CHAPTER 10

BEDIZEN (Verb)

Meaning- 1) To dress or decorate heavily.

2) to dress or decorate someone or something in a way that seems exaggeratedly vulgarly or showy.

Synonym- FANCY UP

Uses-

  • An elderly actor bedizening himself with makeup and jewelry.

                                 

BEGUILE (Verb)

Meaning- 1) To trick or deceive (someone).

2) To attract or interest other people in something.

Synonym- ALLURE, ENTICE, CAPTIVATE, MAGNETIZE, HOODWINK

Uses-

  • Jenelle was beguiled into thinking that she could become a famous actress.
  • The salesman was cunning enough to beguile his customers into believing all of the claims that he made regarding the new car.
  • The singer beguiled the audience with his smooth performance.

 

BELIE (Verb)

Meaning- Contradict or misrepresent.

Uses-

  • The data belie the accepted theory-either we have made a mistake or we have an amazing new discovery on our hands!
  • After Fidel explained why he was late to work, he was told that his boss knew that he belied his story.
  • The actress’ s public persona as an enthusiastic “girl next door” belied her private penchant for abusing her assistants and demanding that her trailer be filled with ridiculous luxury goods.
  • The speaker’s smile belied his anger at the critical comments made by the man in the audience.

 

DENIGRATE (OR DEPRECATE OR BELITTLE OR DISPARAGE) (Verb)

Meaning- to say critical and often unfair things about (someone) or to describe someone as little or unimportant.

Synonym- DECRY, DEFAME

Uses-

  • You should n’ t denigrate people just because they have different beliefs from you.
  • He was accused of denigrating other’ s religion.
  • They are promulgating his mistakes to denigrate him.
  • The article denigrated polo as a game for the wealthy.

    

PUGNACIOUS (OR BELLICOSE OR BELLIGERENT) (Adj.)

Meaning- Showing a desire to fight or argue.

Synonym- CONTENTIOUS, ARGUMENTATIVE, TRUCULENT

Explanation- Words like pugnacious, bellicose, belligerent are generally used for those people who show a desire to fight and words like contentious, argumentative and truculent are used for those people who are quick to argue.

Uses-

  • Michael was behaving in a pugnacious way when I asked him to do some household work.
  • They are restless, courageous and pugnacious little animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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