CHAPTER 6

SANGFROID (OR APLOMB OR EQUANIMITY) (Noun)

Meaning- the ability to stay calm and polite in a dangerous or stressful situation.

Synonym- COMPOSURE, PLACIDITY, TRANQUILLITY

Uses-

  • I was amazed at how he retained his sangfroid throughout the discussion.
  • They committed the robbery with complete sangfroid.
  • Despite the workload, I managed to maintain my sangfroid and to provide composure, solid leadership, and support to my staff.
  • Nothing could disturb his sangfroid.

 

APOCRYPHAL (Adj.)

Meaning- Of questionable authenticity; false.

Uses-

  • I am sorry, but this putative letter from George Washington that you found at a garage sale is clearly apocryphal.
  • When Fay’s friend said that he believed in the Bible, she wasn’t sure if he meant the apocryphal writings, too.
  • The literature professor said that, in his opinion, most “rags-to-riches” stories turn out to be apocryphal.

      

APOSTATE (OR DESERTER OR RENEGADE) (Noun)

Meaning- 1) a person whose beliefs have changed and who no longer belongs to a religious or political group.

Synonym- DEFECTOR, RECREANT

Uses-

  • An apostate from one political party later became one of its harshest critics.
  • Social renegades gave rise to revolution against the government.
  • These renegades have rebelled against and rejected heaven, so they must, in turn, be denied life.
  • The honest man must be a perpetual renegade, the life of an honest man a perpetual infidelity. For the man who wishes to remain faithful must take himself perpetually unfaithful to all the continual, successive, indefatigable errors.

          

PARAGON (OR EPITOME OR APOTHEOSIS) (Noun)

Meaning- 1) A perfect example.

2) A person or thing that is perfect or excellent in some way and should be considered a model or example to be copied.

Synonym- PARADIGM, PROTOTYPE, QUINTESSENCE

Uses-

  • Mahatma Gandhi was a paragon of virtue.
  • I make no claim to be a paragon.
  • A selfless desire to help others is the paragon of the virtue of charity.
  • Dawood Ibrahim was a paragon of vice.

                               

APPRAISE (Verb)

Meaning- 1) to place a value on.

2) to judge the worth of something or to say how much something is worth after you have carefully examined.

Synonym- ESTIMATE

Uses-

  • The ring must be appraised by a jeweler before it can be insured.
  • What is the property’ s appraised value?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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