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In continuation with my ‘Build your Vocabulary’ category, I introduce the 5th chapter, filled with interesting English and some Latin words too ! Watch this space for more foreign words that are yet to come.
|euphemism||a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.||He used a euphemism to disguise his real feelings about the incident.|
|Parody||an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.||His dexterity in making comical parody of different movie actors is commendable.|
|Non sequitur (Latin)||a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement.||His poem is filled with metaphors and non sequiturs.|
|verbiage||excessively lengthy or technical speech or writing, confused, the way in which something is expressed; wording or diction.||When writing an essay, you should focus more on providing facts and less on stuffing the paper with verbiage.|
|Sine qua non (Latin)||an essential condition; a thing that is absolutely necessary.||Fruits are sine qua non of my morning breakfast|
|specious||Misleading, superficially plausible but wrong, deceptive||The intruder tried to give the authorities a specious excuse regarding his presence in the building.|
|caveat||Premonition, warning , caution
LAW:a notice, especially in a probate, that certain actions may not be taken without informing the person who gave the notice.
|The caveat of the contract includes a penalty fee if the loan is not repaid on time.|
|bedrock||Fundamental principles on which something is based||Faith and peace is the bedrock of every religion.|
|sanctimonious||making a show of being morally superior to other people.||My sanctimonious aunt tends to look down upon people who do not go to church every Sunday.|
|tawdry||showy but cheap , of poor quality||Although Aunt Eloise had lots of money, she always wore such tawdry jewellery.|
|protégé (French + Latin origin)||One whose welfare, training, or career is promoted by an influential person.||The relationship between mentor and protégé has been a defining factor in the success of countless artists in the field of cinema.|
|voyeur||a person who gains sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity.
A person who enjoys seeing others in pain or distress.
|The biographer is always something of a voyeur and burglar.|
|hiatus||a small pause break in continuity in sequence or activity||After Mary had a baby, she took a brief hiatus from work.|
|vociferous||expressing or characterized by vehement opinions.||The protestors were vociferous as they screamed outside of the government building.|
|brunt||worst part or chief impact of a specified action||Young teachers are more likely to bear the brunt of increasing parental expectations.|
|fount||source||The fount for all the troubles in the country is the corruption deeply rooted in the system.|
|deem||regarded or considered||The event was deemed a great success.|
|pliant||easily influenced||The pliant head led his company to downfall because of his indecisiveness and gullible nature.|
|remit||task assigned officially to a person or group||The remit of the committee is to punish the guilty and bring reforms in the working of the autonomous body.|
|grist||useful material, especially to support an argument.||The research provided the most sensational grist for opponents of tobacco|
|bait||annoy or taunt someone||The other boys revelled in baiting him about his love of literature.|
|unsavoury||unpleasant. disagreeable because morally disreputable.||He has an unsavoury reputation owing to his unscrupulous demeanor.|
|cauldron||A situation characterized by instability and strong emotions.||A cauldron of anger and remorse gripped the city after the actor’s death.|