|Absurd: Incongruous; inviting ridicule
|They went to absurd lengths to save a small amount of money.
|Appreciation: An expression of gratitude
|He expressed his appreciation by sending a short note.
|Cope: Come to terms with
|He coped with his responsibilities with courage.
|Dismantle: Tear down so as to make flat with the ground
|He dismantled the furniture before moving out of the house.
|Fabricated: Formed or conceived by the imagination
|She fabricated an excuse for not attending the function.
|Incompatibility: The quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination
|Incompatibility between mother and baby’s blood group may cause jaundice.
|Materialism: A great or excessive regard for worldly concerns.
|Disciples of materialism are more concerned about their bank balances than the fate of humanity.
|Nurture: Help develop, help grow
|The teacher nurtured her student’s talent.
|Originate: Come into existence; take on form or shape
|No-one who originated that story is available for comment.
|Plight: An unfavourable or unfortunate state.
|She was in a terrible plight as she had lost all her money.
|Taint: The state of being contaminated
|The elections were tainted by corruption.
|Tradition: A specific practice of long standing
|She has carried on the family tradition of giving away plants.
|Universal: Of worldwide scope or applicability
|Gargles are a universal remedy for sore throat.
|Amnesty: A period during which offenders are exempted from punishment
|Activists will not automatically be granted amnesty.
|Awesome: Inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
|He stood in awesome silence in front of the ancient ruins.
|Bona fide: Undertaken in good faith
|He was a bona fide citizen of The United States.
|Covert: Secret or hidden.
|They have been supplying covert military aid to the rebels.
|Debris: The remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
|There was a lot of debris in the house after the builder had left.
|Eruption: A sudden violent spontaneous occurrence
|There was a sudden eruption of violence on the streets.
|Incapacitated: Lacking in or deprived of strength or power
|He is incapacitated so he cannot work.
|Nirvana: Any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
|The soul reaches nirvana after numerous cycles of birth and death.
|Puny: Inferior in strength or significance
|It was difficult to arrange a grand function due to the puny resources at our disposal.
|Salvation: A means of preserving from harm or risk.
|Reading was his only salvation from boredom.
|Sumptuous: Rich and superior in quality
|They live in sumptuous surroundings.
|Underwrite: Guarantee financial support of
|They hired a special agency to underwrite their small business loans,
|Vulnerable: Susceptible to attack
|Small animals are often vulnerable to attack from the stronger ones.
|Abhor: Find repugnant
|She abhors delay of any kind.
|Connubial: Of or relating to marriage or to the relationship between a wife and husband
|It is difficult to explain what connubial felicity actually is.
|Contemptuous: Expressing extreme contempt
|She gave a contemptuous little laugh and walked away.
|Demur: Take exception to
|He demurred at the suggestion of working on Saturday.
|Entreaty: Earnest or urgent request
|They have resisted all entreaties to pledge their support for the campaign.
|Exonerate: Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
|The official report exonerated the school of any blame.
|Expatriate: A person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
|The military is preparing to evacuate expatriate families.
|Fiat: A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record
|He has imposed solutions by fiat.
|Inviolable: Incapable of being transgressed or dishonoured
|The game had a single inviolable rule.
|Juxtapose: Place side by side
|The judge juxtaposed the statements of the two eye-witnesses to arrive at the conclusion.
|Mendacious: Given to lying
|The politicians were issuing mendacious claims and counter- claims.
|Parsimonious: Excessively unwilling to spend
|His parsimonious thrift was relieved by a few generous impulses.
|Pecuniary: Relating to or involving money
|He received gratitude but no pecuniary benefit for his services.
|Proscribe: Command against
|He was proscribed not to leave the house until his parents came back.