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Word: Requite

Requite [Verb]

Sentence: Mr. Doolittle sits on the Appropriations Committee, to which lobbyists and special interests have an attraction that borders on Pavlovian. No great drumbeating is needed to fill those campaign kitties. Like other lawmakers, Mr. Doolittle indulges ”earmarking” — the odious practice of delivering government contracts to favored pleaders who often requite with campaign contributions. (Source: www.democracy21.org)

Meaning: Make appropriate return for (a favor, service, or wrongdoing)

How To Remember?

If someone quite does you a favor, you re-quite him/her with a favor, you re-turn the favor. Remember thus!

Synonyms?

Avenge, Revenge, Return, Reciprocate; Recompense; Repay.

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Word: Repertoire

Repertoire [Noun]

Sentence: Because people communicate in culturally specific clichés, your repertoire of proverbs should be extensive. If an Arabic speaker says something about adding more water to mud, you’ll need to know that the English equivalent is adding insult to injury. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Stock of items, qualities and actions

How To Remember?

The “repert-” should remind you of the word “repeat”. And “-oire” should remind you of “choir” which refers to a group of musicians. Thus, your show would not just have a single song but multiple songs – a stock of songs, a repertoire of songs.

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[In the picture above, we can see a repertoire of stamps. By the way, the collection and study of stamps is called “Philately“.]

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Word: Chicanery

Chicanery [Noun]

Sentence: In a Thursday research note, Citi analyst Walter Pritchard predicted the allegations of accounting chicanery will “keep some level of uncertainty” hanging over Oracle’s stock until more information comes out in the case. (Source: www.yahoo.com)

Meaning: Use of trickery or deception to achieve one’s purpose

How To Remember?

The “chi-” of “chicanery” should remind of the word “cheating” implying deceit or trickery. Simple?

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Word: Lascivious

Lascivious [Adjective]

Sentence: It’s hard to pinpoint the precise moment at which The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook’s deviously kinky period thriller, shifts from being a lascivious slice of art-house delirium to a gruelling, dislikable contraption which meretriciously sells out its source material. (Source: www.telegraph.co.uk)

Meaning: Lustful, Salacious

How To Remember?

The “L-” and “-V-” in “L-asci-V-ious” should remind you of lustful Las Vegas! (Yes, Las Vegas is much more than that but hey, the purpose is to remember the word, right? The more shocking, the better!)

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[This is a screenshot from a low-budget 1958 British movie “Fiend Without a Face” where “invisible, brain-sucking monstrosities” go around killing American soldiers at a US Air Force base. And this is the most lascivious photo that could be used to drive home the word in your memory.]

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Word: Diatribe

Diatribe [Noun]

Sentence: After declaring that he had unified the party in one of the most “love-filled” conventions in political history, Mr. Trump launched an extended diatribe against Mr. Cruz, who pointedly declined to endorse him during his own convention speech on Wednesday and instead urged people to vote their conscience. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: An angry verbal attack or writing against someone or something

How To Remember? 

Di-” should remind you of two, and coupled with “-tribe“, try imagining two tribes engaged in a verbal exchange, shouting at the top their voices – incessantly.

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[This is an edited screenshot from the 1987 British-American war Movie – Full Metal Jacket – directed by Stanley Kubrick. If you have not watched it yet, you should!]

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Word: Soliloquy

Soliloquy [Noun]

Sentence: The imagery of Macbeth’s soliloquy reveals the intentions he would like to achieve (“assassination,” “success”), but its construction shows the workings of a mind still very much in confusion. (Source: www.cliffsnotes.com)

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Meaning: Act of one speaking to one’s own self aloud; A literary device used to reveal the innermost thoughts of a character

The Confusion?

While both the words “soliloquy” and “monologue” involve a solo (single) speaker, soliloquy is about talking to oneself while monologue normally involves an audience.

How to Remember? 

The word “soliloquy” has the root word “Loqui” which means “To talk” just like the word “Loquacious” (Click here to check its meaning). Additionally, it is formed by the Latin word “Solus” which means “alone“.

The part “soli-” should remind you of the word “solo“. Hence, solo talk – talking to oneself!

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Word: Loquacious

Loquacious [Adjective]

Sentence: Being as loquacious as Trump is, it’s not surprising that he loves to brag about his wealth and his appeal to women. (Source: www.biography.com)

Meaning: Talkative

How To Remember?

Remember the root word “Loqui” which means to “To talk“. Hence, the words eloquent, dialogue, soliloquy and loquacious have something to do with talking.

Loqua” and the word “Lecture”  could be linked and thus remembered.

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Word: Meretricious

Meretricious [Adjective]

Sentence: “To argue that by taking the actions that he did, the president kept America safe is meretricious,” Smith writes, adding: “The fact is, the threat of terrorism that confronts the United States is in many respects a direct result of Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003.” (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Attractive to look at but does not have any real value; Deceptively pleasing; Gaudy; Tawdry; Specious

How To Remember?

The “mere” in “Meretricious” should remind you how the merit is not of any real value. It is just for show. A mere merit – flashy! Not of any real use.

You can also remember it by thinking of the word as “mere trick” – no real substance, just a trick!

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Word: Insipid

Insipid [Adjective]

Sentence: The earliest forms of art, like painting and music, are those best suited for expressing joy. But somewhere in the 19th century, more artists began seeing happiness as insipid, phony or, worst of all, boring–in Tolstoy’s words, “All happy families are alike.” (Source: content.time.com

Meaning: Lacking vigor or interest; Lacking flavor or taste

How To Remember? 

Suppose you go to a party. Now in that party, you are not allowed to “sip”any drink. No drinks allowed. No soda, no beer. Sorry. Just imagine how dull and lifeless that party would be! The “sip” in “Insipid” should remind you of such a party.

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