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Adjective. Extremely old and antiquated, especially of behaviour or appearance. "??When Rip Van Winkle returned after waking from his long sleep, the villagers were struck dumb by his antediluvian appearance.?? Antediluvian implies old or antiquated in appearance or behavior. The sentence given above implies that Rip Van Winkle, who came after a long time, looked old. His attire must have looked antique too; the kind of clothes people wore too must have changed over the years."


Noun. Benign protection; (also umbrella) "Ashoka not only brought several regions under his rule but also offered a wholesome canopy of protection and welfare to them."


Adjective. Expressing much in few words. "To be concise is sometimes more difficult than to hold forth at length on a topic."


Verb. Contain a person within a place or premise without freedom to leave it. "Under the law, the police cannot confine any person without the order of a magistrate."


Verb. Unite into one "In an effort to consolidate their assets the board of directors decided to amalgamate all the companies."


Adjective. Dispirited and depressed "When he was disqualified in the very last round, the sportsman became crestfallen."


Verb. Enhance, as in a story, by adding fictitious details or a product or service, by adding attractive features. "It helps to embellish your table with a flower vase or fruit bowl, without presenting your dinner in drab vessels on a bare table."


Noun. Evenness of mind or temper. "One should not lose one's temper or spirit in times of trial, but develop an equanimity of temperament."


Verb. Raise in rank, character or status "Politicians cheat people into thinking that they exalt heroes by garlanding their statues."


Adjective. Not attentive, Not serious, careless "Facetious remarks, though amusing, are quite out of place in a serious discussion."


Verb. Make more easy "The recent introduction of free net surfing centers at airports, will facilitate removal of the boredom of stop-over passengers."


Adjective. Well-chosen (especially of words); suited to a complimentary situation "The class leader gave a felicitous speech welcoming the chief guest to the school function."


Adjective. Not genuine or authentic. "Even documentary movies sometimes claim their characters are fictitious, any appearance to real-life persons being coincidental."


Noun. A physiological or temperamental peculiarity. "There is practically no person who is free from idiosyncrasy, because everyone has his or her personal style."


Verb. Injure; hurt; damage "According to the Auroville Eye Hospital, reading fine print in candlelight can actually improve rather than impair vision."


Adjective. A person or thing that is inventive, innovative or clever "Newton made an ingenious toy that used a mouse to draw water from a small vessel."


Verb. Praise in words or song. "The faculty lauded the students' efforts to ensure a garbage free city."


Verb. Arrange in logical order "Undeterred by his solitary confinement, the convict calmly marshalled his faculties to plan his escape."


Adjective. giving great attention to detail "The manager was meticulous about office records, and became intolerably critical of carelessness in this regard."


Noun. One who lives in retirement or seclusion "After the sudden death of his father, Hamlet turned recluse, avoiding human company."


Noun. a long thin part of the body of some creatures, such as an octopus, used for feeling or holding things, for moving or for getting food: "The tentacles pores are large"


Noun. Defiantly aggressive or cruel "The truculence of the bully, mercilessly violent with smaller boys, was summarily curbed by a bigger boy's thrashing."


Adjective. Wordy ; employing an abundance of words and expressions "The teacher asked the student to make her essay less verbose by editing unnecessary descriptions."


Adjective. Excessively greedy and grasping "A voracious reader, thumbing through two paperbacks daily, the journalist could still write a competent review on each of them."

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