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Vocabulary Bites (Part 13): Learn New Words Easily

Published on Thursday, March 31, 2016

1. Obfuscate

Definition:to make something less clear and more difficult to understand,usually deliberately
Usage:Politicians keep obfuscating the issues.

2. Endeavor

Definition : to try very hard to do something
Usage : The school endeavors to teach students to be good citizens

3. Interdict

Definition : To forbid or debar, especially authoritatively.
UsageThe National Trust has placed an interdict on jet-skis.

4. Myriad

Definition: an extremely large number of something
Usage: Designs are available in a myriad of colors

5. Extortion

Definition: the crime of getting money from someone by the use of force or threats
Usage: The kidnappers tried to extort money from the victim's family

6. Egocentric

Definition: Thinking only of oneself, without regard for the feelings or desires of others; self-centered
Usage: The prevalence of mass marketing and consumerism has led to a selfish egocentric culture where one's own apparent needs and desires come first at the exclusion of the needs of others.

7. Scant

Definition :very small in size or amount
Usage: Food was in scant supply.

8. Prune

Definition: 1) to cut off some of the branches from a tree, bush, etc. so that it will grow better and stronger
2) to make something smaller by removing parts; to cut out parts of something
Usage: Economic hard times are forcing the company to prune their budget.

9. Supernumerary

Definition: more than you normally need; extra
Usage: The council has supernumerary members so that there will be the required number for voting will be present even when some members are absent.

10. Indignation

Definition: a feeling of anger and surprise caused by something that you think is unfair or unreasonable
Usage: The decision to close the factory has aroused the indignation of the townspeople.

11. Exhilarate

Definition: to make someone feel very happy and excited
Usage:  The beautiful weather will exhilarate the weary climbers.

12. Epitaph

Definition: 1. A phrase or form of words written in memory of a person who has died, especially as an inscription on a tombstone.~n2. Something by which a person, time, or event will be remembered.
Usage:  He wanted her epitaph to include the word angel.

13. Divulge

Definition: to give someone information that is supposed to be secret
Usage:  The students were not willing to divulge the truth to the teachers.

14. Edict

Definition: an official order or statement given by someone in authority
Usage : The king's edict declared that all citizens would be charged higher taxes.

15. Evade

Definition:1) to escape from someone or something or avoid meeting someone~n
 2) Avoid dealing with or accepting (something unpleasant or morally or legally required)~n
3) to avoid dealing with or talking about something
Usage: He managed to evade the police for six months.

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