Bengal Word of the Week
1. Resembling a precipice; extremely steep.
2. Having several precipices: The hikers avoided the trail through the precipitous areas of the park.
Marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol; also : reflecting such restraint <an abstemious diet>
1. Of, like, or befitting a churl; boorish or vulgar.
2. Having a bad disposition; surly: “He is as valiant as the lion, churlish as the bear” (William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida).
A lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language
1.To repeat in concise form: “Uninitiated readers can approach this bewitching new rogue’s tale as if nothing had happened. Whatever took place previously is recapitulated, now bathed in the warm light of memory”
2. To appear to repeat (the evolutionary stages of the species) during the embryonic development of the individual organism.
To make a summary: At the end of my presentation about the solar system, the teacher asked me to recapitulate
1.To recant solemnly; renounce or repudiate: “But this rough magic I here abjure” (William Shakespeare, The Tempest).
2. To renounce under oath; forswear:
To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: “What is the nature of the luxury which enervates and destroys nations?” (Henry David Thoreau, Walden)
Past participle and past tense—enervated
Third person singular present tense—enervates
Usage note: Sometimes people mistakenly use enervate to mean “to invigorate” or “to excite” by assuming that this word is a close cousin of energize. In fact, enervate means essentially the opposite. Enervate comes from the Latin nervus, “sinew,” and thus means “to cause to become ‘out of muscle,’” that is “to weaken or deplete of strength.” Enervate has no historical connection with energize.
1.To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.
2. To teach (others) by frequent instruction or repetition; indoctrinate: inculcate the young with a sense of duty.
Past participle and past tense—inculcated
Third person singular present tense—inculcates
1. Uniform in structure or composition.
2. Of the same or similar nature or kind.
3.Mathematics: Consisting of terms of the same degree or elements of the same dimension.
Past participle and past tense: oxidized
Present participle: oxidizing
Third person singular present tense: oxidizes
transitive 1. To combine with oxygen; make into an oxide: The metal fender had begun to oxidize, as evidenced by the large rust stains. 2. To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons. 3. To coat with oxide.
intransitive To become oxidized.
1. To proceed completely around: “The whale he had struck must also have been on its travels; no doubt it had thrice circumnavigated the globe” (Herman Melville, Moby-Dick).
2. To go around; circumvent: I circumnavigated the downtown traffic by taking side streets on the west side of town.