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Meaning of boorish, arid, ponderous, blandishment, antithesis, adverse, sanguine, promulgate, fictitious, meander

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Meaning of boorish (adjective)
unrefined in speech or manners; loutish; ill-bred; uncivilized; coarse

Example
With the exception of the boorish bleachers at Yankee Stadium, baseball crowds retain an innocence reminiscent of county cricket before the beer-tent raucousness of the one-day game became fashionable.

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Meaning of arid (adjective)
extremely dry; parched; barren; unimaginative

Example
The terrain was so arid that not one species of plant could survive.
Their thirst became worse due to the arid condition of the desert.

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Meaning of ponderous (adjective)
unwieldy from weight; dull; labored; heavy; awkward

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The ponderous piano posed a serious challenge to having it pulled up to the 16th floor.
As if being grainy wasn't bad enough, the film's ponderous story made it tough to get through.

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Meaning of blandishment (noun)
flattering speech or act; persuasion

Example
Edward came to Corfe from a hunt, and while his attendants were seeing to the dogs she allured him to her with female blandishment and made him lean forward.

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Meaning of antithesis (noun)
contrast; direct opposite

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I do not mean being reactionary, simply going back to a past state of affairs, I mean reaction as the antithesis of action.
It was the community in its purest form, the antithesis to the divisive individualism of capitalism.

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Meaning of adverse (adjective)
negative; hostile; antagonistic; inimical

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Contrary to the expectations of the ski resort manager, warm weather generated adverse conditions for a profitable weekend.

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Meaning of sanguine (adjective)
optimistic; cheerful; red; confident

Example
Even when victory seemed impossible, the general remained sanguine.
The dress was sanguine with a bright green border stripe.
For example, Balanchine in his Four Temperaments (with music by Hindemith) describes the moods of a melancholic, sanguine, phlegmatic and choleric man or woman.

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Meaning of promulgate (verb)
to publish; to spread abroad; to declare; to advertise widely

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Accordingly the research agencies within these ministries were brought together in 1981 to attempt an inter-disciplinary research program and to promulgate the results.

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Meaning of fictitious (adjective)
unreal; made-up; false

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The unitary monarchy, though itself (as I have argued) fictitious, on which the Statute of Westminster had insisted in 1931, had now vanished.

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Meaning of meander (adjective)
winding; wandering aimlessly

Example
Within this encircling road, lie a series of superb brown trout and sea-trout lochs: Scadavay, with shores that meander round the moor for a distance of more than fifty miles; full of fishy points and promontories, reputed to contain 365 islands.
Because we took a long, meandering walk, we arrived home well after dark.

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