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500 Words You Should Know (Part 6)

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61. Covetous

As given by the Old Testament Book of Exodus, three of the Ten Commandments enjoin us not to covet things belonging to our neighbour – it means to envy him for owning them and desire to own them ourselves. So if people disobey these commandments they become covetous themselves and probably cast covetous eyes on someone’s house, wife, male servant, female servant, ox or donkey. The Commandments make no specific mention of money, fast cars or 3D TVs, but it’s certainly possible to covet those, too.

62. Cupidinous

The Greek god of love was Eros, and words derived from his name, such as erotic, erotica and erogenous zones, are connected with love and sex. Eros’s Roman equivalent was Cupid and, despite the famously enamouring effects of Cupid’s arrows, cupidinous desires are likely to be for money or possessions rather than for anything more intimate.

63. Decrepit

Very old, worn down and creaky; used to describe a person, a building or possibly a philosophy or political policy that has outlived its usefulness. As the nineteenth-century poet Walter Savage Landor put it, ‘States, like men, have their growth, their manhood, their decrepitude, their decay.’ It’s time they were put out to grass is the subtext.

64. Denounce

To accuse publicly, to give information against. A serious word: you are likely to denounce someone as a traitor, a hypocrite or, at best, a fool.

65. Deprecate

To express disapproval, to criticize. It isn’t as public as to denounce. You could deprecate someone’s hypocrisy (or foolishness) in private. To depreciate is similar, but carries the implication that your criticism has reduced someone’s worth – it’s related to the depreciation that attacks the value of your new car. Self deprecation, however, is to undervalue yourself, often jokingly.

66. Derisory

An adjective applied to a very small amount, often, but not necessarily of, money. It’s connected with derision and is therefore such a small amount that it deserves to be laughed at. Derisive is another close relation and is usually  applied to something mocking or scornful. A derisive account of the pay negotiations, for example, might explain why staff received a derisory salary increase.

67. Desultory

Half-hearted, unmethodical, without really paying attention. Not generally used to describe a person, this is found in expressions such as in desultory manner or, memorably in a 1940s  detective novel by Georgette Heyer, the flirtation was a desultory affair, because one of the participants was worrying about the murder rather than paying attention to the girl who was attempting to flirt with him.

68. Diatribe

A forceful, bitter criticism; a rant. Opposition parties have been known to indulge in anti-government diatribes, and diatribes may also be aimed at anything from religious beliefs you don’t happen to share to fellow academics with whom you disagree on a minor point. Be warned: if you are indulging in a diatribe you are almost certainly getting carried away and may be close to losing your temper. It may be worth taking a moment to calm down.

69. Didactic

From the Greek for teaching, this means instructive, conveying a message (perhaps a political or moral one) or opinion. Although this concept was originally interpreted as being good for us, the modern meaning implies that the teaching is excessive, heavy-handed, not to be argued with: ‘I hate his didactic way of talking about wine, as if he were the only person who knew one grape from another.’

70. Disquisition

A disquisition may be spoken or written, but either way it is a long, formal and in-depth study of a subject. It’s likely to be learned, authoritative, possibly moralizing and probably just a bit boring.

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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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