English Word of the Day

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    Pleonasm
    Synonyms:
    The use of more words than are required to express an idea; redundancy
    Example:
    I forgot my PIN number for the ATM machine
    {The word after the acronym repeats a word represented in the acronym}
     
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    Gibbous
    Synonyms:
    Characterized by convexity; protuberant.
    Having a hump; humpbacked
    Usage:
    An image of the Gibbous Moon taken on January 2010 at 22:00hrs.
    Enervate
    Synonyms:
    To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality
    Deprive someone of vitality or energy.
    Usage:
    The blazing heat of that day in Mid-MAY was sufficient to enervate a Bactrian camel.
     
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    Euphoria:
    Synonyms:
    A feeling of great happiness or well-being.

    Usage:
    She went into a state of euphoria,when she got selected in IIT.
     
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    Vijaya

    Thanks for an interesting and informative thread. I enjoyed learning a new word, pleonasm, and like how you've illustrated usage and meaning with examples. Keep going - you're doing a great job.
     
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    Many thanks Ansuya!

    Agnostic
    Synonyms:
    a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)
    Usage:
    Gopu describes as a conservative agnostic.
     
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    Counterpart
    Synonyms:
    a person or thing that corresponds to or closely resembles another, as in form or function
    Usage:
    The Social activist worked together with her foreign counterpart.
     
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    Lozenge
    Synonyms:
    • A small, medicated candy intended to be dissolved slowly in the mouth to lubricate and soothe irritated tissues of the throat.
    • A four-sided planar figure with a diamond like shape;

    Usage:
    Rita had mint flavored lozenges for her throat pain.
    Lozenge shape is found in the mosaic
     
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    Flabbergasted
    Synonyms:
    To cause to be overcome with astonishment; astound

    Usage:
    When my friend told me she had lost her job, I was flabbergasted.
     
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    Latchstring
    Synonyms:
    A string for raising the latch of a door by a person outside.
    Usage:
    A simple latchstring lock does not provide adequate security on its own.
     
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    Perpetrator
    Meaning:
    To be responsible for; commit
    Usage:
    One of the most wanted perpetrator,escaped from the most secured jail.
     

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