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FUTILE
fyoo/tile
Adjective
DEFINITION
..serving no useful purpose; not completely effective; pointless
..incapable of producing useful results

..Their attempt to keep fans off the stage were futile.
..Attempt to get supplies to the region are futile, because troops will not allow the aid convoy to enter the city.
..It's completely futile trying to reason with him; he just won't listen.
..All my attempts to cheer him up proved futile.
..It's futile trying to persuade him to change his mind.
..Their efforts to revive him were futile.
..If you say something is futile, you mean there is no point in doing it, usually because it has no chance of succeeding.
..He brought his arm up in a futile attempt to ward off the blow.
..Trying to stop a plane that has already left the ground is futile.
..Hopefully all the time you spent studying new words won't turn out to be futile.
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INSOUCIANT INSOUCIANCE
in/soo/see/uh nt in/soo/syahnts
Adjective Noun
DEFINITION

..free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant
..a relaxed and happy way of behaving without feeling worried or guilty
..an insouciant action or quality shows someone's lack of concern about something which they might be expected to take seriously

..France makes a strong case for the staggering insouciant government at all levels.
..Bill, with typical New York insouciance, shrugged off the episode.
..His military campaign in Syria has been carried out with similar disinformation and insouciance.
..Skateboarders, and their baggy trousers, and snazzy T-shirts, and insouciant attitude, are often seen as cool.
..Jane is insouciant about her health, and does not bother to take her medication.
..The insouciant waitress did not seem to care that Bill waited for over an hour for his food.
..The insouciant mother did not blink an eye when her son complained of a tummy ache.
..Perhaps her insouciant attitude was part of her charm.
..Program makers seem irresponsibly insouciant about churning out violence.
..When confronted with the evidence of theft, he gave an insouciant shrug.
..I admired his youthful insouciance.
..People marry and divorce with the greatest of ease and insouciance.
..She hides her worries with an air of insouciance.
..He replied with characteristic insouciance: "So what?"
..There was a degree of insouciance about recycling the compost.
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CONDESCENDING
kon/duh/sen/ding
Adjective
DEFINITION
..treating someone as if you are more important or intelligent than them
..showing or characterized by a patronizing or superior attitude towards others
..to do something that one regards as beneath one's social rank or dignity; lower oneself


..If you say someone is condescending, you are showing your disapproval of the fact they talk and behave in ways they think they are superior to other people.
..He read the letter with the same condescending tone with which it was written.
..I hate the way he is so condescending to his staff.
..A slight condescending smile had taken over Sir Richard's face.
..An example of condescending is a parent who speaks to her adult child as if he was still a toddler.
..He has a condescending attitude towards women.
..He looked around and made some condescending remark.
..He condescended to see me at my hotel.
..Jane needs to take her condescending attitude elsewhere and realize she is not queen of the world.
..She spoke to us in a condescending tone.

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AMBIGUOUS Prefix..ambi..means both ways guous..from the Latin verb means to lead or drive
am/big/yoo/uhs
Adjective
DEFINITION

..not decided, not clear
..open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning, or having different meanings

..Some students have ambiguous feelings about their role in the world.
..Someone who might give an ambiguous answer to a question is a politician talking to his constituents.
..Her account of the accident was deliberately ambiguous.
..It is a long and reflective and carefully ambiguous document.
..The writer left the play ambiguous and open to interpretation by the actors.
..He felt his role in the company was becoming more ambiguous. (uncertain)
..Due to the ambiguous nature of the question, it was difficult to choose the right answer.
..We were confused by the ambiguous wording of the message.
..Newspaper headlines can be unintentionally funny when they are ambiguous.
..Some companies have agreements where the language is deliberately ambiguous so that there is room for them to shirk their responsibility or cancel the agreement.
..Bill said the wording in the clause was ambiguous.
..This agreement is very ambiguous and open to various interpretations.
..The Foreign Secretary's remarks clarified an ambiguous statement issued earlier this week.
Zaire's national conference on democracy ended ambiguously. (adverb)
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PRECARIOUS
pri/kair/ee//uh s
Adjective
DEFINITION

..in a dangerous state because of not being safe or being held firmly in place
..dependent on chance; uncertain "He made of precarious living as a painter."
..a precarious situation is likely to get worse based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises. " precarious solution to a difficult problem"

..If your footing or hold on something is precarious, it is unstable or not firmly placed, so you are likely to slip or lose your grip.
..If you are totally broke and people you owe money to keep calling, then you'd be in a precarious financial position.
..The truck was lodged in a very precarious way, with it's wheels hanging over the cliff.
..Many borrowers now find themselves caught in a precarious financial position.
..Life here has been precarious since the drought five years ago.
..Russia's economy has become increasingly precarious.
..If you go outside during a hurricane, then you have put yourself in a precarious position.
..For refugees, life was always precarious.
..Her health remained precarious despite treatment.
..He earned a precarious living by gambling.
..We can clearly see the essence of despotism and the precarious nature of democracy.
..The government is in a precarious position that must be carefully dealt with.
..The strong wind almost knocked him off his precarious perch on the edge of the cliff.
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OXYMORON
ox/si/mawr/on
Noun
DEFINITION

..two words used together that have or seem to have opposite meanings
..an expression that contains words with opposite meanings, for example "a bitter sweet experience" (an experience that is both pleasant and unpleasant)
..refers to two opposite qualities or ideas, therefore seems impossible
Oxymoron's are extremely useful in written English because they can make effective titles, add dramatic effect, add flavor to speech, and sometimes are used to achieve comedic effect.

Examples of oxymoron in a sentence
..He has a passive aggressive personality.
..I will ask the professor for his unbiased opinion.
..The sermon lasted for an endless hour.
..This ice cream is disgustingly delicious.
..You apple pie is awfully good.
..Stop being a big baby.
..The army returned friendly fire.
..There is to be zero tolerance.
..I had no choice but to help out.
..This is another fine mess you've got us into.
..Suddenly the room was filled with a deafening silence.
..The comedian was seriously funny.
..Do you have the original copies?
..This is a genuine imitation Rolex watch.

Other examples
dull roar
even odds
definite maybe
cruel kindness
crash landing
civil war
bitter sweet
awful good
alone together
minor miracle
only choice
negative income
open secret
paper towel
sad smile
steel wool
found missing
Hell's Angels

..Because is sorrow is never appealing to me, I cannot understand the oxymoron "sweet sorrow".
..If you want to make an obvious contradiction with words, then you should use an oxymoron.
..The oxymoron pretty ugly implies that a person can be both attractive and unattractive at the same time.
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VERNACULAR
ver/nak/yuh/ler
Noun
DEFINITION

..the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people of a country or region
..specialized vocabulary of a particular profession, trade or group "legal vernacular"
..architecture: a local style in which ordinary houses are built
..specialized art, music, dance etc., that is in a style liked or performed by ordinary people
..occurring or existing in a particular locality; endemic "a vernacular disease"
..the common non-scientific name of a plant or animal

..The Spanish I learned at school is very different from the local vernacular of this Mexican village.
..Many Roman Catholics regret the replacing of the Latin mass by the vernacular.
..Most of these new sermons were recorded in literary Sanskrit rather than the vernacular language.
..Vernacular describes everyday language, including slang, that's used by people.
..The vernacular is different from literary or official language: it's the way people really talk with each other, like how families talk at home.
..Specific groups have a vernacular, meaning the unique way people in a certain region or profession speak.
..An example of vernacular is medical terms used by doctors.
..I lost my fondness for slang and vernacular.
..He spoke the vernacular of an urban teenager.
..Galileo wrote in the vernacular to reach a larger audience .
..He lapsed into local vernacular.
..His vernacular identified him as a Frenchman.
..It's impossible to understand her vernacular.
..To hold the interest of the community, the playwright penned his play using local vernacular.
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CAPITULATE
kuh/pich/uh/leyt
Verb
DEFINITION

..to accept military defeat
..to stop opposing or resisting what someone wants and agree to it because they are stronger than you
..to surrender under specified conditions
..to give up all resistance; acquiesce; cease to resist an opponent or an unwelcome demand; yield

..Their forces capitulated 5 hours after the bombardment of the city began.
..Capitulate means to give in to something.
..If your parents refuse to raise your allowance you might argue until they capitulate.
..He finally capitulated and agreed to do the job my way.
..To capitulate is to surrender outright or give in under certain conditions.
..The police capitulated and allowed the march to go ahead.
..We will not capitulate to the demands of terrorists.
..The garrison capitulated after the bombardment.
..The government capitulated and dropped the proposed legislation due to public pressure.
..We will not capitulate to the demands of terrorists.
..The club eventually capitulated and now grants equal rights to women.
..In less than 2 hours Bill capitulated to virtually every demand.
..The teacher refused to capitulate: no calculators were to be used during the exam.
..The company capitulated to the labor union in order to avoid a strike.
..Officials eventually capitulated to the protester's demands.
..The country still refuses to capitulate despite its weakening army and dwindling resources.
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GALLIVANT
gal/uh/vant
Verb
DEFINITION

..to travel, roam or move about for pleasure "gallivanting all over town"
..to visit, or go to a lot of places, enjoying yourself, and not worrying about other things you should be doing.

..Well, you won't be able to go off gallivanting around like this when there's a baby to be taken care of.
..She has been footing the bill while he was gallivanting around the country.
..She quit her job to go gallivanting around the globe.
..I'm always disappointed to see our leaders gallivanting about with the wealthy of the world.
..You might decide to take a year off between high school and college to gallivant around the country for a while.
..People who gallivant are out to have a good time as they wander.
..When you gallivant, you meander from one place to another in search of fun.
..A little kid might gallivant around the preschool classroom during free time, visiting his friends and playing with various toys.
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ENGAGING ....... ENGAGE
Adjective Verb
en/gey/jing en/geyj
DEFINITION

Adjective
..tending to draw favorable attention or interest
..charming, attractive, winning, pleasing, entertaining, interesting "an engaging smile/person/manner"
Verb
..to engage somebody(as something)
..engage something
..engage somebody to do something
..part of a machine that engages or fits together

..Engaging means to be attractive and pleasant in a way that makes people like you.
..Boring is the complete opposite of engaging.
..Think of your favorite t.v. show--especially one you can't stop watching--it must be very engaging.
..At the hearing she was accused of engaging in "propaganda against the regime".
..Bill stated that putting together the playlist and engaging with listeners kept him alive.
..Politicians would be wise to start engaging the electorate if they want to be re-elected.
..She really does not like engaging with the community.
..He was accused of engaging in racial discrimination.
..If neighborhoods would try engaging with minority groups in order to promote reconciliation and better relationships, unity may be achieved.
..It is a powerful and engaging book to read.
..The film is an engaging , but unspectacular family saga.
..His warm and engaging personality gave a much needed lift to the sombre atmosphere in the room.
..A story, song, or person that is engaging is entertaining, fun, and interesting--you want to hear and see more.
..Countries engaging in arms races put their people in jeopardy.
..Engaging in name calling is unacceptable.
..He is currently engaged as a consultant.
..We will have to engage the services of a translator.
..She has the ability to engage with young minds.
..The cogwheels are not engaging.
..One cogwheel engages with the next.
..Engage the clutch before selecting a gear.
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