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Word: Levity

Levity [Noun]

Sentence: Humorist and corporate culture expert Scott Christopher debunks the myth that levity is somehow a frivolous non-issue and detrimental to an organization’s success. (Source: levityeffect.com)

Meaning: Lack of seriousness or due respect while dealing with a serious matter

How To Remember? 

Leave it. Don’t take it too seriously!” The word “Levity” should remind you of “Leave it!” Hope this helps you remember this word.

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[While most people would argue how business matters are to be taken seriously always, authors Adrian Gostick & Scott Christopher argue otherwise in their book “The Levity Effect“. Using extensive research, they show how entertainment is necessary in an organization to motivate employees and have more loyal customers. Their research also shows how leaders who take-it-easy & are relaxed eventually earn more than their peers who are serious all the time. Source: www.levityeffect.com.]

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Word: Abstemious

Abstemious [Adjective]

Sentence: He is so abstemious that he once declared that to avoid temptation, he would never appear anywhere alcohol was served unless his wife was with him. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Someone who exercises restraint especially while consuming alcohol or food

How To Remember?

Abstemious” is related to the word “abstain” which is the verb form. Now, “Ab-” + “-stain” may be thought of as staying away from “stain” of any type. But to stay away, you need to exercise restraint, an enormous amount of self-control. Being abstemious as you see isn’t easy at all!

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[Guess who are not being abstemious!]

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Word: Travail

Travail [Verb]

Sentence: Storytelling has long been a favorite hobby of many of Margaret Atwood’s characters. For some, it’s a way to distance themselves from painful memories while mythologizing mundane triumphs and travails; for others, it’s a means of discovering their own identities, a way of connecting the dots in their lives, of turning random points of light into something resembling a starry constellation. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: To engage in work of a painful or laborious nature

How To Remember?

The word “ail” is used to describe when one is feeling ill or feeling pain. The “-ail” of “Travail” should remind you of that. Additionally, “Travail” sounds a lot like “Travel” – a venture requiring effort. So, the word “Travail” should remind you of a difficult journey resulting in pain during the process.

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Word: Propitiate

Propitiate [Verb]

Sentence: That story, set on a planet far, far away, depicts a bloody, class-riven society that sacrifices its young to propitiate ancient gods, and a chilling assassination plot involving a blind killer. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Appease or make peace with someone by doing or offering something that pleases him/her

How To Remember? 

The part “-piti-” in the word “Propitiate” should remind you of pity. So, you need pity from a “Pro-“, that is, a professional. You are at his/her mercy. Now a professional can be very hard to please, isn’t it? You would have to mollify him/her. You would have to placate him/her. You would have to propitiate him/her.

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[In many parts of the world, animal sacrifices are made to propitiate the Gods or God – number depending on the religion one is born to or chooses to follow – so as to get a good harvest or weather a calamity.]

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