Egregious Mnemonic Dictionary Video | 5+ egregious sentences

Egregious Mnemonic

Tagline A two faced egg and a word   Mnemonic Video   Mnemonic Dictionary   Mnemonic – egg religious but extremely bad   Word – Egregious   Meaning – extremely bad   Part of Speech – adjective   Synonyms – heinous, deplorable, atrocious   Antonyms – slight, insignificant   Egregious Sentences 1   It seemed that he was being … Read more

Limn Meaning | Limn Mnemonic

Limn Mnemonic

  Limn Synonyms: depict, describe, portray Limn Sentence: The artist had limned a beautiful picture of the hills.     Under The Lens: Limn Etymology Limn comes from luminen (to illuminate manuscripts). Although initially it meant the same in English, now this meaning of limn has become obsolete. In modern usage limn means to represent … Read more

Hermetic meaning | Hermetic Mnemonic

Hermetic Meaning

  Hermetic Synonyms: airtight Hermetic Sentence: Certain food items are kept in hermetic containers to prevent the formation of germs or bacteria.     Under The Lens: Hermetic Etymology The legendary patron of alchemy Hermes Trismegistos supposedly invented the process of making a glass tube airtight using a secret seal. Thus hermetic means ‘sealed airtight’. … Read more

Kudos Meaning | Kudos Mnemonic

Kudos Mnemonic

  Kudos Synonyms: praise, acclaim Kudos Sentence: Natalie Portman’s performance in The Black Swan received kudos from public and critics alike.     Under The Lens: Kudos Etymology The word Kudos comes from Greek kydos (glory, fame). It entered the English vocabulary in the nineteenth century as a singular noun. It was initially used only … Read more

Ostracize Meaning

Mnemonic Video Dictionary / Ostracize Meaning


Ostracize Synonyms: blackball, boycott

Ostracize Sentence: When her father was convicted for felony, her friends ostracized her instead of supporting her.


Under The Lens: Ostracize History

In ancient Greece there was a practice where certain people were temporarily banished by popular vote. The procedure was that people wrote the name of the person they wanted to be banished on pottery shreds or ostraka. The person who got maximum votes was banished provided he received more than 6000 votes. He was given 10 days to leave and if he returned the penalty was death.

The word ostracize comes from ostraka or pottery shreds that were used in voting. Ostracize means to banish from one’s native place. Though ostracize still retains its original meaning, in modern English it is more often used to describe informal exclusion from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.



Heartrending Meaning

Heartrending Meaning


Heartrending Synonyms: depressing, grievous, heartbreaking

Heartrending Sentence: The condition of the poor people in this city is heartrending.

Under The Lens: Heartrending Etymology

The word originated somewhere in the 1680s. Rend means to tear apart or cut violently into pieces. So heartrending describes something which tears your heart apart or causes you to feel great sympathy.



Unkempt Meaning

Unkempt Meaning


Unkempt Synonyms: untidy, neglected

Unkempt Sentence: The unkempt garden indicated that probably no one was living in that house.

Under The Lens: Unkempt Etymology

Unkempt comes from un-(not) + kempt (well combed, neat). Hence unkempt means not combed. Ex – Unkempt hair.

Its meaning has been extended and it also means not properly maintained or uncared for, as you learned in the video. Unkempt can also be used to describe something untidy, messy, unpolished or disorderly.



Necromancy Meaning

Necromancy Meaning


Necromancy Synonyms: sorcery, witchcraft

Necromancy Sentence: People are always interested in knowing about their future and necromancy is one of the ways to do it according to some sorcerers.

Under The Lens: Necromancy Etymology

Necromancy comes from the Greek nekros (dead body) manteia (prophesy). Necromancy as you know is communication with the dead in order to foretell the future or disclose hidden events. During ancient times, there are records of practice of necromancy in Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The earliest literary account of necromancy is found in Homer’s Odyssey.

There are various mentions of necromancy in novels, television, films and even games.