1. BrusqueDefinition: Marked by rude or peremptory shortness.
Usage: She felt he could have refused more politely and that his brusque reply was unwarranted.
2. InimicalDefinition: Harmful in effect.
Usage: The witness turned inimical under pressure from the rowdy elements and refused to attend the trial.
3. TightfistedDefinition: Unwilling to part with money.
Usage: Getting money from him was a difficult task as he was so tightfisted and asked so many questions that one gave up after a while.
4. LumberDefinition: Walk awkwardly because of excessive weight & size.
Usage: Added to his heavy weight and short stature the man had eaten heavily and lumbered into his bedroom and slumped.
5. IntellectDefinition: The ability to think in a logical way | a very intelligent person.
Usage: Ben is highly regarded for his intellect and experience.
6. BlowDefinition: 1) a hard hit with the hand, a weapon, etc. 2) a sudden event which has damaging effects on someone or something, causing sadness or disappointment.
Usage: He was knocked out by a single blow to the head.
7. StygianDefinition: Hellish.
Usage: The positive medical opinion about her child's condition lifted her mind from its erstwhile stygian state in which no hope had existed.
8. EpilogueDefinition: A speech, etc. at the end of a play, book, or movie that comments on or acts as a conclusion to what has happened.
Usage: The real twist of the novel was hidden in the epilogue.
9. ThreadbareDefinition: Thoroughly worn out.
Usage: Stop making threadbare excuses otherwise you spoil the trust.
10. TransmuteDefinition: Alter the nature of (elements).
Usage: The science of chemistry stems from alchemy which had a flavour of magic claiming it could transmute lead into gold.
11. AncillaryDefinition: Serving as a help.
Usage: He started the ancillary unit to help with the additional production requirements of his main unit when the demand exceeded supply for his product.
12. AddendumDefinition: A section of extra information that is added to something, especially to a book.
Usage: You may add an addendum to the letter if there are particulars not covered in the original.
13. AnimadversionDefinition: Critical remark of a negative kind, powerfully expressed.
Usage: Animadversion if unbiased can help one get better but it also has to be taken in the right spirit to actually see any improvements.
14. AghastDefinition: Struck by shock, terror or amazement.
Usage: She was aghast when she realised that she had deleted her entire presentation from her computer system when she clicked the wrong button and that she had no time to redo it.
15. TorpedoDefinition: Missiles launched from submarines.
Usage: During the second world war the Nazis dominated the Atlantic for a long time destroying ocean liners with powerful torpedoes launched from their submarines (known as U-Boats).
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