Myriad Meaning

Myriad Meaning


Myriad Synonyms: innumerable, countless

Myriad Sentence: Myriad of birds sailing through the sky is a beautiful sight.

Under The Lens: Myriad Etymology

Myriad is a classical Greek word for the number 10,000. It is still sometimes used to represent ten thousand. Ex – This stadium has a capacity of eight myriads. However in modern English the word myriad usually refers to an unspecified large quantity. In this way it can be used as either a noun or an adjective.

Merriam-Webster notes, “Recent criticism of the use of myriad as a noun, both in the plural form myriads and in the phrase a myriad of, seems to reflect a mistaken belief that the word was originally and is still properly only an adjective…. however, the noun is in fact the older form, dating to the 16th century”.



Palliate Meaning

Palliate Meaning


Palliate Synonyms: mitigate, alleviate

Palliate Sentence: The medicine I had a while ago palliated the pain but it has resurfaced once again.

Under The Lens: Palliate Etymology and Usage

Palliate comes from Latin palliare(cover with a cloak, conceal). Palliate means to mitigate or conceal the gravity of an offense by excuses, apologies etc. It is usually used in the sense of representing an evil as less important than it actually is.

Palliate also means to relieve or lessen without curing as we learned in the video. It usually refers to pain or a disease but can also refer to other situations. Ex – palliate hunger, palliate poverty.



Volition Meaning

Volition Meaning


Volition Synonyms: will, discretion

Volition Sentence: Bourne, you joined this program of your own volition.

Under The Lens: Volition Etymology

Volition comes from the Latin root volo (to wish). Other common words from the root are volunteer, voluntary etc. As you know each of these words is related to expressing will or wish.

Other words from this root are benevolent and malevolent. Bene means good and hence a benevolent person wishes good or well. Mal means bad and hence a malevolent person wishes bad or evil. Learn more about the roots bene and mal in our movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.



Bemused Mnemonic Dictionary Video | 5+ bemused sentences

Bemused Meaning | Mnemonic Video Dictionary


A bee loses its way and helps you find yours to a word

Mnemonic Video

Mnemonic Dictionary


Mnemonic – Bee must be confused


Word – bemused


Meaning – confused


Part of Speech – adjective


Synonyms – puzzled, bewildered, absent minded 


Antonyms – cleared up, explained, enlightened 


Bemused sentences

1   He seemed lost in the presence of her beauty; always bemused and never in complete control.

2   The innocence of a child would always bemuse the adults.

3   The bemused look on his face angered the people who assumed that he was making fun of them.

4   The player and fans were left in bemusement when the coach decided to rest him in the crucial game.

5   Agatha Christie wrote in plain language; she preferred to bemuse the readers with her plot rather than any word play.

6   The audience was bemused when the magician entered the stage from four different directions.


Under The Lens – Bemuse Etymology

Bemuse and amuse both come from muse (to be absorbed in thought) Amuse initially meant to divert the attention in order to mislead but now means entertain. Bemused still can mean lost in thought or preoccupied but it is more often used as a synonym of confused or puzzled.


Paucity Meaning | Paucity Mnemonic

Paucity Meaning


Synonyms: scarcity, dearth

Sentence: The king lost the battle because of paucity of soldiers in his army.

Under The Lens: Paucity Etymology

Paucity comes from the Latin root paucus (few, little). Paucity means scarcity or fewness. From the same root we get the word pauper which means a very poor person or someone who has little or no means to support himself.


Quiescent Meaning | Quiescent Mnemonic

Quiescent meaning


Synonyms: inactive, motionless, dormant

Quiescent Sentence: I love the quiescent surroundings of this village.

Under The Lens: Quiescent Etymology

Quiescent comes from the Latin root quies which means – rest, quiet. The most common word from the root is of course quiet. Some of the other words derived from the root are acquiescence and tranquil.

Acquiescence means to consent quietly or without protest. It is usually negative in tone and suggests submissive behaviour. Tranquil means peaceful, quiet or calm.


Hybrid Meaning | Hybrid Mnemonic

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Synonyms: mongrel, mixed breed

Hybrid Sentence: The centaur, which is a hybrid of a man and a horse, is a creature in Greek mythology.

Under The Lens: Hybrid word etymology

A hybrid word is etymologically derived from two different languages. Most hybrid words in English are derived from Latin and Greek roots. Here are a couple of examples of hybrid words.

Automobile from Greek autos(self) and Latin mobilis(moveable)

Hyperactive from Greek hyper(over) and Latin activus(active)




Beeline & Aquiline

Beeline and Aquiline

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Beeline and aquiline etymology

The word beeline is beleived to be originated from the beleif that the nectar-laden bees return to their hives in a straight line. The word is famously used in a phrase “make a beeline for it”; meaning to go directly towards. When a bee finds nectar it returns to the hive and communicates its location to the other bees. The other bees are then able to directly to the source of nectar, i.e ‘make a beeline for it”
The word Aquiline is derived from the latin word aquilinus meaning “of or like an eagle”. Aquila is the latin name for eagle, and it represents the bird who carried Zeus’s/Jupiter’s thunderbolts in Greco-Roman mythology.


Purge Meaning | Purge Mnemonic


Synonyms: dispose, cleanse

Purge Sentence: You will have to purge your guilt to forgive yourself and move forward in life.


Under The Lens: Purge Etymology

Purge comes from Latin purus which means – clean, chaste and agere which means ‘to make’. So etymologically purge means to make clean or pure. Purus is, in fact, the root from which we get the commonly used word pure.


Nauseate Meaning | Nauseate Mnemonic

Nauseate meaning


Synonyms: disgust, sicken

Nauseate Sentence: She felt nauseated when she saw the butcher cut meat.

Under The Lens: Nausea Etymology

Nausea, from which the word nauseated is derived, is a feeling of sickness at the stomach, especially when accompanied by an involuntary impulse to vomit. The word nausea comes from the Greek word nausia which means seasickness.

Also, nauseate is extended to mean to cause to feel disgust. Ex – The way you treat your servants nauseates me.