Friday, 8 June 2012

Lesson No. 46

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Undermine (verb)

Definition: Damage or weaken (someone or something), esp. gradually or insidiously / to make someone less confident, less powerful or less likely to succeed, or to make something weaker, often gradually / lessen the effectiveness, power, or ability of, especially gradually

Lesson No. 45

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Instigate (verb)

Definition: bring about or initiate (an action or event) / to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or course / to cause an event or situation to happen by making a set of actions or a formal process begin / provoke, stir up, induce, stimulate, encourage, initiate or start

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Lesson No. 44

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Insinuate (verb)

Definition: suggest or hint (something bad) in an indirect and unpleasant way / to suggest, without being direct, that something unpleasant is true / to express or otherwise convey (a thought, for example) in an indirect or insidious way / to maneuver or insert (oneself) into a place

Friday, 27 April 2012

Lesson No. 43

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Besmirch (verb)

Definition: damage (someone’s reputation) / to say bad things about someone to influence other people's opinion of them / to blacken or taint (as a person's reputation) by word or deed / make (something) dirty or discoloured

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Lesson No. 42

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Phantom (noun / adjective)

Definition: a ghost / a spirit of a dead person believed by some to visit the living as a pale, almost transparent form of a person, animal or other object / something existing in appearance only / something apparently unpleasant or horrific that has no material form  / not real, illusory, fictitious or dummy