rail. call on the carpet. shout use foul or abusive language towards vcensure severely or angrily Synonyms: bawl out.reprimand. rebuke. chide. dress down. chasten. chew up. rag. express criticism of. clapperclaw. revile. lecture.vitu(p)BERATE . chew out. tell off reprimand flame criticize harshly. scold. usually via an electronic medium Type of: criticise.

Others are venial — venial crimes and sins are excusable. Something venial would be something against the rules but forgivable.Venial: Some crimes are unforgivable. etc. there are so many things that are against the rules: talking during class. For example." and "no biggie. stealing a basketball. If you burned the gym down. if you were late for school because your parents were in the hospital. . pulling the fire alarm. that could never be considered venial." "excusable. think "forgivable. that lateness is venial. We forgive someone for menial mistakes." adjwarranting only temporal punishment “venial sin” Synonyms: minor pardonable admitting of being pardoned adjeasily excused or forgiven “a venial error” Synonyms: excusable. In school. tossing spitballs. When you see venial. forgivable pardonable admitting of being pardoned TTREM: key word is menial. They're not a big deal.

Turn that schlock off. or makes you feel very emotional. "Yes. or even schlocky. upbeat optimistic expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds TTREM: pollyannaish= polly (polythene) + annaish (nash > end). to describe cry-fests." . Tearjerkers like "Forrest Gump" and "Titanic" can be described as maudlin. but it's such a beautiful day!" While the adjective pollyannaish describes an optimistic outlook and a determined cheeriness. as in "I can't watch another second of that overly-sentimental. maudlin soap opera. When you put a positive spin on everything.Pollyannaish: Someone who is unfailingly cheerful — no matter what — can be described as pollyannaish. Maudlin: You can use maudlin to describe something that brings tears to your eyes. a character from the Bible represented in paintings as a weeping sinner asking forgiveness from Jesus. Porter. you're being pollyannaish. even things that call for sadness or discouragement. about a young girl who tries to find something positive in every situation — a trick she calls "the Glad Game. it would be pollyannaish to say. If your friend tells you some terribly bad news. We hope one day jute product will take place over polythene. Pollyanna." adjpleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic Synonyms: cheerful. it also implies that this attitude is taken too far. The word comes from a 1913 children's book by Eleanor H. Maudlin is often paired with sentimental. Maudlin was a form of the name Mary Magdalene.

hokey. schmalzy. mawkish. In this use as an adjective. when she received a call from the MODELLING company for her appointment.adjeffusively or insincerely emotional “maudlin expressions of sympathy” Synonyms: bathetic.soupy emotional of more than usual emotion TTREM. but at too great a cost. Pyrrhic: Use the adjective pyrrhic to describe a victory that is won. soppy. sentim ental. drippy. it's a Pyrrhic victory. who defeated the Romans at the Battle of Asculum but lost so many troops that he couldn't defeat Rome itself. mushy. An ancient Greek war dance is also called a pyrrhic. slushy. she became EFFUSIVELY SENTIMENTAL and wept a lot. the word is often capitalized. ritual dance. If you are the winner in an argument with your brother.schmaltzy. The word pyrrhic comes from the Greek general. ritual dancing a dance that is part of a religious ritual . kitschy. but the fight ends up ruining your relationship with him.Her dream had come true. adjof or relating to or resembling Pyrrhus or his exploits (especially his sustaining staggering losses in order to defeat the Romans) “a Pyrrhic victory” adjof or relating to a war dance of ancient Greece “pyrrhic dance movements” nan ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare Type of: ceremonial dance. Pyrrhus.

serene and bright. metrical foot. Or maybe because it's associated with the king of all clichés: "Her eyes were like limpid pools. But he probably won't because limpid is a word that's fallen out of use. able to be seen through with clarity . Your teacher might ask you to give an answer in a single limpid sentence.2 adjof or relating to or containing a metrical foot of two unstressed syllables “pyrrhic verses” na metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables Synonyms: dibrach Type of: foot. Maybe because it sounds too much like limp. metrical unit (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm Limpid: The adjective limpid describes something (often liquid) that is clear. Nature calendars often feature glamour shots of a limpid stream or a limpid lake. The adjective limpid may also describe language that is easily understandable." adjclear and bright “limpid blue eyes” Synonyms: liquid clear allowing light to pass through adjtransmitting light.

adjlacking interest or significance or impact “jejune novel” Synonyms: .. perspicuous clear readily apparent to the mind TTREM: limpid .. lucid. but ask them about a recent movie star scandal and chances are they know all about it. Many people claim to find celebrity gossip jejune... it’s figuratively empty — devoid of intellectual nourishment.liquid. crystalline. Basically jejune means lacking substance. transparent clear allowing light to pass through adj(of language) transparently clear.‖ so when something is jejune.transparent. luculent.“could see the sand on the bottom of the limpid pool” Synonyms: crystal clear. Jejune can also describe something that’s immature or simplistic. easily understandable “writes in a limpid style” Synonyms: crystal clear. pellucid.. All that actress could say about her latest movie was that it was ―Super fun‖? That’s a pretty jejune comment. which means ―fasting. Jejune: Use the adjective jejune to describe something that is uninteresting or insignificant. lucid. pellucid. It originally comes from the Latin word jejunus.

by cursing them. When you execrate something you. . puerile immature characteristic of a lack of maturity adjlacking in nutritive value “the jejune diets of the very poor” Synonyms: insubstantial unwholesome detrimental to physical or moral well-being TTREM: think of june.. Broken down to its Latin root. are cursing it instead of making it holy. juvenile. students feel dull as their summer holidays are about to end Execrate: Just when you thought you knew every word in the book for hate. Which in a way. here's a new one: execrate. you are. the word execrate means the opposite of being sacred or devoted to. "I execrate you!" they might think you're casting an evil spell on them. The word is not used all that often.insipid uninteresting arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement adjdisplaying or suggesting a lack of maturity “jejune responses to our problems” Synonyms: adolescent. If you say to someone. The word means to despise or also to curse.

Factitious Adjective: artificial.e say something non-sacred or curse. were hardly able to propitiate him – the father already had a drawer full of ones he had never worn before or ever planned to. anathematise. anathematize.anathemize. feel antipathy or aversion towards TTREM: execrate = ex + secrate i.vcurse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment Synonyms: accurse. plying their angry father with cheesy neckties for Christmas. anathemise. Propitiate: Verb: to placate or appease The two sons. not natural The defendant’s story was largely factitious and did not accord with eyewitness testimonies . hate dislike intensely. abominate. loathe Type of: detest. comminate Type of: deplore express strong disapproval of vfind repugnant Synonyms: abhor.

have words. reprimand. trounce. Either way. She might call it remonstrating. you might call this getting chewed out.reproof. berate. If your mother yells at you in public. lecture. lambaste. vituperate . scold. chew out. call down. Remonstrate has its roots in a Latin verb meaning "to show. jaw. rag. chew up. dress down. state or affairs. chide. t ake to task." and it used to mean "to make plain. The sense is that the person remonstrating is the victim — they're just making the injustice plain.lambast. or event to vcensure severely or angrily Synonyms: bawl out. it's embarrassing. rebuke.Remonstrate: Remonstrate means to call someone on something that's wrong. call on the carpet." Which is why remonstrate is a word that puts the glow of respectability on the action of yelling at someone or telling them that they're wrong. vargue in protest or opposition Type of: object express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent vpresent and urge reasons in opposition Synonyms: point out Types: represent point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance Type of: inform impart knowledge of some fact.

such as a mishap during the musical performances at the Super Bowl. correct. Imbroglio is just a borrowed word from Italian meaning "entanglement. Geils band song. criticize. I would remonstrate (object) a claim that monsters are real. "Love Stinks. clear as a bell. it is sometimes called an imbroglio." If something embarrassing happens at a public event.Types: castigate. point out real or perceived flaws TTREM: Think RE as in Real and MONSTRATE as in Monster. express criticism of. objurgate censure severely brush down. tell off reprimand flame criticize harshly. knock. its history is just the opposite. Imbroglio: An imbroglio is a complicated or confusing personal situation. you've got quite an imbroglio. To rephrase the J. nan intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation Synonyms: embroilment Type of: . chastise. chasten." if you love her and she loves him and he loves somebody else. Although an imbroglio is a tangled situation or a messy complicated misunderstanding. pick apart find fault with. usually via an electronic medium Type of: criticise.

nextreme greed for material wealth Synonyms: avarice. Cupidity means a burning desire to have more wealth than you need. Imbroglio = I+M+bro+gigolo = I am brother of a gigolo (male prostitute). Though it sounds like it might have something to do with the little winged figure who shoots arrows and makes folks fall in love on Valentine’s Day. It comes to us from Latin cupidus.‖ though admittedly it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way. misunderstanding putting the wrong interpretation on TTREM. covetousness Type of: greed excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves ..situation a complex or critical or unusual difficulty na very embarrassing misunderstanding Type of: misinterpretation. Cupidity: Remember the saying ―Greed is good‖? It could just as easily be ―Cupidity is good. though you might run across it in newspapers and magazines. cupidity is all about the love of money. mistaking." It’s not a word that crops up a lot in conversation. particularly those blaming Wall Street’s unbridled cupidity for America’s economic woes. avariciousness. which can be a very embarrassing or difficult situation. which means "desirous.

livery ill.Bilious: If an unpleasant meal has left you feeling grumpy and looking green. dyspeptic. Of course. its disgusting. which is a foul green fluid made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder — a fact that helps us picture something described as bilious as being really foul. sick affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function adjirritable as if suffering from indigestion Synonyms: atrabilious. The wonderfully descriptive word bilious comes from the root bile. the word can also be more kindly applied to someone who has a liver or gall bladder disorder. liverish ill-natured having an irritable and unpleasant disposition TTREM: don’t bil bil in front of me. adjrelating to or containing bile Synonyms: biliary adjsuffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress Synonyms: liverish." and it can also be used to suggest a sickly green shade. Because of the connection with bile. . This adjective can mean both "troubled by indigestion" and "irritable. you're bilious in several senses of the word. we often refer to something that's an ugly shade of green as being bilious.

your landlord might throw you out for being impecunious. Jaundiced can also refer to ideas or feelings being distorted by negative views or qualities. your skin is yellow and the whites of your eyes are yellow. meaning not or without. are jaundiced. ikteros. combined with the prefix im.penurious. penniless. Jaundice is from the Greek. Too bad there is no bird to get rid of that! adjaffected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc Synonyms: icteric. pecunia. or strapped for cash. which referred to both the disease and a rare. yellow . It was thought that someone with jaundice could stare at this yellow bird. adjnot having enough money to pay for necessities Synonyms: hard up. If you go into the arts. and the jaundice would be magically transferred to the bird.Impecunious: If you are hard up. Then maybe you could make some money teaching vocabulary words. my friend. To your surprise. But impecunious doesn’t just mean having no money. and horror. broke. you could describe yourself as impecunious. since yellow has been associated with bitterness and envy. If you gamble away your cash instead of saving it for rent. pinched poor having little money or few possessions TTREM: im+pecunious: pecunious means rich. penniless. so impcunous memans without money Jaundiced: you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror. in straitened circumstances. instead of your usual rosy complexion. yellow bird. you are most likely facing an impecunious future. Impecunious comes from the old Latin word for money. too! You. It means that you almost never have any money.

your listeners are probably falling asleep.unhealthy not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind adjshowing or affected by prejudice or envy or distaste “looked with a jaundiced eye on the growth of regimentation” “takes a jaundiced view of societies and clubs” Synonyms: discriminatory. The sententious blowhard makes people laugh. prejudiced being biased or having a belief or attitude formed beforehand Sententious: If you speak in sententious phrases." but now it usually has a negative sense. When sententious first appeared in English — back in the late Middle Ages — it meant "full of wisdom. and full of moralistic babble.Hervey Allen” Synonyms: pithy concise expressing much in few words adjabounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing . and you can probably think of at least three cartoon characters who fit the bill — often a politician or minister who drones on and on. adjconcise and full of meaning “"the peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams". meaning heavy handed and selfimportant. as your speech is pompous and pretentious. oblivious to the fact that his audience is snickering or trying to sneak out.

they spend as much energy disabusing kids of false beliefs as they do giving them the facts. many people are disabused of the idea that the way they are is "normal. Many teachers of health find that when they teach. vfree somebody (from an erroneous belief) Type of: inform impart knowledge of some fact. JK Rowling decides to come out of retirement. In the first year of cruel and deadly Disabuse: Disabuse means to free someone of a belief that is not true. that is. or event to . who terrorized poor Harry for seven lengthy installments. Sentence+less .“"too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententiousconversation"Kathleen Barnes” Synonyms: pretentious making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction TTREM. Fell: Adjective: terribly evil For fans of the Harry Potter series. has finally been vanquished by the forces of good—unless. TTREM: fell-hell. Disabuse is often connected to the word notion or idea. the fell Lord Voldemort.Someone who can concisely explain his views in just a few sentences (less sentences used). In singing lessons. state or affairs." by meeting so many people who represent other ways to be. you must disabuse young singers of the idea that they can sing better by singing louder.

Martinet: Noun: a strict disciplinarian The job seemed perfect to Rebecca.Histrionic: Anything that has to do with actors or acting can be called histrionic. but it can also describe a person who in regular life is a little too dramatic and even over-acts. The adjective histrionic. pronounced "his-tree-ON-ic. like your friend whose histrionic rantings make a trip to the grocery store seem like a matter of life and death.‖ It can describe things that have to do with acting on the stage. like a Broadway actor's histrionic voice projection that would sound strange in everyday life but is perfect for the stage." comes from the Latin words histrionicus and histrio which mean ―actor. until she found out that her boss was a total martinet.sounds like history. We find that most of the plays performed on stage in the theatre are from history. after each project the boss would come by to scrutinize—and inevitably criticize—every little detail of the work Rebecca had done. No one wants to pay an extra mulct to the city. often affected “histrionic gestures” Synonyms: melodramatic theatrical suited to or characteristic of the stage or theater TTREM: histrionic-. . djcharacteristic of acting or a stage performance. it means to fine someone or the money you collect as a result of a fine. hence the name histrionic. Mulct: The meaning of mulct is as nasty as it sounds. theatrical. when it's the city who mismanaged the budget.

fine Types: library fine fine imposed by a library on books that overdue when returned Type of: penalty a payment required for not fulfilling a contract vimpose a fine on Type of: impose. the paper might be called tendentious. the word mulct is often used to mean having your money taken unfairly or as a kind of punishment or as extortion. too.Got mulct? Then somebody took your money. In fact. Tendentious means promoting a specific. Tendentious: If you are writing a report on climate change. They "milked" you by mulcting you. And the money that they took? That's called mulct.. and controversial.. . and ignore evidence that the earth is warming. nmoney extracted as a penalty Synonyms: amercement. Some people believe that there's no difference between being mulcted by the state and being shaken down by the mob. point of view. levy impose and collect vdeprive TTREM: of by deceit mal+ act >>> -ve act.

If you have the tendency to talk in a tendentious manner about politics. The word came into English use in the 1920's. adjhaving or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one “a tendentious account of recent elections” “distinguishing between verifiable fact and tendentiousassertion” Synonyms: tendencious partisan. In German.Tend or Tendency + ious or bias." and it's always spelled with a capital S. that's Schadenfreude. Your brother's rejection from a college that also rejected you might give you a twinge of Schadenfreude. noun: joy from watching the suffering of others . especially one that people disagree about. which means leaning towards acting a certain way.When something is tendentious. This German word perfectly captures that satisfied feeling everyone gets at times when someone else runs into misfortune. It shares a root with the word. Schadenfreude: When another person's bad luck secretly makes you feel good. no one can blame you for a bit of Schadenfreude as you watch your replacement struggle with your old tasks. So. people might tend to avoid you at parties. tendency. TENDENTIOUS is a TENDENcy towards one viewpoint over another. it shows a bias towards a particular point of view. If you're fired from your difficult job. Schadenfreude literally means "damage-joy. partizan devoted to a cause or party TTREM: Rearrange the words to make . and you can spell it with a small s if you prefer.

delight a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction From his warm apartment window. with traces of the original writing showing through. Palimpsest: If you are writing fast and hastily erase something not quite all the way and continue writing right over the smudgy bit. Stanley reveled in schadenfreude as he laughed at the figures below. The word still carries that meaning. so you’re more likely to hear palimpsest used to describe something that has traces of early stages showing through. such as a page from a manuscript written on parchment. The noun palimpsest originally described a document. na manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible Type of: holograph.ndelight in another person's misfortune Type of: delectation. manuscript handwritten book or document . like "the palimpsest of an urban neighborhood" — in which hints of earlier styles and designs are still evident among the new highrises. huddled together in the arctic chill. that had been rubbed smooth so it could be used again. but ancient manuscripts are rare these days. then you’ve created a palimpsest — which means you can see traces of the earlier writing mixed in with the new.

a social climber The city center was aflutter with arrivistes who tried to outdo one another with their ostentatious sports cars and chic evening dress.Arriviste: Noun: a person who has recently reached a position of power. .