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Apparition

Apparition In some areas of Shimla, people have continuously reported the presence of ghost like figures at midnight and in early mornings. The ghost like figures have been the subject of various fascinatingly haunting tales from the area. May be after knowing the exact meaning of apparition, you would want to know these figures. It is a Noun. Pronunciation: ap-uh-rish-uh n The dictionary definitions for apparition are as follows: 1) Manifestation of a ghost or a ghost like figure 2) A thing or a person whose appearance is surprising 3) A person or a thing appearing out of the blue/suddenly 4) A time of appearance of a person or a thing Master tip to learn apparition: Now, when you know the meaning of apparition, it would be easier for you to associate the word with famous movies like Casper or the ghhostbusters. The movie, Casper is based on an apparition .i.e. ghost, which is Casper. Ghostbusters was the movie, which was based on the theme of busting apparitions. Apparition can be used in following ways: 1) She was scared by the apparition that she saw in her own house. (Noun) 2) The apparition of Eskimos in Mexico was surprising. (Noun) 3) One moment she was not there, but the next moment her apparition startled everyone. (Noun) 4) 1945 was the time of last apparition of humanity in this world. (Noun)

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Maestro

Maestro This is a word we have all heard at some point of time or the other. Maestro in simple words means genius. In the video below, we have the Indian Maestro AR Rahman playing his magical compositions and regaling the whole audience.The word maestro is the Italian for "master". So whenever you someone who is perfect at his work, or a master at his work, you can compliment him with the title of maestro. Pronunciation: mahy-stroh The dictionary definitions for Maestro are as follows: 1. An eminent composer, teacher, or conductor of music. 2. (initial capital letter ) a title of respect used in addressing orreferring to such a person. 3. A master of any art.

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Cessation

Cessation In the monsoons, waiting for the rain to cease/stop is like a wet dream. Cessation of rain is almost impossible in hilly places like Shimla and Cherapunji, isn’t it? Well, this noun speaks of the same stoppage. Its first usage dates back to 15th century. It has originated from Middle English cessacioun, from Middle French cessation and from Latin cessatio, all of which means delay. Pronunciation: se-sey-shuhn Meanings of Cessation 1) Stopping/suspension/discontinuance of something (temporary or permanent) 2) Ceasing Master’s Tip to learn Cessation Cessation can be learnt easily by associating it with one of the rhyming words, which is Alsatian. Further, cessation and Alsatian can be associated by putting the words as ‘cessation of Alsatian’. Also, cessation can be learnt easily while remembering the situation of a ceasefire during the event of war that has been in news. Ceasefire, just like cessation means ending and in case of ceasefire it is ending of war. Further, cessation is the noun for cease. Sentence Examples for Cessation 1) It was only with the help of medicines that the cessation of acrophobia occurred. (Noun) 2) Cessation of guffaw was not enough to stop everyone in the room from mocking Ram. (Noun) 3) Procrastination on her part will never cease. (Noun) 4) Her effort to look for her doppelganger has not ceased yet. (Verb)

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Domicile

Domicile In simple words, it is the place where a person lives. But in the legal language, it is defined as: <i>the residence where you have your permanent home or principal establishment and to where, whenever you are absent, you intend to return; every person is compelled to have one and only one domicile at a time.</i> Pronunciation: dom-uh-sahyl, doh-muh--Suhl Meaning of Domicile 1. A dwelling place 2. A permanent legal residence 3. To provide with often temporary lodging. 4. To establish (oneself or another person) in a residence. Master’s Tip to learn Domicile Think of places where you spend small fragments of your life, and the beautiful moments you had there. Sentence Examples for Domicile 1. The court held that domicile was the sole basis of jurisdiction. 2. In most countries, a foreign resident's “domicile” (home country) statusis determined by objective criteria. 3. Either a person has acquired a domicile of choice in this country or she has not. 4. After marriage this domicile would change when your husband's domicile is changed.

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Funambulist

Funambulists Funambulist though a Noun can be used to describe all of you who are adrenalin junkies or as we can say live on the edge all the time (you may or may not make it out alive) or we can also say last minute assignments (you may or may not complete it on time), that does ring a bell about pressure and edge. Well, you all are funambulists. It is a Noun. Pronunciation: fyoo-nam-byuh-list The dictionary definitions for funambulist are as follows: 1) Tightrope walking/a tightrope walker 2) A show especially of mental agility. Master tip to learn funambulist: The easiest way to learn funambulist is its association with a street performer walking on a rope to entertain people. Also, somehow, funambulist paints a picture of a flutist (musician) due to the sound of two words. Plus, being a funambulist and flutist makes you an artist. Funambulist can be used in following ways: 1) Funambulist often entertains people on the streets in countries around the world. (Noun) 2) Funambulism runs deep in her life, as she walks a tight rope everyday at her work due to er careless attitude. (Noun)

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Laudable

Laudable Sometimes we are not praised even when we have done something to achieve that praise. Sometimes we are worth the praise and someone else gets it. These are the situations when we should have been lauded and we were not. Origin: Its first known usage dates back to 1375-1425 and has originated from a Latin word laudabilis and also from the combination of two words laud and able. Laud means to praise and able is a suffix, which means capable of. Pronunciation: law-duh-buhl Meaning of Laudable 1. Someone or something deserving praise or appreciation Master’s tip to learn Laudable Laudable can be learnt by associating it with the word applaud as laud of laudable and laud of applaud sound similar. Also, we only applaud for someone when we think that the person deserves praise. Sentence Examples for Laudable 1) She did a laudable job with that article. (Adjective) 2) Laudableness of the situation was so overwhelming that no one could restrain themselves from shelling out few words of praise. (Noun) 3) She did laudably well with her job. (Adverb)

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Pliant

Pliant Ever seen a tree dancing from left to right and right to left in fierce winds? If yes, then you would know that fierce winds in the end take the trees down, but do not give up. This ‘Not giving up’ due to anyone’s influence is just the opposite of the word pliant. Pronunciation: plahy-uh nt The dictionary definition for pliant are as follows: 1) Able to bend easily. (adjective) 2) Can change oneself or mould oneself according to situations or conditions. (adjective) 3) Can change one’s decisions or yielding to some one's influence. (adjective) Master tip to learn pliant: Pliant can easily be learnt with the help of the word compliant. The only difference between the two is ‘com’, so the sound is very similar. Pliant and compliant also means the same .i.e. flexible, moulding oneself to situations and yielding. Pliant can be used in following ways: 1) She is a pliant woman. (Adjective) 2) Her pliantness/pliancy makes her a winner at professional front. (Noun) 3) Be like fierce winds, not pliant to anyone’s influence. (Adjective) 4) She pliantly flew her way through rigorous schedules of work. (Adverb)

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Work Out Zone
Work Out 1: Match the following words with their respective meanings or synonyms. Word 1 Apparition 2 Cessation 3 Domicile 4 Funambulist 5 Laudable 6 Plaint 7 Maestro Meaning or Synonym A Accommodation B flexible C performer D haunt E professional F termination G praiseworthy

Work Out 2: Did you really understand the word? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The child was terrified by the ghostly apparition. He was extremely satisfied after the cessation of pain. The domicile of the client was unchanged since birth The Funambulist gave a thrilling performance Her terrible and unfinished was work was laudable. The manager’s pliancy in work got him appreciation from the boss. A maestro doesn’t have sufficient knowledge of his field. 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-D, 2-F, 3-A, 4-C, 5-G, 6-B, 7-E Work Out 2 1-yes, 2-yes, 3-yes, 4-yes, 5-no, 6-yes, 7-no

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