Impasse (Noun)

A situation in which no progress seems possible: DEADLOCK

Example: Negotiations between the government and rebel fighters ended in yet another impasse.

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Assuage (Verb)

To make something (such as an unpleasant feeling) less painful or severe.

Example: Despite all efforts to assuage the baby’s discomfort, she kept on crying for her mother.

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Pummel (Verb)

To repeatedly hit or punch (someone or something) very hard

Example: The boxer pummelled his opponent silly, knocking him out in only the third round!

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Pell-mell (Adverb)

(1) In a confused and hurried way; (2) in mingled confusion or disorder

Example: With sounds of gunshot in the air, everyone was running pell-mell down the street.

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Infernal (Adjective)

Very bad and unpleasant

Example: The whole class was punished – six strokes each! – for what the teacher called “noise of an infernal degree”.

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Decrepit (Adjective)

Old and in bad condition because of age or poor health

Example: It’s one thing to live long, but it’s quite another to live for so long that one becomes decrepit!

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Dillydally (Verb)

To waste time by loitering and delaying

Example: “Don’t dillydally young man! Get up and get on with your chores already.” said Lanre’s father to him.

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Commute (Verb)

(1) To give in exchange for another; (2) to travel back and forth regularly; (3)  to change (a penalty) to another less severe

Example: (3) In celebration of Independence, the governor commuted the death sentence of 5 prisoners to life imprisonment.

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Defunct (Adjective)

No longer living, existing, or functioning

Example: The factory used to employ hundreds of workers before it became defunct due to many years of mismanagement.

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Renege (Verb)

To go back on a promise or commitment

Example: I don’t think I can trust Mercy ever again. It’s been nine months since she reneged on her promise to pay back the loan.

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