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Meaning of complacent, abhorrence, paltry, humble, simultaneous, discern, heedless, divulge, defame, singular

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Meaning of complacent (adjective)
forms: more complacent; most complacent; less complacent; least complacent

satisfied with oneself

Example
The man was complacent when it came to his job.
I think it's really quite heartening to see so many aspects that the City Council are already taking notice of, and really are already putting it into their policies to view the environment as something precious, something we've got to look after, but you're warning us not to be too complacent aren't you?

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Meaning of abhorrence (noun)
form: no plural

horror; disgust

Example
It was strange, but the thought of her sister marrying one of those terrible Feltons no longer filled her with abhorrence; far better that than bring a child into the world that wasn't wanted and whom her mother had already thrown off for adoption.

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Meaning of paltry (adjective)
forms: paltry; more paltry; most paltry; less paltry; least paltry

insignificant; referring to a small amount

Example
He looked in his satchel and saw what food he had was in paltry amounts.
Despite the huge number of potential customers (just short of a million) and the fact that all copies of Gudok were delivered free on the railways, the circulation was a paltry 30,000 in June.

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Meaning of humble (adjective)
forms: more humble; most humble; less humble; least humble

modest; meek

Example
She was humble when complimented on her achievements.
Since its humble beginnings as a photocopier distributor working out of a garage, the company expanded rapidly and diversified into computers and telecommunications, accumulating 16 subsidiaries and spawning foreign subsidiaries in Poland, Bulgaria and the Czech and Slovak Republics in the process.

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Meaning of simultaneous (adjective)
taking place at the same time

Example
Lightning and the crash of thunder seems simultaneous but is not.
A simultaneous thinning and shrinking of the sea ice lessens its albedo, or reflectivity, thereby allowing the oceans to absorb more heat from the sun.

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Meaning of discern (verb)
forms: discerned; discerning; discerns

to make out clearly (e.g. a pattern)

Example
It is sometimes hard to discern why people do what they do.
As they stood there looking east they were able to discern a small buzzing winged shape heading towards them over the immense Capability Brown park.

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Meaning of heedless (adjective)
forms: more heedless; most heedless; less heedless; least heedless

thoughtless; paying little attention

Example
He was heedless at the best of times.
She clutched his arm at one point, bringing him to a halt in the middle of the pavement, heedless of the passers-by as she pointed to a tall column at the end of the street.

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Meaning of divulge (verb)
forms: divulged; divulging; divulges

to reveal

Example
He couldn't make the man divulge any more information.
Our manager replied that it was not company policy to divulge personal details of employees and that if she wanted to take it further, she should write in.

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Meaning of defame (verb)
forms: defamed; defaming; defames

to attack a name or reputation through libel or slanderous acts

Example
He tried to defame the family's name.
I think that a case might arise in which the reputation of a local authority might be damaged, so as to impair its function for the public good, in which no private individual was defamed; and in which the public interest would be served by the taking of proceedings for libel by the local authority in order to determine the falsity of the charge.

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Meaning of singular (adjective)
forms: singular; more singular; most singular; less singular; least singular

hard to believe; strange; remarkable

Example
His singular take on the issue left no room for discussion.
In his social criticism Eliot assumes an idea of England which never existed and proposes an England which could not exist: in the same way, his own vision of the world was too singular for him to be able to invest his social dramas with the emblematic or representative significance to which he aspired.

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