Soft Skills Assignment Vocabulary

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Soft Skills 
Assignment 
 
Vocabulary 
Building 
 
 
 
 
Ujjal Didar Singh Sekhon 
         UE101076 
         6
th 
Semester 
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Soft Skills 
Assignment 
 
Vocabulary 
Building 
 
 
 
 
Ujjal Didar Singh Sekhon 
         UE101076 
         6
th 
Semester 
 
Serial No Word Meaning Usage in sentence 
1 bemused 
perplexed by many conflicting 
situations or statements; filled 
with bewilderment 
They were marching in the middle of the street, 
chanting and singing and disrupting traffic while 
countless New Yorkers looked on, some bemused, 
others applauding. 
2 anodyne capable of relieving pain 
But philosophy failed, as it will probably fail till 
some far-off age, to find an anodyne for the 
spiritual distresses of the mass of men. 
3 parsimonious excessively unwilling to spend 
Pill-splitting is catching on among parsimonious 
prescription-takers who want to lower costs. 
4 contusion 
an injury that doesn't break 
the skin but results in some 
discoloration 
My falling companion, being a much stouter man 
than myself did not fare so well, as his right 
shoulder received a severe contusion. 
5 polemical 
of or involving dispute or 
controversy 
His works include several dogmatic and polemical 
treatises, but the most important are the 
historical. 
6 halcyon 
idyllically calm and peaceful; 
suggesting happy tranquillity 
He now seemed to have entered on a halcyon 
period of life—congenial society, romantic and 
interesting surroundings. 
7 misanthrope 
someone who dislikes people 
in general 
And shaking his head like a misanthrope, 
disgusted, if not with life, at least with men, 
Patout led the horse to the stable. 
8 viscous 
having the sticky properties of 
an adhesive 
Sluggish, blind crawling things like three-foot slugs 
flowed across their path and among the tree 
trunks, leaving viscous trails of slime behind them. 
9 apposite 
being of striking 
appropriateness and 
pertinence 
He was quite capable of meaningful, apposite 
phrases about the game, even though distant 
sports editors did not encourage them enough. 
10 veracious precisely accurate 
For proof, we cite the following veracious 
narrative, which bears within it every internal 
mark of truth, and matter for grave and serious 
reflection. 
11 apocryphal 
being of questionable 
authenticity 
We're reminded of the story, possibly apocryphal, 
that they used to play the Beach Boys' Smiley 
Smile in psychiatric wards to calm patients. 
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Soft Skills 
Assignment 
 
Vocabulary 
Building 
 
 
 
 
Ujjal Didar Singh Sekhon 
         UE101076 
         6
th 
Semester 
 
Serial No Word Meaning Usage in sentence 
1 bemused 
perplexed by many conflicting 
situations or statements; filled 
with bewilderment 
They were marching in the middle of the street, 
chanting and singing and disrupting traffic while 
countless New Yorkers looked on, some bemused, 
others applauding. 
2 anodyne capable of relieving pain 
But philosophy failed, as it will probably fail till 
some far-off age, to find an anodyne for the 
spiritual distresses of the mass of men. 
3 parsimonious excessively unwilling to spend 
Pill-splitting is catching on among parsimonious 
prescription-takers who want to lower costs. 
4 contusion 
an injury that doesn't break 
the skin but results in some 
discoloration 
My falling companion, being a much stouter man 
than myself did not fare so well, as his right 
shoulder received a severe contusion. 
5 polemical 
of or involving dispute or 
controversy 
His works include several dogmatic and polemical 
treatises, but the most important are the 
historical. 
6 halcyon 
idyllically calm and peaceful; 
suggesting happy tranquillity 
He now seemed to have entered on a halcyon 
period of life—congenial society, romantic and 
interesting surroundings. 
7 misanthrope 
someone who dislikes people 
in general 
And shaking his head like a misanthrope, 
disgusted, if not with life, at least with men, 
Patout led the horse to the stable. 
8 viscous 
having the sticky properties of 
an adhesive 
Sluggish, blind crawling things like three-foot slugs 
flowed across their path and among the tree 
trunks, leaving viscous trails of slime behind them. 
9 apposite 
being of striking 
appropriateness and 
pertinence 
He was quite capable of meaningful, apposite 
phrases about the game, even though distant 
sports editors did not encourage them enough. 
10 veracious precisely accurate 
For proof, we cite the following veracious 
narrative, which bears within it every internal 
mark of truth, and matter for grave and serious 
reflection. 
11 apocryphal 
being of questionable 
authenticity 
We're reminded of the story, possibly apocryphal, 
that they used to play the Beach Boys' Smiley 
Smile in psychiatric wards to calm patients. 
12 euphony 
any agreeable (pleasing and 
harmonious) sounds 
It depends somewhat on usage and on euphony or 
agreeableness of sound. 
13 stultify 
deprive of strength or 
efficiency; make useless or 
worthless 
Far from being engines of economic growth, 
Egypt's leading cities are stultified. 
14 effervescence 
the property of giving off 
bubbles 
Both were in the very sparkle and effervescence of 
that fanciful glee which bubbles up from the 
golden, untried fountains of early childhood. 
15 inconsequential lacking worth or importance 
But as the months went by, Mr. Kimura had an 
unexpected epiphany: His business, which he 
thought was inconsequential, mattered to a lot of 
people. 
16 grandiloquent lofty in style 
A large part of his duties will be to strut about on 
the stage, and mouth more or less unintelligible 
sentences in a grandiloquent tone. 
17 accolade 
a tangible symbol signifying 
approval or distinction 
The Nobel Prize, considered one of the highest 
accolades in literature, is given only to living 
writers. 
18 fructify become productive or fruitful 
Thence they grow, expand, fructify, and the result 
is Progress. 
19 malleable easily influenced 
The Americans are seen as naïve malleable tools in 
the hands of the Brits. 
20 sextant 
a measuring instrument for 
measuring the angular 
distance between celestial 
objects; resembles an octant 
For example, a sextant could be used to sight the 
sun at high noon in order to determine one’s 
latitude. 
21 factitious 
not produced by natural 
forces 
Indeed, the Chinese make a factitious cheese out 
of peas, which it is difficult to discriminate from 
the article of animal origin. 
22 beatific 
marked by utter benignity; 
resembling or befitting an 
angel or saint 
She dozed at last, her face serene and beatific. 
23 sherbet 
a frozen dessert made 
primarily of fruit juice and 
sugar, but also containing milk 
or egg-white or gelatin 
One person said it looks like a big lime sherbet ice 
cream cone! 
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Soft Skills 
Assignment 
 
Vocabulary 
Building 
 
 
 
 
Ujjal Didar Singh Sekhon 
         UE101076 
         6
th 
Semester 
 
Serial No Word Meaning Usage in sentence 
1 bemused 
perplexed by many conflicting 
situations or statements; filled 
with bewilderment 
They were marching in the middle of the street, 
chanting and singing and disrupting traffic while 
countless New Yorkers looked on, some bemused, 
others applauding. 
2 anodyne capable of relieving pain 
But philosophy failed, as it will probably fail till 
some far-off age, to find an anodyne for the 
spiritual distresses of the mass of men. 
3 parsimonious excessively unwilling to spend 
Pill-splitting is catching on among parsimonious 
prescription-takers who want to lower costs. 
4 contusion 
an injury that doesn't break 
the skin but results in some 
discoloration 
My falling companion, being a much stouter man 
than myself did not fare so well, as his right 
shoulder received a severe contusion. 
5 polemical 
of or involving dispute or 
controversy 
His works include several dogmatic and polemical 
treatises, but the most important are the 
historical. 
6 halcyon 
idyllically calm and peaceful; 
suggesting happy tranquillity 
He now seemed to have entered on a halcyon 
period of life—congenial society, romantic and 
interesting surroundings. 
7 misanthrope 
someone who dislikes people 
in general 
And shaking his head like a misanthrope, 
disgusted, if not with life, at least with men, 
Patout led the horse to the stable. 
8 viscous 
having the sticky properties of 
an adhesive 
Sluggish, blind crawling things like three-foot slugs 
flowed across their path and among the tree 
trunks, leaving viscous trails of slime behind them. 
9 apposite 
being of striking 
appropriateness and 
pertinence 
He was quite capable of meaningful, apposite 
phrases about the game, even though distant 
sports editors did not encourage them enough. 
10 veracious precisely accurate 
For proof, we cite the following veracious 
narrative, which bears within it every internal 
mark of truth, and matter for grave and serious 
reflection. 
11 apocryphal 
being of questionable 
authenticity 
We're reminded of the story, possibly apocryphal, 
that they used to play the Beach Boys' Smiley 
Smile in psychiatric wards to calm patients. 
12 euphony 
any agreeable (pleasing and 
harmonious) sounds 
It depends somewhat on usage and on euphony or 
agreeableness of sound. 
13 stultify 
deprive of strength or 
efficiency; make useless or 
worthless 
Far from being engines of economic growth, 
Egypt's leading cities are stultified. 
14 effervescence 
the property of giving off 
bubbles 
Both were in the very sparkle and effervescence of 
that fanciful glee which bubbles up from the 
golden, untried fountains of early childhood. 
15 inconsequential lacking worth or importance 
But as the months went by, Mr. Kimura had an 
unexpected epiphany: His business, which he 
thought was inconsequential, mattered to a lot of 
people. 
16 grandiloquent lofty in style 
A large part of his duties will be to strut about on 
the stage, and mouth more or less unintelligible 
sentences in a grandiloquent tone. 
17 accolade 
a tangible symbol signifying 
approval or distinction 
The Nobel Prize, considered one of the highest 
accolades in literature, is given only to living 
writers. 
18 fructify become productive or fruitful 
Thence they grow, expand, fructify, and the result 
is Progress. 
19 malleable easily influenced 
The Americans are seen as naïve malleable tools in 
the hands of the Brits. 
20 sextant 
a measuring instrument for 
measuring the angular 
distance between celestial 
objects; resembles an octant 
For example, a sextant could be used to sight the 
sun at high noon in order to determine one’s 
latitude. 
21 factitious 
not produced by natural 
forces 
Indeed, the Chinese make a factitious cheese out 
of peas, which it is difficult to discriminate from 
the article of animal origin. 
22 beatific 
marked by utter benignity; 
resembling or befitting an 
angel or saint 
She dozed at last, her face serene and beatific. 
23 sherbet 
a frozen dessert made 
primarily of fruit juice and 
sugar, but also containing milk 
or egg-white or gelatin 
One person said it looks like a big lime sherbet ice 
cream cone! 
24 insensate 
devoid of feeling and 
consciousness and animation 
Men also are those brutal soldiers, alike stupidly 
ready, at the word of command, to drive the nail 
through quivering flesh or insensate wood. 
25 unconscionable 
greatly exceeding bounds of 
reason or moderation 
For generations in the New York City public 
schools, this has become the norm with 
devastating consequences rooted in 
unconscionable levels of student failure. 
26 retentive good at remembering 
The child was very sharp, and her memory was 
extremely retentive. 
27 preen 
dress or groom with elaborate 
care 
He preened on fight nights in a tuxedo, a bow tie 
and no shirt, and he favored showy rings and 
bracelets. 
28 tyro 
someone new to a field or 
activity 
As yet he was merely a tyro, gaining practical 
experience under a veteran Zeppelin commander. 
29 largesse 
liberality in bestowing gifts; 
extremely liberal and 
generous of spirit 
After being saved by government largesse, they 
say, big banks then moved to thwart reforms 
aimed at preventing future meltdowns caused by 
excessive risk-taking. 
30 overweening 
unrestrained, especially with 
regard to feelings 
He had overweening ambitions even then, along 
with a highly developed sense of his own 
importance. 
31 denouement 
the outcome of a complex 
sequence of events 
Suppose the truly apocalyptic denouement 
happens -- no deal is reached, and taxes rise for 
everyone. 
32 bucolic 
(used with regard to idealized 
country life) idyllically rustic 
Forty-four years ago, Bill Sievers moved into his 
neo-Colonial house in Douglaston, Queens, on 
bucolic Poplar Street, lined with stately trees and 
equally stately homes. 
33 nexus a connected series or group 
Numerous innovators are also worrying away at 
this nexus of problems. 
34 dotage 
mental infirmity as a 
consequence of old age; 
sometimes shown by foolish 
infatuations 
He is, as you say, a senile old man in his dotage. 
35 cadaverous 
very thin especially from 
disease or hunger or cold 
He looked gaunt and cadaverous, and much of his 
old reckless joyousness had left him, though he 
brightened up wonderfully on seeing an old friend. 
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Soft Skills 
Assignment 
 
Vocabulary 
Building 
 
 
 
 
Ujjal Didar Singh Sekhon 
         UE101076 
         6
th 
Semester 
 
Serial No Word Meaning Usage in sentence 
1 bemused 
perplexed by many conflicting 
situations or statements; filled 
with bewilderment 
They were marching in the middle of the street, 
chanting and singing and disrupting traffic while 
countless New Yorkers looked on, some bemused, 
others applauding. 
2 anodyne capable of relieving pain 
But philosophy failed, as it will probably fail till 
some far-off age, to find an anodyne for the 
spiritual distresses of the mass of men. 
3 parsimonious excessively unwilling to spend 
Pill-splitting is catching on among parsimonious 
prescription-takers who want to lower costs. 
4 contusion 
an injury that doesn't break 
the skin but results in some 
discoloration 
My falling companion, being a much stouter man 
than myself did not fare so well, as his right 
shoulder received a severe contusion. 
5 polemical 
of or involving dispute or 
controversy 
His works include several dogmatic and polemical 
treatises, but the most important are the 
historical. 
6 halcyon 
idyllically calm and peaceful; 
suggesting happy tranquillity 
He now seemed to have entered on a halcyon 
period of life—congenial society, romantic and 
interesting surroundings. 
7 misanthrope 
someone who dislikes people 
in general 
And shaking his head like a misanthrope, 
disgusted, if not with life, at least with men, 
Patout led the horse to the stable. 
8 viscous 
having the sticky properties of 
an adhesive 
Sluggish, blind crawling things like three-foot slugs 
flowed across their path and among the tree 
trunks, leaving viscous trails of slime behind them. 
9 apposite 
being of striking 
appropriateness and 
pertinence 
He was quite capable of meaningful, apposite 
phrases about the game, even though distant 
sports editors did not encourage them enough. 
10 veracious precisely accurate 
For proof, we cite the following veracious 
narrative, which bears within it every internal 
mark of truth, and matter for grave and serious 
reflection. 
11 apocryphal 
being of questionable 
authenticity 
We're reminded of the story, possibly apocryphal, 
that they used to play the Beach Boys' Smiley 
Smile in psychiatric wards to calm patients. 
12 euphony 
any agreeable (pleasing and 
harmonious) sounds 
It depends somewhat on usage and on euphony or 
agreeableness of sound. 
13 stultify 
deprive of strength or 
efficiency; make useless or 
worthless 
Far from being engines of economic growth, 
Egypt's leading cities are stultified. 
14 effervescence 
the property of giving off 
bubbles 
Both were in the very sparkle and effervescence of 
that fanciful glee which bubbles up from the 
golden, untried fountains of early childhood. 
15 inconsequential lacking worth or importance 
But as the months went by, Mr. Kimura had an 
unexpected epiphany: His business, which he 
thought was inconsequential, mattered to a lot of 
people. 
16 grandiloquent lofty in style 
A large part of his duties will be to strut about on 
the stage, and mouth more or less unintelligible 
sentences in a grandiloquent tone. 
17 accolade 
a tangible symbol signifying 
approval or distinction 
The Nobel Prize, considered one of the highest 
accolades in literature, is given only to living 
writers. 
18 fructify become productive or fruitful 
Thence they grow, expand, fructify, and the result 
is Progress. 
19 malleable easily influenced 
The Americans are seen as naïve malleable tools in 
the hands of the Brits. 
20 sextant 
a measuring instrument for 
measuring the angular 
distance between celestial 
objects; resembles an octant 
For example, a sextant could be used to sight the 
sun at high noon in order to determine one’s 
latitude. 
21 factitious 
not produced by natural 
forces 
Indeed, the Chinese make a factitious cheese out 
of peas, which it is difficult to discriminate from 
the article of animal origin. 
22 beatific 
marked by utter benignity; 
resembling or befitting an 
angel or saint 
She dozed at last, her face serene and beatific. 
23 sherbet 
a frozen dessert made 
primarily of fruit juice and 
sugar, but also containing milk 
or egg-white or gelatin 
One person said it looks like a big lime sherbet ice 
cream cone! 
24 insensate 
devoid of feeling and 
consciousness and animation 
Men also are those brutal soldiers, alike stupidly 
ready, at the word of command, to drive the nail 
through quivering flesh or insensate wood. 
25 unconscionable 
greatly exceeding bounds of 
reason or moderation 
For generations in the New York City public 
schools, this has become the norm with 
devastating consequences rooted in 
unconscionable levels of student failure. 
26 retentive good at remembering 
The child was very sharp, and her memory was 
extremely retentive. 
27 preen 
dress or groom with elaborate 
care 
He preened on fight nights in a tuxedo, a bow tie 
and no shirt, and he favored showy rings and 
bracelets. 
28 tyro 
someone new to a field or 
activity 
As yet he was merely a tyro, gaining practical 
experience under a veteran Zeppelin commander. 
29 largesse 
liberality in bestowing gifts; 
extremely liberal and 
generous of spirit 
After being saved by government largesse, they 
say, big banks then moved to thwart reforms 
aimed at preventing future meltdowns caused by 
excessive risk-taking. 
30 overweening 
unrestrained, especially with 
regard to feelings 
He had overweening ambitions even then, along 
with a highly developed sense of his own 
importance. 
31 denouement 
the outcome of a complex 
sequence of events 
Suppose the truly apocalyptic denouement 
happens -- no deal is reached, and taxes rise for 
everyone. 
32 bucolic 
(used with regard to idealized 
country life) idyllically rustic 
Forty-four years ago, Bill Sievers moved into his 
neo-Colonial house in Douglaston, Queens, on 
bucolic Poplar Street, lined with stately trees and 
equally stately homes. 
33 nexus a connected series or group 
Numerous innovators are also worrying away at 
this nexus of problems. 
34 dotage 
mental infirmity as a 
consequence of old age; 
sometimes shown by foolish 
infatuations 
He is, as you say, a senile old man in his dotage. 
35 cadaverous 
very thin especially from 
disease or hunger or cold 
He looked gaunt and cadaverous, and much of his 
old reckless joyousness had left him, though he 
brightened up wonderfully on seeing an old friend. 
36 forebear 
a person from whom you are 
descended 
His forebears were Greek immigrants who opened 
a small sandwich shop in Brooklyn, then moved, 
one after another, to Providence, to sell distinct, 
delectable wieners. 
37 adventitious 
associated by chance and not 
an integral part 
The derivation of the word thus appears to be 
merely accidental and adventitious. 
38 connotation 
an idea that is implied or 
suggested 
In Arabic, the word “bayt” translates literally as 
house, but its connotations resonate beyond 
rooms and walls, summoning longings gathered 
about family and home. 
39 moribund 
not growing or changing; 
without force or vitality 
The entertainment sector there is booming, while 
Pakistan's is moribund. 
40 zealot 
a fervent and even militant 
proponent of something 
"The public is going to just think of us as these 
zealots who want to ban smoking everywhere," he 
said. 
41 discursive 
(of e.g. speech and writing) 
tending to depart from the 
main point or cover a wide 
range of subjects 
“Tabloid,” like his previous films, consists largely 
of long, discursive conversations — in effect 
monologues directed at an unseen, mostly 
unheard interlocutor 
42 saturnine bitter or scornful 
Only when Bill Lightfoot spoke did he look up, and 
then with a set sneer, growing daily more 
saturnine. 
43 iconoclast 
someone who attacks 
cherished ideas or traditional 
institutions 
Jobs is a classic iconoclast, one who aggressively 
seeks out, attacks, and overthrows conventional 
ideas. 
44 fracas noisy quarrel 
Other cops were battling each other, going after 
the kids and clutching empty air, cursing and 
screaming unheard orders in the fracas. 
45 plenitude a full supply 
Of course at that season, amid the plenitude of 
seeds, nuts, and berries, they were as plump as 
partridges. 
46 sleight adroitness in using the hands 
The trick was performed Tuesday by Russell 
Fitzgerald, an amateur magician known to open 
meetings with a little sleight of hand. 
47 doggerel 
a comic verse of irregular 
measure 
He sang, with accompanying action, some dozen 
verses of doggerel, remarkable for obscenity and 
imbecility. 
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