Corollary (noun)

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Definitions:
an inference that follows directly from the proof of another proposition. A practical consequence that follows naturally. something that results from something else.

Synonyms:
consequence, upshot

Examples:
– Blind jealousy is a frequent corollary of passionate love, Unfortunately, violence is the inevitable corollary of such a revolutionary change in society., One corollary of the attack was that no one trusted them thereafter

Incorrigible (adjective)

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Definitions:
(adjective) unmanageable and unable to be corrected or changed, especially through punishment

Synonyms:
hopeless, irredeemable, established, irreparable

Antonyms:
curable, civil, correctable

Examples:
Obedience school was supposed to correct his behavior, but the incorrigible puppy continued to chase cars and bark all day long., He was an incorrigible pessimist, always finding negative things to say., The incorrigible criminal was sentenced to life in prison., He was an incorrigible liar and could not seem to bring himself to tell the truth, no matter how many times he was caught and admonished for lying.

Tips:
Incorigible is derived from the the Latin in corrigere, “not correct.” Incorrigible is used to describe something or someone that is not able to be corrected. Use incorrigible to describe someone who can not change his or her bad habits, or in general, is hopeless of being corrected (like in the case of a life-long criminal). Corrigible means the opposite–“able to be fixed, corrected or set right.”

Deft (adjective)

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Definitions:
(adjective) skillful and quick

Synonyms:
nimble, quick, adroit, skillful

Antonyms:
clumsy

Examples:
Using tiny lasers, the surgeon deftly removed the small tumor from the surrounding healthy flesh., Susie’s deftness at caring for her patients made her their favorite nurse., My grandmother’s deft knitting skills always produced beautiful scarves and sweaters., She enjoys her job as a bartender because she’s deft at mixing cocktails and handling the customers.

Tips:
Deft means “skillful,” but also denotes being quick and adept. To do something deftly means “to do it skillfully.” Deft is synonymous with adroit and adept. All three words mean “skillful.” Adroit is mentally and physically skillful (almost posessing natural skill), while adept is skillful from experience. Deft is skillful plus clever and fast. Deft is an even greater compliment as it denotes skill and intelligence, as well as cleverness, speed, and control. The adverb form of deft, deftly, is used more commonly than the adjective. Adept would usually be a better option to describe a person with skill.

Stonewall (verb)

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Definitions:
(verb) 1. to create obstructions or refuse to cooperate, especially by avoiding answering questions or providing desired information 2.to create obstructions or employ delaying tactics, especially in order to hinder parliamentary business

Synonyms:
stymie, hold up.

Examples:
The President stonewalled when he realized the plot was being uncovered by a journalist, Nixon stonewalled the Watergate investigation, The interviewer accused the minister of stonewalling on the issue of tax increases., If you refuse to be interviewed, or stonewall and make it difficult for us to do our job, you might face punishment later.

Digress (verb)

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Definitions:
(verb) to move away from the central topic or line of argument in speaking or writing, usually temporarily.

Synonyms:
get off the subject, go off on a tangent

Examples:
I have digressed from the original plan, Talking about money now would be a digression from the main purpose of this meeting., The lecturer temporarily digressed from her subject to deal with a related theory., He digressed from his subject in order to criticize the accuracy of a newspaper story.

Piquant (adjective)

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Definitions:
(adjective) 1. interesting and provocative, especially in a striking way; 2. having a pleasantly pungent, spicy flavor

Synonyms:
biting

Antonyms:
bland

Examples:
She used a homemade, piquant barbecue sauce to marinade the chicken., The teacher had a piquant sense of humor that her students seemed to appreciate., The song went straight to the top of the charts, mainly because of its piquant lyrics., That piquant salsa was the spiciest thing I’ve had in a long time.

Tips:
Piquant is derived from the Old French piquer, which means “to prick, sting.” Think of a food that pricks your tongue in a pleasant way when you eat it, because it’s so full of flavor. Piquant describes something that stimulates (pricks, stings) the sense of taste. It can also describe anything that is stimulating or interesting to your other senses.

Retinue (noun)

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Definitions:
(noun) followers: a group of people who travel with and attend an important person

Synonyms:
entourage, company, staff, court, escort

Examples:
The President travels with a large retinue of aides and bodyguards., The quarterback and his retinue of admirers filled the hallway leading to the locker room, He jets around the country with a retinue of aides and attorneys.

Coterie (noun)

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Definitions:
(noun) an often exclusive circle of persons who associate for a special purpose

Synonyms:
gang

Examples:
The writers’ coterie was dumbfounded when one of their own suggested attending a professional wrestling match together., The sorority became the college freshman’s coterie of choice., I was admitted to the coterie after being sponsored by a friend who was already a member., The International Olympic Committee is a coterie of exclusive membership.

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The original Coterie was a fashionable and famous set of English aristocrats and intellectuals of the 1910s, popularly written about in magazines and newspapers of the period. Think, a place to hang your coat and be a part of a brotherhood.

Vet (verb)

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Definitions:
(verb) to subject somebody or something to a careful examination or scrutiny, especially when this involves determining suitability for something.

Synonyms:
check, scrutinize, inspect, examine, investigate

Examples:
All agencies must carefully vet new workers., Before we signed this contract, our lawyer vetted it., During the war, the government vetted all news reports before they were published., The bank carefully vets everyone who applies for an account.

Acerbic (adjective)

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Definitions:
(adjective) (esp. of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright

Synonyms:
sharp, sardonic, trenchant, sarcastic, mordant

Antonyms:
kind

Examples:
The letters show the acerbic wit for which Parker was both admired and feared., Frank hates his colleague’s acerbic wit, Lemon juice is acerbic., her acerbic remarks make her many enemies