Disabuse (verb)

Definition:

To correct someone’s error, fallacy, or misconception. Disabuse comes from the 17th-century French word desabuser, “to correct someone.” It carried an archaic meaning of “abuse” (a delusion), so that it meant “to correct someone’s delusion” (bringing it in line with reality.) The word still carries a connotation of correcting someone’s wrong belief and setting them on the right track.

Example Sentences:

– Anne quickly disabused Jim of the idea that working 9 to 5 at the head office would be exciting.
– The founder of the company thinks that a good manager should yell at his employees, but someone should disabuse him of that notion.
– Monica has been leading Chandler on for so long, as his friend, that Joey decided to disabuse him of the belief that she actually cares for him.

Synonyms:

correct, set straight, undeceive

Antonyms:

delude, misinform

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Incur (verb)

Definition:

1.to experience something unpleasant; 2. to become burdened with something, such as a debt. Incur is often used in accounting or finance, as in “to incur late fees.” The related adjective incurred is used to describe something that has been sustained, also applicable to finances: “incurred expenses.”

Example Sentences:

– John had to incur penalty fees on his VAT payment, because he sent the payment in late.
– If our company doesn’t find a way to cut operating costs, we will incur significant losses. Currently the company incurs substantial storage costs, because there is too much inventory on hand.
– Louise incurred the wrath of her colleagues as a result of a negative comment she made about her colleagues work.

Synonyms:

sustain, encounter, experience

Antonyms:

avoid, elude, evade, escape

Pertinent (adjective)

Definition:

relevant to the matter at hand. The opposite of pertinent is NOT impertinent, but irrelevant. Impertinent means “rude,” while irrelevant means “unrelated.” Pertinent is slightly more descriptive than relevant, as pertinent refers to immediate, precise, and direct relevance. Pertinent is a great word for keeping a meeting focused: “During this meeting, let’s try to focus only on the issues most pertinent to this project.”

Example Sentences:

Synonyms:

relevant, germane, applicable

Antonyms:

irrelevant, unsuitable, unrelated

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Pious (adjective)

Definition:

1. showing religious reverence; 2. religious. Pious is derived from the Latin pius, which means “dutiful, devout.” Someone described as pious is devoutly religious. The related noun piety means “devotion” or “sanctity,” while impiety means “sacrilege” or “lack of reverence.” Use pious as a more sophisticated way of describing someone who is devoutly religious.

Example Sentences:

– Marcus father was a pious man who went to church every Sunday.
– The presidential candidate used to be known as a celebrity playboy but now styles himself as a pious, anti-poverty reformer.
– The company lowered wages and increased their profits, all while delivering pious lectures about how they’re giving women opportunities.
– The priest was frustrated with the man’s impiety and tried to change him.

Synonyms:

religious, reverent, spiritual, devout,

Antonyms:

agnostic, unholy, irreverent

Reprehensible (adjective)

Definition:

describes deplorable, highly unacceptable action, deserving severe rebuke. Reprehensible is a very strong word and is used to describe actions that are despicable and condemnable. A reprehensible act is one that, usually, cannot be forgiven.
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Contumacious (adjective)

Definition:

openly insubordinate and willfully obstinate–exhibiting stubborn rebelliousness. Continue reading

Flourish (verb)

Definition:

1. to grow in strength; 2. to grow in wealth; 3. to thrive and be healthy; 4. to move back and forth in a swinging motion Continue reading

Agog (adjective)

Definition:

Extremely excited or eager about something. Agog is a more complicated (and somewhat old-fashioned) way of saying “excited,” “eager,” or “enthusiastic.” Continue reading

Profusion (noun)

Definition:

1. a lavish or extravagant amount; 2. large quantity of something. The adjective form of profusion is profuse, which describes anything overflowing or copious. The adverb is profusely. Continue reading

Fixate (verb)

Definition:

1. to obsess or be preoccupied with something; 2. to focus or concentrate on something; 3. to center, secure, or stabilize something Continue reading

Soloist (noun)

Definition:

a performer, especially a musician, who performs alone Continue reading

Desecrate (verb)

Definition:

 to insult or damage something sacred, Desecrate originated in the 17th century, from de and consecrate, literally, “to make unholy.” Something may be desecrated by speech or action. Continue reading