Meaning: goods that have been imported or exported illegally.
Synonym: smuggled, black-market, bootleg
Sentence: “customs men had searched the carriages for contraband”
Meaning: a device controlling the flow of fuel or power to an engine.
Synonym: choke, strangle, strangulate,
Sentence: “the engines were at full throttle”
“it has two engines that can be throttled”
Meaning: a large, densely packed crowd of people or animals.
Synonym: host, mob, assemblage, gathering, congregation,
Sentence: “he pushed his way through the throng”
Meaning: 1.a jeweled ornamental band worn on the front of a woman’s hair.
2.a high diadem encircled with three crowns and worn by a pope.
Synonym: headband, headdress, chaplet
Sentence: she brought me up to royalties, and people with stars and garters, and elderly ladies with gigantic tiaras and parrot noses.
Meaning: a future event or circumstance which is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty.
Synonym: incident, happening, occurrence, juncture, possibility,
Sentence: “a detailed contract which attempts to provide for all possible contingencies”
Meaning: the quality of using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully
Synonym: frugality, parsimony, careful budgeting, economy, economizing, saving,
Sentence: “the values of thrift and self-reliance”
Meaning: a book that lists words in groups of synonyms and related concepts.
Synonym: word finder, wordbook
Sentence: The results were compared with Vega’s Thesaurus (1794) before publication.
Meaning: relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero.
Synonym: dishonest, dishonorable
Sentence: “a picaresque adventure novel”
Meaning: (of a person) having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition., not easily upset, excited, or angered
Synonym: composed; imperturbable,
Antonym: histrionic, hot-blooded, impassioned,
Sentence: “the phlegmatic British character”
a strangely phlegmatic response to what should have been happy news
Meaning: the branch of knowledge that deals with the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or languages.
Sentence: See Whitney’s article Philology in the present edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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