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n. lowest point
Although few people realized it, the Dow-Jones averages had reached their nadirand would soon begin an upward surge.
Ant: pinnacle, apex
n. quality of being unsophisticated
I cannot believe that such naiveteis unassumed in a person of her age and experience.
n. conceited person
A narcissistis his own best friend.
Mnemonic: 1) narrow + see~ see narrowlu , a conceated person 2) contains NAR(in hindi it means nari...ie a LADY)..and ladies are fond ofthemselves and like selfpraise ...hence narcissist....NO OFFENCE to fellow women..;)
adj. related to telling a story
A born teller of tales, Olsen used her impressive narrativeskills to advantage in her story "I Stand Here Ironing."
adj. incipient; coming into being
If we could identify these revolutionary movements in their nascentstate, we would be able to eliminate serious trouble in later years.
The Red Cross emphasizes the need for courses in natation.
Mnemonic: 1) neta +shine (natation) by swiming in atlanitic seas.. 2) This is really stupid... nata in hindi means short in height...we know swimmingincreasesheight..hence natation is the solution to the height problem. 2) floatation
adj. neatly or smartly dressed
Priding himself on being a nattydresser, the gangster Bugsy Siegel collected a wardrobe of imported suits and ties.
Mnemonic: 1) natty (nety)- uses net well ..while well dress 2)NATTY sounds like NEAT and tidy so natty
Syn: dapper , dashing , jaunty , raffish , rakish , snappy , spiffy , spruce
v. cause to become sick; fill with disgust
The foul smells began to nauseatehim.
Mnemonic: 1)nause(sounds like NOSE)+a. As we all smell through our NOSE and if we smellsomething foul,something odurous..we get a feeling of nausea or wanting to VOMIT.
adj. pertaining to ships or navigation
The Maritime Museum contains many models of clipper ships, logbooks, anchors and many other items of a nauticalnature.
adj. vague; hazy; cloudy
She had only a nebulousmemory of her grandmother's face.
Syn: Cloudy, Opaque, Turbid (Water), Murky (Night), Nebulous
Ant: clear, distinct, Azure, Transparent, Clear, Limpid, Incandescent, Luminescent
n. black magic; dealings with the dead
Because he was able to perform feats of necromancy, the natives thought he was in league with the devil.
Mnemonic: 1)necro (dead) +man+ cy (sea)~
adj. very wicked
He was universally feared because of his many nefariousdeeds.
Mnemonic: 1)no + feri + ice~ new feri in ice with all wicked person jumping and pumping
Ant: virtuous, angelic, benign
I must accept his argument since you have been unable to present any negationof his evidence.
negligencecan prove costly near complicated machinery.
adj. so small, trifling, or unimportant as to be easily disregarded
Because the damage to his car had been negligible, Michael decided he wouldn't bother to report the matter to his insurance company.
n. revenging agent
Captain Bligh vowed to be Christian's nemesis.
Mnemonic: 1) not+my+sis hence wants to take revenge..my sister wouldn't have been thecause of mydownfall. 2) Genesis(the old testament, bible) tells us to refrain from nemesis
n. new or newly coined word or phrase
As we invent new techniques and professions, we must also invent neologismssuch as "microcomputer" and "astronaut" to describe them.
Mnemonic: 1)'neo' means 'new' and 'logos' means 'word'; so 'neologism' means inventing newword.
n. recent convert; beginner
This mountain slope contains slides that will challenge experts as well as neophytes.
Mnemonic: 1)neo+phyte ~ new + fight; A new member or beginner always has to fightto establish his own identity. 2)split the word into "neo = the matrix hero" and "phyte = fight". Thus neofights in matrix movie as a beginner or new commer to save the revolution.
Syn: Inexperienced person, Fledgling, Beginner, Tyro, Greenhorn, Callow, Neophyte, Novice, Proselyte
Ant: veteran, Expert, Master, Virtuosity
n. favoritism (to a relative)
John left his position with the company because he felt that advancement was based on nepotismrather than ability.
Mnemonic: 1)ne + poti + sm ~ poti (grand-daughter) .. every grand father showsfavoritism for his grand daughter.
Tradition locates hell in the netherregions.
Mnemonic: 1) "NetherLand" is a country which is quite below sea level and also called aHolland meaning hollow land. Hence can be remembered as "Nether"+"land"
v. annoy; vex
Do not let him nettleyou with his sarcastic remarks.
Mneonic: 1) Nettle sounds like kettle. A Kettle boiling water makes a lot of noise andis thereforeirriating and annoying. It also means "worried". 2)"net + tle, when internet is slow like turtle.... annoyed!"
Syn: annoy , bother , chafe , devil , get at , get to , gravel , irritate , nark , rag , rile ,vex
I fail to see the nexusthat binds these two widely separated events.
n. beak; pen point
The nibsof fountain pens often become clotted and corroded.
Mnemonic: 1) broken nib.
n. precision; minute distinction
I cannot distinguish between such nicetiesof reasoning.
Mnemonic: 1)break nicety as 'nice'& 'ty' as 'tea' so its 'nice tea' that means it has perfect tasteand is distinct from the others. 2)nice city~ a nice city is built with perfection
Syn: 1) nuance , refinement , shade , subtlety 2) Accuracy, Precision, SECONDARY: Fastidious, finicky
adj. meanly stingy; parsimonious
The niggardlypittance the widow receives from the government cannot keep her from poverty.
Mnemonic: 1) nigg+HARDLY....he Hardly spends money 2) ni(nahi) gar(ghar or home) jiske pass ghar nahi hai woh toh reluctant hogahi! 2) nehi gardi~ goes by walk to same fare while going by gardi
Syn: Miserly, Stingy, Skinflint(US), Parsimonious, Niggardly, Curmudgeon, Codger, Tight wart, Tightfisted, Thrifty, Frugal, Husbandry (+), Provident(+)
Ant: lavish, prodigal
v. spend too much time on minor points; carp
Let's not niggleover details.
Mnemonic: 1) niggle: sounds like a new girls..who is worrying too much about her firstday in college. 2)needless hackle
n. denial of traditional values; total skepticism
nihilismholds that existence has no meaning.
Mnemonic: 1)take the NIL part of it...NIHLISTS are people who consider everything NIL....orin other words,who has a tendency not nullify/destroy everything.. 2)Nihilist seems like nil = ni + hi + list [ni can be related to hindi word nayi (meansnew). So, it canbe related to new list (new generation) who don’t believe in traditional methods of doingthings.
Syn: Non-existent, Existentialism, Nothingness
n. Buddhist teachings, the ideal state in which the individual loses himself in the attainment of an impersonal beatitude
Despite his desire to achieve nirvana, the young Buddhist found that even the buzzing of a fly could distract him from his meditation.
adj. done at night
Mr. Jones obtained a watchdog to prevent the nocturnalraids on his chicken coops.
adj. foul smelling; unwholesome
I never could stand the noisomeatmosphere surrounding the slaughter houses.
Ant: fragrant, beneficial
Several nomadictribes of Indians would hunt in this area each year.
n. terminology; system of names
She struggled to master scientific nomenclature.
adj. in name only; trifling
He offered to drive her to the airport for only a nominalfee.
n. indifference; lack of interest
Few people could understand how he could listen to the news of the tragedy with such nonchalance; the majority regarded him as callous and unsympathetic.
Mnemonic: 1) nonchalance rhymes like No + Challenge , When there is no challenge,people tend not to care and there will be a casual lack of concern. 2) No challan ~ no chlan for the tribes as there no interest on their wellfair
Syn: unconcern, insouciant, Indifferent, nonchalant, Insouciance, Apathetic, Callous, Ruthless, Heartless, Merciless
Ant: Pity, Commiseration, Sympathy, Empathy, Care, Concern, Solicitude, Compassion, Clemency
adj. neutral; unpledged; undecided
We were annoyed by his noncommittalreply for we had been led to expect definite assurances of his approval.
adj. distinctive; ordinary
The private detective was a short, nondescriptfellow with no outstanding features, the sort of person one would never notice in a crowd.
Mnemonic: 1)read it as non+describe... an ordinary object does not need to be described.
n. person of no importance; nonexistence
Don't dismiss John as a nonentity; in his quiet way, he's very important to the firm.
v. bring to a halt by confusion; perplex
Jack's uncharacteristic rudeness nonplussedJill, leaving her uncertain how to react.
n. homesickness; longing for the past
The first settlers found so much work to do that they had little time for nostalgia.
n. questionable medicine
No quack selling nostrumsis going to cheat me.
Mnemonic: 1) Homeo nostrum (raw medices) 2)put RUM in the NOSTrils.....to cure cold.... :D
n. disrepute; ill fame
To the starlet, any publicity was good publicity: if she couldn't have a good reputation, she'd settle for notoriety.
n. something new; newness
The computer is no longer a noveltyaround the office.
Even a novicecan do good work if he follows these simple directions.
We must trace the source of these noxiousgases before they asphyxiate us.
Mnemonic: 1)NOXIOUS=TOXIOUS.........harmful 2) naxal in bihar are noxious
Syn: Foul, Stench, Poisonous, Mephitic, Miasmatic, Noisome, Noxious, Fetid, Feculent, Putrid, Putrefaction, Morbific *, SEC: Pestilential, Scourge
Ant: Salubrious, Salutary, Wholesome, Healthy
n. shade of difference in meaning or color
The unskilled eye of the layperson has difficulty in discerning the nuancesof color in the paintings.
Mrs. Bennet, in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, was worried about finding suitable husbands for her five nubiledaughters.
Mnemonic: 1)can sound like NABALIK (below 18 years age) so unmarried 2)Sounds like NEW BALIKA (hindi) - just turned 18 and hencereached amarrigeable age. 3) nu (new)+bile (bile) duct is hanging a marrg topi
adj. futile; worthless
This agreement is nugatoryfor no court will enforce it.
Mnemonic: 1) nuga (naga) + tory
Mnemonic: 1) almost sounds like New+Gay+Tree.which is futile because gays wonthave a nice family tree.(NO OFFENSE whatsoever).. (Should be original) 2)No+guarantee, i.e a product which has no guarantee, is worthless.
v. to make invalid
Once the contract was nullified, it no longer had any legal force.
Syn: Repeal (in Parliament), Rescind (Superior --- Inferior), Quash (Judges), Revoke(Suspension, appointment), Countermand (an election), Cancel, Abolish, Abrogate, Annul, Invalidate, Nullify
Ant: Retain status quo
n. person who collects coins
The numismatisthad a splendid collection of antique coins.
adj. related to marriage
Their nuptialceremony was performed in Golden Gate Park.
v. nourish; educate; foster
The head Start program attempts to nurtureprekindergarten children so that they will do well when they enter public school.
n. nourishing substance
As a budding nutritionist, Kim has learned to design diets that contain foods rich in important basic nutrients.