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Meaning of impostor, respite, reprisal, hovel, scintilla, buffoon, aptitude, coalition, impropriety, candor

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Meaning of impostor (noun)
person who pretends to be someone else in order to deceive others; pretender; impersonator

Example
The nurse was an impostor who drugged the baby but was exposed after two days and sacked.

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Meaning of respite (noun)
rest period; temporary delay

Example
The workers talked and drank coffee during the respite.
The team was given a respite from the long practice schedule.

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Meaning of reprisal (noun)
injury inflicted in turn for one received; retaliation; revenge

Example
Informed sources in the Caribbean thought it likely that the political maneouvrings behind all this were by way of a reprisal for a report by Lord Avebury criticizing Forbes Burnham's ruling party for election-rigging.

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Meaning of hovel (noun)
dirty or wretched dwelling; hut; shack

Example
Watching Ranald drop a rafter on his head, Marion sneered at herself that these children, this filthy hovel were all that was left to her.

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Meaning of scintilla (noun)
trace; particle; spark; iota

Example
She described the exquisite pains of love when one day she could not rise from her bed because of the anguish from a scintilla of pure love that had pierced her heart.

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Meaning of buffoon (noun)
clown; joker; fool; ludicrous figure

Example
He regarded the chaplain as a buffoon though a dedicated buffoon.
Hitchcock sets an innocent woman against Charles Laughton's squire, a criminal buffoon, and a gang of smugglers, but there is never any real conflict, and the ending is almost comic.

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Meaning of aptitude (noun)
skill; talent; ability

Example
In view of the importance of language in education, the authors also suggest that the BPVT might be used to assess scholastic aptitude, although it seems unwise to rely solely on one test for this purpose.

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Meaning of coalition (noun)
alliance; merging of various units into one unit; union

Example
The Alliance campaign, with the differing emphasis posed by Liberals' David Steel, who was of the center-left, and the Social Democrat, David Owen, who contemplated a possible coalition with the Tories, was a disaster.
The result was that we were dangerously isolated with a strong coalition arrayed against us, but fortunately our opponents overplayed their hand.

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Meaning of impropriety (noun)
incorrectness; unsuitableness

Example
The medieval church was divided on the issue of whether there was impropriety in the mimetic representation of holy personages on stage.

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Meaning of candor (noun)
sincerity; honesty; openness

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I imagine his candor (a candor that effectively deflects prurient interest) will be a tremendous help to a lot of young people in India and elsewhere.

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