Overt (Adjective)

Easily seen; not secret or hidden

Example: Anita’s dislike of Jim is rather overt. Even if she feels that way, she shouldn’t make it so obvious for everyone to see.

By |November 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Respite (Noun)

(1) a short delay; (2) a period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant

Example: (2) The doctor added more morphine to his IV drip in a bid to offer him some respite from the agonising pain.

By |November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Rescind (Verb)

To end (a law, contract, agreement, etc.) officially; to say officially that (something) is no longer valid

Example: The expelled student’s parents came to school to plead with the principal to rescind her decision.

By |November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Jejune (Adjective)

Naive and too simple; dry and uninteresting

Example: For a university graduate, his thought process as expressed in the essay was rather jejune.

By |November 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Capitulate (Verb)

To stop trying to fight or resist something; to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing

Example: The terrorists eventually capitulated when they realised they had been outgunned and overpowered by the Nigerian Army.

By |November 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Refrain (Verb)

(1) To stop yourself from doing something that you want to do; (2) noun – a phrase, comment or statement that is often repeated

Example:(1) It took all of Ali’s willpower to refrain from punching the boy who stole his lunch money.

By |November 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Lethargic (Adjective)

Characterised by laziness or lack of energy

Example: The excess fun I had over the weekend is making me feel lethargic. I don’t feel like doing anything this Monday.

By |November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Eschew (Verb)

To avoid something especially because you do not think it is right or proper

Example: At the assembly, the principal advised students to eschew violence, examination malpractice, and all manner of vices.

By |November 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Incendiary (Adjective)

Tending to excite or inflame, usually negatively.

Examples: Most Americans wonder how Donald Trump will be able to unite the country, given his incendiary speeches while campaigning for President.

By |November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Rummage (Verb)

To make a thorough search or investigation especially by moving and looking through the contents of a place

Example: I had to rummage through my sister’s bag for minutes on end before I found the key.

By |November 8th, 2016|0 Comments
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