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Word : Supercilious

A smiley with raised eyebrow


Word : SUPERCILIOUS (adj.)

Pronunciation : supercilious (ˌsuːpəˈsɪlɪəs)

Breakup : SUPER + CILIUM (Super means above & Cilium (Latin means) Eyelid. Above eyelid is the eyebrow)

Meaning : Haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a look.



Haughty, Imperious, Prideful, Sniffy

Swaggering, Disdainful, Lordly, Overbearing

Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer

Sentences & News:

1. The supercilious woman demands special treatment for being pretty.

2. You look down on people with your supercilious attitude.

3. It's strange how Trisha is humble and modest with me but snotty and supercilious towards her coworkers.

4. Steinitz called Lapid “supercilious and arrogant,” in an interview on Channel 2's Meet the Press that aired Saturday evening.

5. Lawyer who alleged ‘supercilious’ opponent had a judge in his pocket fights recommended suspension.

  Origin & History:

 Latin superciliōsus, from supercilium, eyebrow, pride : super-, super- + cilium, lower eyelid; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots




Word : Querulous

Contributed by Mr. Hari ( MBA Aspirant)

Scene Desc : A complaint box full of complaints has fallen down


Word : QUERULOUS (adj.)

Break up : Queror (in Latin means to complain) + Ous (means full of)

Pronunciation : querulous (ˈkwɛrʊləs; ˈkwɛrjʊ-)

Meaning : full of complaints; carping.



Whiney , Whiny, Fretful, Complaintive

 Sentences & News:

 1. Querulous and bellicose observations on IT and the government

When Honest Abe Met This Querulous Metropolis
When Honest Abe Met This Querulous Metropolis
When Honest Abe Met This Querulous Metropolis

 2. "All successful newspapers," declaimed querulous, bellicose H. L. Mencken, "are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose."

When Honest Abe Met This Querulous Metropolis

 3. City Weekly’s querulous ‘fact-check’ article is short on fact-checking

History & Origin:

From Latin querulus from querī to complain


Word : Boisterous

Contributed by Mr. Hari ( MBA Aspirant)

Scene Desc : Boys making noise on the streets



Pronunciation : bois·ter·ous  (boistr-s, -strs)

Breakup : BOYS + STEREOS on streets

Meaning : Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline



Word : Alleviate

Contributed by Mr. Varun ( GMAT Aspirant)

Scene Desc : Physiotherapist trying to raise arm of the patient to alleviate pain



Pronunciation : al·le·vi·ate  (-lv-t)

Link : Elevate

Meaning : (tr) to make (pain, sorrow, etc) easier to bear; lessen; relieve


Sentences :

1. Cold water should be used to cover the affected area and alleviate the pain.

2. The new research begins to alleviate this problem.

3. Exercise is among the factors found to help alleviate stress.

Word : Cacophony

Contributed by Mr. Varun (GMAT aspirant)

Scene Desc : Shrill ringtone of a Cactus Phone



Pronunciation : ca·coph·o·ny  (k-kf-n)

Breakup : CACTUS + PHONE

Meaning : Jarring, discordant sound; harsh discordance of sound; dissonance.


Sentences :

1. A cacophony of deafening alarm bells

2. The sounds of barking dogs and sirens added to the cacophony on the streets.




Word : Leonine

Contributed by Mr. Varun (GMAT Aspirant)




Link Word : LEO

Pronunciation : Leonine (ˈliːəˌnaɪn)

Meaning : Of or characteristic of or resembling a lion



Word : Vegetate

Contributed by Mr. Hari (MBA Aspirant)




Pronunciation : veg·e·tate  (vj-tt)

Meaning : To exist in a state of physical or mental inactivity or insensibility; (Botany) to grow like a plant; sprout




Word : Enervate

Contributed by Mr. Hari (MBA Aspirant)

Scene Desc : A low weighted person gets drained of ENERGY quickly. There is a direct correlation of ENERGY & WEIGHT




Pronunciation : en·er·vate  (nr-vt)

Meaning : Lacking strength or vitality; enervated; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate


Other Similar Words :

1. Debilitate (dɪˈbɪlɪˌteɪt) - To sap the strength or energy of.

2. Feeble (fee·ble  (fbl)) - Lacking strength; weak.





Word : Penury

Contributed by Mr. Abhishek (GMAT Aspirant)


Word : PENURY (noun)

Link : Need even a PENNY

Pronunciation : pen·u·ry  (pny-r)

Meaning : Extreme poverty; Destitution; Extreme scarcity


Other Words

1. Destitute - Utterly lacking

(A very close synonym of Penury, and one of equal strength. Destitute people don't have means for mere subsistence-as such, they are perhaps on the verge of starvation)

2. Indigent - Experiencing want or need; impoverished

(This is a milder word than Penury & Destitution. Indigent people are not absolutely penniless)

3. Parsimonious - Excessively sparing or frugal.

(A synonym of Penury. Parsimonious person is stingy, a penurious person is twice as stingy)





Word : Specto

Contributed by Mr. Abhishek (GMAT Aspirant)



Meaning : SPECTO in Latin means To Look


Other words with SPECT as root:

1. Retrospect  (Retro means old) - To Look Back

2. Prospect - To Look Forward

3. Spectacle - A pair of eyeglasses;  Something that can be seen or viewed, especially something of a remarkable or impressive nature

4. Spectacular - of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic

5. Spectator - An observer of an event.




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