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Meaning of poignant, oblique, mandatory, haughty, perilous, pliable, inclement, humane, plausible, grotesque

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

keen to the senses and emotions

Example
The poignant smell of skunk made everyone want to get out of the car as soon as possible.

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

indicated in an indirect way

Example
He mentioned in an oblique way that the man may want to rethink his course of action.

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

expected; required; describing a duty

Example
Serving in the army is mandatory in some countries.
It goes without saying that testing of the urine for glucose and ketones should be mandatory for all patients admitted with infarction and this should be continually charted for those found to be diabetic.

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Meaning of haughty (adjective)
forms: haughtier; haughtiest; less haughty; least haughty

arrogant; overly proud

Example
He was haughty about his minor achievements which earned him no friends.

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

describing a high level of danger

Example
The path was quite perilous, the loose soil could send you to your death easily.

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

movable; flexible

Example
The pliable clay was great for sculpture art.
Linen, when new, had a certain quantity of starch applied, thereby making it slightly stiff whilst remaining pliable; wrapped in such material a body would be given a neat, crisp appearance and presentable for viewing, the shroud being drawn away from the features for this purpose.

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

rough (e.g. weather); harsh

Example
People couldn't wait for the end of the inclement weather.

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

merciful

Example
Doctors are said to be a very humane breed of humanity.
The government has provided the resources in the way of the allowance and in the way of an administrative service; voluntary effort has controlled the plan and the policy, including the detailed negotiations with manufacturers, bankers, insurance companies and the like, and all these bodies have made a generous contribution to a humane cause of powerful appeal.

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

seeming to be the truth; apparently true

Example
Since he had a plausible excuse, his wife did not get mad for his being late for the party.
The government gave a series of reasons for its decision, some of them more plausible than others; but the main aim seemed to be to acquire cash or foreign credit for the rehabilitation of its industries.

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

distorted in appearance; hideous

Example
The image of the traffic accident was quite grotesque to the passers by.
She looked grotesque, a little ridiculous, with thin clumps of hair sticking out of her mouth as if she was munching.

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