UmbrellaDefinition 1) a country or system that protects people
2) a thing that contains or includes many different parts or elements
3) an object that is used for protection from the rain and sun
Usage "Contact sports" is an umbrella term for a variety of different sports.
IntellectualDefinition 1) connected with or using a person's ability to think in a logical way and understand things
2) well educated and enjoying activities in which you have to think seriously about things
Usage She's very intellectual.
StaggeringDefinition so great, shocking, or surprising that it is difficult to believe
Usage The drunk staggered towards the door
DubiousDefinition not certain and slightly suspicious about something
Usage After her best friend had lied three times Alice was. Dubious of her story.
AweDefinition feelings of respect and slight fear; feelings of being very impressed by something or someone
Usage She gazed in awe at the great stones.
TriteDefinition Something (a speech, opinion, comment etc.) that is dull and boring because it has been expressed so many times before and there is no originality.
Usage Speeches and talks delivered by President Kalam are always thought provoking. One can expect something new in each speech and are way different from the trite speeches that we are used to from contemporary politicians
EquivocalDefinition difficult to understand or explain clearly or easily
Usage The professor was equivocal of the books plot and inner meaning.
ValedictoryDefinition connected with saying goodbye, especially at a formal occasion
Usage The valedictory address was filled with pleasant images and hope
for the future.
HumilityDefinition the quality of not thinking that you are better than other people; the quality of being humble
Usage He accepted the honor with humility.
ObscurityDefinition the state in which someone or something is not well known or has been forgotten | the quality of being difficult to understand
Usage After a great beginning he gradually went into obscurity.
VagueDefinition 1) not clear in a person's mind
2) not having or giving enough information or details about something
3) suggesting a lack of clear thought or attention
4) not having a clear shape
Usage The instructions she left were vague and difficult to follow.
LiteralDefinition 1) Being the basic or usual meaning of a word or phrase
2) completely true and accurate : not exaggerated
3) Lacking imagination
Usage Her interpretation of the music was too literal.
ImplicitDefinition What is suggested or implied or hinted at
Usage There was nothing implicit in the warning delivered by the militants.
InsinuateDefinition 1) to suggest indirectly that something unpleasant is true
2) to succeed in gaining someone's respect, affection, etc. so that you can use the situation to your own advantage
3) to slowly move yourself or a part of your body into a particular position or place
Usage By pointing to his capability in a trivial area the teacher insinuated he was lacking in important ones.
AmbidextrousDefinition Equally skilled in performing tasks with either right or left hand
Usage Spartan youth were trained to get ambidextrous so as be good fighters even if one arm was hurt.