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1. apposite

\AP-uh-zit\ , adjective;
Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.

The author gives the diagramed example, which is decidedly humorous though not entirely apposite.
-- Alan Truscott, "Bridge", New York Times, September 18, 1995
Apposite comes from Latin appositus, past participle of apponere, "to set or put near," from ad-, "to, toward" + ponere, "to put, to place."




2. lacuna

 \luh-KYOO-nuh\ , noun;
plural lacunae \luh-KYOO-nee\ or lacunas
A blank space; a missing part; a gap.


Like most other writers of his generation, he was a profoundly apolitical being, not from any lacuna in his education but as a matter of principle.
-- Walter Laqueur, "The Artist in Politics", New York Times, May 15, 1983

Lacuna is from the Latin lacuna, "a cavity, a hollow," from lacus, "a hollow."


3. prevaricate

 \prih-VAIR-uh-kayt\ , intransitive verb;
To depart from or evade the truth; to speak with equivocation.

The leadership's perennial obsession with secrecy led it to prevaricate about the extent of the disease in the capital for five months.
-- Roderick Macfarquhar, "Unhealthy Politics", Newsweek International, May 12, 2003

Prevaricate derives from the past participle of Latin praevaricari, "to pass in front of, or over, by straddling; to walk crookedly; to collude," from prae, "before, in front of" + varicare, "to straddle," fromvaricus, "straddling," from varus, "bent."



1. frangible

 \FRAN-juh-buhl\ , adjective;
Capable of being broken; brittle; fragile; easily broken.



She and her frangible heart.


Frangible ultimately derives from Latin frangere, "to break."



2. plenipotentiary

 \plen-uh-puh-TEN-shee-air-ee; -shuh-ree\ ,

Containing or conferring full power; invested with full power; as, "plenipotentiary license; plenipotentiary ministers."
A person invested with full power to transact any business; especially, an ambassador or diplomatic agent with full power to negotiate a treaty or to transact other business.




At that time, Egypt was our protectorate, which meant the High Commissioner was the plenipotentiary of George V and carried independent authority.
-- David Freeman, One of Us



Plenipotentiary derives from Latin plenus, "full" + potens, "powerful."



3. evince

\ih-VIN(T)S\ , transitive verb;
To show in a clear manner; to manifest; to make evident; to bring to light.




The study showed that girls were better prepared for class, had better attendance records, and evincedmore positive academic behavior overall.
-- Christina Hoff Sommers, The War Against Boys



Evince is from Latin evincere, "to conquer entirely, to prevail over, to prove irresistibly," from e- (here used intensively) + vincere, "to conquer."



1. machination

 \mack-uh-NAY-shuhn; mash-\ , noun;
The act of plotting.
A crafty scheme; a cunning design or plot intended to accomplish some usually evil end.

George was telling me how India could have been richer than the States and Kingdom combined, but for the machinations of the evil politicians people voted to power.
Machination derives from Latin machinatio, "a contrivance, a cunning device, a machination," frommachinari, "to contrive, to devise, especially to plot evil." It is related to machine, from Latin machina, "any artificial contrivance for performing work." To machinate is to devise a plot, or engage in plotting. One who machinates is a machinator.



2. verboten

 \ver-BOHT-n\ , adjective;
Forbidden, as by law; prohibited.
I'd observed several people taking photographs of these with their camera-phones, although a sign on a tripod just inside the door announced that all photography was verboten.
Verboten is from German, past participle of verbieten, to forbid, from Middle High German, which derives from Old High German farbiotan.



3. penchant

 \PEN-chunt\ , noun;
Inclination; decided taste; a strong liking.

Field, in his personal comportment, maintained apenchant for austerity, a contempt for frivolity, and a "steely cold" disdain for any decision not based on fundamental business principles.
-- Roland Marchand, Creating the Corporate Soul

Penchant comes from the present participle of French pencher, "to incline, to bend," from (assumed) Late Latin pendicare, "to lean," from Latin pendere, "to weigh."

1. venal

\VEE-nuhl\ , adjective;
Capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration; held for sale; salable; purchasable.

Capable of being corrupted.

Marked by or associated with bribery and corrupt dealings.

Yes everything is venal in this world, however sometimes you need to make right bids.

Venal comes from the Latin venalis, from venum, "sale." It is related to vendor and vending machine. Be careful not to confuse it with venial, "easily excused or forgiven."


2. obviate

  \OB-vee-ayt\ , transitive verb;
To prevent by interception; to anticipate and dispose of or make unnecessary.

M-36 the nuclear missile was designed only to obviate asteroids however devilish those may be.

On the positive side, a flood of cheap imports could help hold down inflation and obviate the need for higher interest rates.
-- Richard W. Stevenson and David E. Sanger, "Asian CrisisCould Wreak Havoc on Balance of Trade", New York Times, December 20, 1997

Obviate derives from Latin obviare, "to meet or encounter," from ob viam, "placed or coming in the way" (ob, "in front of"; via, "way").




3. mellifluous

  \muh-LIF-loo-us\ , adjective;
Flowing as with honey; smooth; flowing sweetly or smoothly; as, a mellifluous voice.

George's mellifluous voice had such a soothing sensation that it felt like honey to me, and I would never forget those lines.

Mellifluous comes from Latin mellifluus, from mel, (gen. mellis) "honey" + -fluus "flowing," from fluere "to flow."

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