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Word: malapropism

Definition: comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop


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::: forum - public square of an ancient Roman city; public place for open discussion; court of law
::: dilapidated - falling to pieces; in a bad condition; ruined because of neglect; Ex. dilapidated old car/castle; N. dilapidation
::: annuity - yearly allowance
::: despoil - plunder; sack; Ex. despoil the village
::: vicarious - experienced as if one were taking part in the experience of another; done by a deputy for other people; acting as a substitute; Ex. vicarious thrill at the movies; Ex. the vicarious sufferings of Christ
::: impregnate - make pregnant; fill thoroughly; saturate
::: refurbish - renovate; make clean, bright, or fresh (make new) again; make bright by polishing; Ex. refurbish an old theater; CF. furbish: polish
::: outcast - one that has been excluded from a society; ADJ.
::: quintessence - purest and highest embodiment; perfect example; apotheosis; most essential element; Ex. quintessence of wit; ADJ. quintessential; CF. fifth essence
::: implausible - unlikely (to be true); unbelievable; Ex. implausible alibi