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Meaning of specious, proverbial, pensive, connotative, embellish, awry, facetious, ethereal, exemplary, assiduous

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Meaning of specious (adjective)
plausible, but deceptive; apparently, but not actually true; superficially attractive

Example
The jury forewoman said the jury saw through the defense lawyer's specious argument and convicted his client on the weight of the evidence.
I was unsure of the meaning of the specious statement.

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Meaning of proverbial (adjective)
well-known because it is commonly referred to; similar to an adage

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King Solomon's proverbial wisdom has been admired through the ages.

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Meaning of pensive (adjective)
thoughtful; contemplative; meditative; musing

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She was in a pensive mood, just wanting to be alone to think.
My hours alone are often more pensive than the time I spend with friends.
The pensive mood was broken by a witty joke.

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Meaning of connotative (adjective)
containing associated meanings in addition to the primary one; hinting; implicational; suggestive

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Along with the primary meaning of the word, there were two connotative meanings.
The connotative meaning of their music was spelled out in the video.

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Meaning of embellish (verb)
to improve by adding details; to adorn; to decorate; to beautify

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Adding beads to a garment will embellish it.

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Meaning of awry (adjective)
crooked; uneven; unsound; twisted

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From that day he abode at the court, wearing, with a face awry at the fineness of them, such clothes as were provided for him, and eating delicate foods.

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Meaning of facetious (adjective)
joking in an awkward or improper manner; entertaining amusing

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His facetious sarcasm was inappropriate during his first staff meeting.

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Meaning of ethereal (adjective)
very light; airy; heavenly; not earthly; delicate

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The ethereal quality of the music had a hypnotic effect.
The dancer wore an ethereal outfit which made her look like an angel.

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Meaning of exemplary (adjective)
outstanding; praiseworthy; serving as a model

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The honor student's exemplary behavior made him a role model to the younger children.
Employees of the month are chosen for their exemplary service to the firm.

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Meaning of assiduous (adjective)
carefully attentive; diligent; persistent; hard-working

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It is necessary to be assiduous if a person wishes to make the most of his time at work.
He enjoys having assiduous employees because he can explain a procedure once and have it performed correctly every time.

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