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Word: Verbiage

Verbiage [Noun]

Sentence: Information overload is everywhere, from non-stop news to rat-a-tat email inboxes. At the receiving end of this deluge of verbiage is the human brainyour brain— metaphorically endowed with a vacuum cleaner that sucks up information; a container for short-term memory; a blender for integrating information; a memory bank for storing long-term information; a garbage disposal for getting rid of information; and a recycling machine extraordinaire. (Source: hbr.org)

Meaning: Containing a lot of unnecessary words; Excessively lengthy or technical

How To Remember?

Too many “verbs“, too many words! And we don’t like too many unnecessary words, do we now?

Remember thus!

Synonyms?

Verbosity; Prolixity; Superfluity; Redundancy.

Antonyms?

Brevity; Pithiness; Succinctness.

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Word: Abiturient

Abiturient [Noun]

Sentence: Each syllable counted. Each word had a power of which, until then, I had been oblivious. The air in the classroom was loaded with awareness. Till today mere boys, we discovered a might within ourselves that had remained hidden hitherto by our poor self-perception. All at once, every Abiturient was a well of knowledge, a source of ideas, a person of talent. (Source: The Oxymoron Factor: Franek: Stranger in My Land by Frank Stiffel)

Meaning: A student (especially in the German education system) who has just joined a university or is going to a university after having taken the secondary school final examination

Check the meaning of the word “Novaturient” by clicking here.

How To Remember?

Connect this word with “Novaturient“: The word “Nova” originates from the Latin “Novus” meaning “New“. “Novaturient” thus should remind you of someone who wants a new life!

Similarly, when we leave school to join a university, it indicates a new “turn” in our life. Thus, “Abiturient“!

Remember thus!

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Word: Ameliorate

Ameliorate [Verb]

Sentence: What the trio of economists found is that the spectacular growth in incomes at the peak has so outpaced the small increase at the bottom from public programs intended to ameliorate poverty and inequality that the gap between the wealthiest and everyone else has continued to widen. [Source: www.nytimes.com]

Meaning: Make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better

How To Remember?

You “rate” something in the hope that it becomes better, right? Or else, why go through the trouble of rating!

Alternatively, you can also remember it as the opposite of “deteriorate” which means to worsen things.

Synonyms?

Improve; Amend; Better; Enhance; Enrich; Help; Meliorate; Refine; Upgrade.

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Ameliorate your learning skills, buddy! 

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Word: Novaturient

Novaturient [Adjective]

Sentence: In retrospect, I’m shaking my head at how easily I was able to navigate the city using the limited French vocabulary that I learned in elementary school. My novaturient wishes were to find myself in the places I would explore, the scents I would inhale, and the people whose words and energies would stimulate my thoughts. (Source: golbou.com)

Meaning: Desiring changes or alterations; Desiring or seeking change in one’s life, behavior or situation; The feeling that pushes one to travel

How To Remember?

The word “Nova” originates from the Latin “Novus” meaning “New“. “Novaturient” thus should remind you of someone who wants a new life!

Remember thus!

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[Well, some employees sure know how to handle the novaturient desires of their bosses!]

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Word: Plenipotentiary

Plenipotentiary [Adjective]

Sentence: The little country is San Marino, the tiny (24 square miles and 22,000 inhabitants) but venerable republic found slightly to the southwest of Rimini near Italy’s Adriatic coast. And its eminent representative in the United States is Detlev Baurs-Krey, who is San Marino’s newly appointed minister plenipotentiary at large. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Invested with full power

How To Remember?

Plenipotentiary” can be expanded as “Plenty Potential” which someone who has full power can easily claim to have!

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[Superman is the hero plenipotentiary, isn’t he? Well, almost!]

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Word: Quotidian

Quotidian [Adjective] 

Sentence: Though Stamm pulls off a quietly spectacular plot twist halfway through the book, he never loses sight of the quotidian things that erode or transform relationships over time. (Source: www.newyorker.com)

Meaning: Occurring daily

How To Remember?

You write quotes in your diary daily. This quotidian habit of yours helps you memorize quotes.

Synonyms?

Humdrum; Mundane; Prosaic; Normal; Standard.

Antonyms?

Unusual; Exciting.

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[Brushing teeth is a quotidian affair.]

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Word: Consternation

Consternation [Noun]

Sentence: The rambling tweet storm, which earned Madison the consternation of CNN anchor Jake Tapper, resulted in a statement from MTV insisting that their employees’ views do not represent those of the network. But Madison kept the anti-Sessions tweets coming, obviously undeterred by the public backlash he faced for his insensitivity. (Source: www.nationalreview.com)

Meaning: A sudden feeling of anxiety, amazement or dread at something unexpected which may result in utter confusion

How To Remember?

Consternation” should remind you of “Concern“. A sudden change in behavior of someone you care raises your concern about her well-being and,  you become anxious, dreading that something awful has befallen her and hence she is behaving the way she is.

Remember thus!

Synonyms?

Dismay; Perturbation; Anxiety; Distress; Disquiet; Disquietude; Discomposure; Angst; Trepidation; Surprise; Amazement; Astonishment; Stupefaction; Alarm; Panic; Hysteria.

Antonym?

Satisfaction.

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[Well, yes, many times: Consternation = Face Palm!]

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Word: Predilection

Predilection [Noun]

Sentence: We chose to study decision making under sexual arousal – not because we had kinky predilections ourselves, but because understanding the impact of arousal on behavior might help society grapple with some of its most difficult problems, such as teen pregnancy and the spread of HIV-AIDS. There are sexual motivations everywhere we look, and yet we understand very little about how these influence our decision making. (Source: “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely)

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Meaning: A preference or liking for something; Biased in favor of something

How To Remember?

“Predilection” should remind you of pre-direction. You have already decided your direction in favor of something. Remember thus!

Synonyms?

Fondness; Preference; Partiality; Penchant; Inclination; Leaning; Bias; Propensity; Proclivity; Proneness; Predisposition; Tendency; Affinity

Antonyms?

Dislike; Disinclination.

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(Guess what the predilection of the research company was?)

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Word: Occlude

Occlude [Verb]

Sentence: When your fear is so great that you resort to torture, it’s not toughness; it’s cowardice. And we all bear the burden of responsibility for these men, whose lives have become waking nightmares. It is important to remind ourselves of the cost when fear occludes our capacity to recognize the humanity of others who are far more like us than not. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: To stop, close up or block off

How To Remember?

Occlude” rhymes with “Conclude“. You close up an event by concluding it. Remember thus!

Synonyms?

Block; Choke; Clog; Congest; Obstruct.

Antonyms?

Clear; Free; Open; Unblock; Unclog.

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[Protestors occluded a highway using burning tires!]

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Word: Ambulatory

Ambulatory [Adjective]

SentenceAmbulatory surgery centers are already subject to the same type of rigorous government oversight and regulation as hospitals. Equally important, the doctors and nurses who work in these centers have the same education, training and credentials as those who perform surgery in hospitals. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Related to or adapted for walking; Also used to describe treatments in hospitals or care centers which do not require the patients to stay overnight

How To Remember?

Amble” means to walk at a slow, relaxed place. Thus, one can remember the word “Ambulatory“.

Or else, think about an ambulance that takes you for a minor surgery and brings you back the same day.

Synonyms?

Ambulant; Perambulatory; Wandering; Wayfaring.

Antonyms?

Immobile; Static; Stationary.

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[An Ambulatory patient or a walking mummy?]

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