Wrest Meaning | Wrest Mnemonic

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Wrest Synonyms: wrench, wring

Wrest Sentence: Hitler aim was to wrest control of the world by defeating every country that opposed him.


Under The Lens: Wrest – Various Meanings

We learned in the video that wrest means to take away by force. Wrest also means to forcibly pull from a person’s grasp. Ex: to wrest a knife from a child.

Another meaning of wrest as a verb is to distort or twist the nature or meaning of something. Ex: to wrest the words out of context.

Wrest may also describe the act of obtaining something by laborious effort. Ex: to wrest a job during recession.

As a noun wrest is a key for tuning stringed musical instrument, as the harp or piano.



Seethe Meaning | Seethe Mnemonic

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Seethe Synonyms: boil, stew

Seethe Sentence: You could see the coach seethe with discontent as the opposite team scored the winning goal.


Under The Lens: Various Meanings of Seethe

Seethe comes from sethen (boil). It has been driven over by its original meaning (boil) and survives largely in metaphorical extensions. Thus it means to be in a state of agitation or excitement.

As a verb, seethe also means to soak or saturate in liquid; or to cook by boiling or simmering.

As a noun seethe refers to a state of agitation or excitement.


Rubble Meaning | Rubble Mnemonic

Mnemonic Video Dictionary/ Rubble Meaning


Rubble Synonyms: debris, detritus

Rubble Sentence: The invaders reduced the ancient temple into a pile of rubble.


Under The Lens: Difference between Debris and Rubble

Debris refers to remains of anything broken down or destroyed. Rubble is a close synonym but it more specifically refers to waste fragments of stone, brick, concrete, etc. that are formed due to the demolition of buildings.


Rife Meaning | Rife Mnemonic

Mnemonic Video Dictionary/ Rife Meaning


Rife Synonyms: widespread, prevalent

Rife Sentence: Corruption is rife in the country and public is expressing its anger through protests.


Under The Lens: Difference between Rife, Prevalent and Widespread

All these words suggest that something is of wide extent or occurrence. Prevalent means widely occurring at a time or at a place. Ex – Wearing apple-bottom jeans is the prevalent fashion among youngsters.

Widespread more specifically suggest that something is plentiful over a wide area or space. Ex – Common cold is widespread in the city during this season.
Rife differs from its synonyms in the sense that it more often indicates spread of something undesirable. Ex – Smoking is rife among students.


Satiate Meaning | Satiate Mnemonic

Mnemonic Video Dictionary/ Satiate Meaning


Satiate Synonyms: sate, glut

Satiate Sentence: I won’t be able to eat desert as I am already satiated.


Under The Lens: Difference between Sate and Satiate

Although satiate can mean to supply anything to excess, it is still used to simply suggest satisfaction to the full. Sate, on the other hand, almost invariably suggests the discomfort of over indulgence, especially in sensual pleasures.


Parable Meaning | Parable Mnemonic

Mnemonic Video Dictionary / Parable Meaning


Parable Synonyms: allegory, fable

Parable Sentence: He often narrated parables to his colleagues to pass time during the lunch interval and then he asked them what they had learned from the story.


Under The Lens: Difference between Allegory, Parable and Fable

All these words refer to stories which teach a moral lesson.

In an allegory or a parable the moral of the story is not stated and it is left to the reader or listener to derive it on his own. The difference between these two is that while an allegory is long and elaborate, a parable is short and simple.

On the other hand in a fable the moral of the story is stated in the end. Also a fable often has animals and inanimate objects as characters which show us the nature of human beings. The tale of the tortoise and the hare is a common example.



Probity Meaning

Mnemonic Video Dictionary / Probity Meaning


Probity Synonyms: integrity, rectitude

Probity Sentence: Everyone was surprised when corruption charges were filed against him as he was known for his probity.


Under The Lens: Difference between Probity, Integrity and Rectitude

All these words indicate rightness of principles or conduct. Probity and integrity indicate honesty and the quality of having strong moral principles. Rectitude has overtones of self-discipline. It refers to strict adherence to what one believes is right, just or proper.



Log Meaning | Log Mnemonic

Mnemonic Video Dictionary / Log Meaning


Log Synonyms: record, register

Log Sentence: The journalist kept a log of all the events he had covered in his life.


Under The Lens: Various Forms and Meanings of Log

We learnt in the video that log is a record of day to day activities. You probably already know that the word log can also refer to ‘a segment of the trunk of the tree when devoid of branches’. Another meaning of log is ‘a written record of messages sent and received’. Yet another is ‘a written record of events on a voyage’. Log is also an instrument used for measuring the speed of a ship. In mathematics log is the short form for logarithm.

Besides the above mentioned meanings of log as a noun, the word log is also used as a verb. Log means to cut trees into logs. It may also mean to enter an entry into a log (record of activities).



Zealot Meaning

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Zealot Synonyms: enthusiast, fanatic

Zealot Sentence: My aunt is a health zealot and she is hell bent on making me quit smoking.

Under The Lens: Zealot various meanings

Zealotry was a radical and warlike political movement of Jews in Judea. Prominent between A.D. 69 and A.D. 81, it advocated Jews to rebel against the Roman Empire and expel it from the Holy Land by force of arms. The word Zealot (Z capital) is used to refer to a member of this group.
Zealot may refer to a person who shows excessive enthusiasm for a cause, person or an object. Stretching this meaning it may also refer to a person who is a fanatic.



Neologism Meaning | Neologism Mnemonic

Mnemonic Video Dictionary / Neologism Meaning


Neologism Synonym: coinage

Neologism Sentence: The revised edition of this dictionary includes all the neologisms of the last decade.


Under The Lens: About Neologisms

Neologisms are newly coined terms, words or phrases that are yet to enter mainstream language. They are often created by combining existing words or adding suffixes and prefixes. When a word is no longer new it is no longer a neologism. Opinions differ on how old a word should be so that it is no longer a neologism.

Many times neologisms disappear from common use after some time. Whether a neologism becomes part of the language depends on several factors and the most important of them is acceptance of that word by the public.