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500 Words You Should Know (Part 4)

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41. Amoral

This is often wrongly used as a synonym for immoral, but the distinction is worth preserving. The immoral person ignores morals, goes against accepted rules; the amoral one doesn’t consider the rules relevant or even recognize that they exist. Some aspects of science, for instance, might be considered amoral, because they seek to push back the frontiers of understanding without regard for the consequences; but only an immoral scientist would use his knowledge to detonate remote-controlled bombs in public places.

42. Animadversion

A strong criticism, a carefully considered but disparaging remark: ‘Her animadversions on the male sex in general suggested she was angry with one man in particular.’ The verb is to animadvert: ‘He was always animadverting on the ills of capitalist society.’ Both come from Latin words meaning ‘to turn the mind against’.

43. Antediluvian

Dating from before the Flood (the one with Noah’s ark in it) and therefore very old or old fashioned: ‘My mother’s antediluvian attitudes meant I was never allowed any stylish clothes.’

44. Asperity

Sharpness or harshness, especially in your manner of speaking: “That is not a suitable topic of conversation for the dinner table,” she said with some asperity.’

45. Atavistic

Used of an action or a development that occurred in the times of our remote ancestors and hasn’t been repeated in the intervening generations. It’s much used by botanists and anthropologists, but can also be applied more casually – ‘Climbing the nearest tree was an atavistic response to the threat of being chased by wolves’ – or as an alternative to outdated: ‘The atavistic nationalism that led to two world wars has no place in twenty-first-century politics.’

46. Authoritarian

Having authority, but enforcing it tyrannically, in a ‘you will do what I say’ fashion. Not to be confused with authoritative, which means having authority in a reliable way. An authoritative figure commands respect through strength of personality; an authoritarian one gets his way through bullying.

47. Bellwether

A wether is a ram, often the leader of a flock and distinguished by the fact that he wears a bell. The rest of the sheep tend to follow him blindly, as sheep do. The same applies to a non-ovine bellwether, which might mean the (human) leader of a group whose followers don’t bother to think about what they are following, or an inanimate trend that lures people in its wake: ‘The bellwether of fashion insists that skirt lengths change every season.’ But this use is rarer than it once was: a bellwether is now more commonly an indication of a trend, as in ‘The graduates’ poor performance in the job market is a worrying bellwether of declining standards in the college.’

48. Blatant

Glaringly and offensively conspicuous: a blatant attempt to cheat at exams or a blatant forgery has no claim to subtlety. Quiz fact: the word was first used by the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser; his epic poem The Faerie Queene contains a character called the Blatant Beast who personifies the evil caused in the world by envy and scandalmongering. Why Spenser chose that particular word and where it comes from, no one seems to be sure.

49. Bombastic

It’s tempting to assume this means ‘likely to explode at any moment’, but in fact bombast is an old word for ‘a material used for padding’ and the adjective now describes pompous or extravagant speech or language: the bombastic style of your letter or a bombastic approach to lecturing could both do with being toned down.

50. Boorish

A boor is a clumsy, insensitive person, usually a man, and his manners are likely to be boorish. This can cover anything from not saying please or thank you, to elbowing his way to the buffet table and grabbing all the chocolate chip cookies before anyone else. Boorish behaviour need not take place in public – it could be as simple as changing the television station in the middle of a show someone else is watching – but it’s highly undesirable whenever it happens 

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500 Words You Should Know (Part 7)

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71. Draconian

Draco was an Ancient Athenian politician who introduced a code of laws according to which a startling number of crimes were punishable by death. The adjective derived from his name therefore means exceedingly strict, severe. It’s most often used to describe such things as discipline, punishment, rules and regulations, but if a person whose views on these things were harsh they could be accused of having draconian attitudes, or indeed of being draconian himself.

72. Effrontery

Cheek, insolence, as in ‘He had the effrontery to say I never give him anything after I paid for his whole family to go on holiday last year’. Not to be confused with affronted, meaning offended, which is how the person uttering that last complaint might feel. 

73. Enormity

A commonly misused word, this does not mean enormousness. It means appallingness, great wickedness, ‘He seemed not to realize the enormity of his crime’ means he didn’t acknowledge he had done something dreadful, but not necessarily that he had wiped out an entire city.

74. Ersatz

From the German for ‘replacement’ this is an adjective describing an inferior imitation of something more valuable or attractive: ‘It was one of those twee little hotels with ersatz Victorian furniture’ or ‘Ersatz lemon meringue pie, made with some awful artificial lemon substitute.’

75. Etiolated

In the plant world, this describes a green plant that has gone pale through lack of sunlight; in human terms it means pale and weak: ‘His skin had that etiolated look of a video-game player who has spent his youth on his game console’.

76. Excoriate

This means literally to take the skin off, so metaphorically to flay someone alive, to criticize very severely. A critic might, for example, write an excoriating review of a film or play he loathed, while an angry politician might make an excoriating criticism of government policy.

77. Extravaganza

An Italian word, this time related to extravagance and meaning a very showy and elaborate performance, the sort of thing that might have been put on by Hollywood director Busby Berkeley. Special effects, fancy costumes, fireworks – you name it, an extravaganza has it. Expense is no object and taste is rarely a consideration.

78. Facile

An extract from the Atlantic Monthly dated 1900 gives a particularly damning use of this word: “The English drawing master did not teach art, but facile tricks of the brush.’ Facile comes from the Latin for easy and did once mean just that. In  modern usage, however, it has the added sense of being just a bit too easy and thus having little value: a facile victory is more or less a walkover; a facile remark is a glib one, easy to make but not requiring much thought.

79. Fallacious

In logic a fallacy is an error of reasoning that produces a misleading conclusion; fallacious therefore means illogical, misleading, as in a fallacious argument or a fallacious news report. It’s also worth being aware of what philosophers call the fallacy of many questions, of which ‘When did you stop beating your wife?’ is the most frequently given example. It means that the question presupposes something that may be false, but you can’t answer it without acknowledging the accusation. Lose-lose. 

80. Fastidious

This means picky, critical, hard to please and the Latin roots conjure up its connotations beautifully: they are the words for pride and weariness (the second part of fastidious is related to tedious and tedium). So the fastidious person looks down on something as being beneath her and manages to be bored with it at the same time. You might pick fastidiously at your food if it didn’t appeal to you or lift your trouser legs fastidiously so as not to get them wet on a rainy day. 

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Here are some awesome Ariana Grande quotes which I have edited and put together for you. I aim to add more quotes to this page as time goes on so do make sure you keep checking back. Hope you Enjoy the ones I have added so far! 🙂

1. You should never stop believing in something, and you shouldn't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.

2. There's too many people telling you that you're not good enough, but you are good enough.

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3. There's always tomorrow and it always gets better.

4. The thrill of not knowing what's going to happen, trained me to be prepared for anything.

5. When you feel your best, everybody else can feel it too.

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6. I think it's so important for girls to love themselves and to treat their bodies respectfully.

7. I don't feel much pressure to fit in. I never have. I've always just wanted to do my thing. And if I don't fit in somewhere else, I fit in at home.

8. Gotta find a way to break the spell to get the hell away from those who block my vision.

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9. Don't ever doubt yourselves or waste a second of your life. It's too short, and you're too special.

10. If you're passionate about something then it will definitely work out for you.

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11. sometimes, people can be extraordinarily judgmental and closed-minded to anyone different or special.

12. Don't need permission, made my decision to test my limits

13. On a scale of one to ten, I'm at 100.

14. I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it

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15. The best fashion advice I'd say would be just to do what makes you comfortable and what makes you feel cute, and that's how you're gonna look your best

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16. Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are.

17. When you're handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?

18. You can work your way to the top. Just know that there's ups and downs and there's drops. Unfollow fear and just say "you are blocked". Just know there is so much room at the top.

19. Every time you're faced with something ugly, focus on something beautiful. What you focus on expands. Only you can change your reality.

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300 Pink Quotes For Girls Success Inspiration (Part 1)

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Being a girl myself I can definitely say that these quotes have made a huge difference to my life, especially the way that I think about success which has inspired me greatly. I hope it does the same for you too. Hope you enjoy these quotes

1. Whatever you are, be a good one.

2. In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

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3. You were put on this Earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.

4. You deserve to have happiness that flows freely from you

5. Be a champion who gets up even when you can't

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6. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why

7. You deserve the best for putting up with the worst.

8. It's hard to stay motivated when you don't know exactly what you're doing or where you're going

9. Give up on being perfect and start working on becoming yourself.

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10. Don't give up... keep it up... keep going... you can make it happen.

11. Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.

12. Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.

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13. Strive to get all the things that will create your happiness

14. If someone makes you happy, make them happier

15. Beautiful faces, good shaped bodies and bad hearts are so mainstream.

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16. You gotta build yourself so strong that nobody can trash you down or make you look bad

17. No matter how unhappy you are, know that good days will come and you will be happy. Your happiness matters.

18. Never let fear decide the future.

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