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bellicose

Short Definition : warlike

Definition
(adj) having or showing a ready disposition to fight
Synonyms : battleful combative
Example Sentence
  • bellicose young officers
  • a combative impulse
  • a contentious nature
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lets break bellicose as belli + cose ...belli we can remember as sumo's with huge bellis will fight (wrestleling) each other.....so belli-cose means a warlike

BELLY+CAUSE....if you are not able to get food to eat you will fight for your belly and you will be bellicose

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Belli ~ Billi (cat); two Billi (cats) very close about to attack : billi-close::bellicose

A hill between between two countries has a holy bell on top of it. The constant fights across the border as to who should own the BELL is the CAUSE of warlike situation.

bellicose = belly+cause, if you see belly of any girl it can be a cause for warlike situation between you and her bf

remember the movie kungfu panda in which the panda uses his belly to FIGHT. :)

Bellicose sounds like varicose. Varicose veins are enlarged and tortuous vein. Your veins get large and tortuous when you're ready to fight.

Bellicose ~ Glucose , Two child are about to fight for glucose.

BELLY full of gluCOSE!! full of glucose; you are energetic,,,,want to fight!!!!!!!!!!

belli+cose ~ cose sounds like cause, a small fight can become a cause of warlike situation...

belligerent

Short Definition : quarrelsome

Definition
(noun) someone who fights (or is fighting) Definition
(adj) characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
Synonyms : aggressive
Example Sentence
  • aggressive acts against another country
  • a belligerent tone
Definition
(adj) engaged in war
Example Sentence
  • belligerent (or warring) nations
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belli (TOM) and gerry always quarrel in TOM and GERRY cartoon.

Just relate it wid another GRE word-- BELLICOSE

Just remember Bully from the word belligerent...the character of a bully is to be harsh and aggressive.

BELI/BEL MEANS FIGHT.QUARREL .+gerenT(generation)....THE LAST TWO GENERATION of this family have been QUARRELSOME

belligeren = belly, the belly of a girl always cause the fight or may be war

children FOUGHT with one another for jelly BELLY chocalate :p

In TOM&GERRY story gerry always knocks the doorbell and make tom aggressive which leads to war

bemoan

Short Definition : lament; moan for; express sorrow or disapproval of

Definition
(verb) regret strongly
Synonyms : bewail deplore lament
Example Sentence
  • I deplore this hostile action
  • we lamented the loss of benefits
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bemoan... look at moan..means cryin,..whn does one cry when dey loose something..when one looses something they express disapproval..

bemoan -- be mourn means express mourn -- express sadness

be+moan--moon->in olden days mothers used to show their kids the moon and used to tell some stories and feed them.now most of them are living in apartments, where there is no scope of showing moon and feed them, so they beat them

be+moan--moan sounds like maun(hindi word)(few minute silence in remembrance of someone.) in order to express our grief when someone dies we keep maun for few minutes.

BEAM+ON...the meaning is lament.....I didn't switch on the beam(light) of my car and because of that I had an accident hence I LAMENT...

they have to feel sorry for their kids.as they r failed to do that

bemoan has moan in it which means "A low, sustained, mournful cry, usually indicative of sorrow or pain"

bemused

Short Definition : confused; lost in thought; preoccupied

Definition
(adj) deeply absorbed in thought
Example Sentence
  • as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class
  • lost in thought
  • a preoccupied frown
Definition
(adj) perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
Example Sentence
  • obviously bemused by his questions
  • bewildered and confused
  • a cloudy and confounded philosopher
  • just a mixed-up kid
  • she felt lost on the first day of school
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Be mouse(think,muse) for one day. confused or bemused?

Not a mnemonic:Amuse=make someone laugh. Bemuse=make confusion. Muse=ponder. Think,confuse,laugh.

split the word bemused into be + amused, when u are amused you are in a state of surprise or confusion

be+m+used--- we are always CONFUSED to buy a BE-USED (previously used) product(car/bike/electronics)

'bemuse' sounds like 'demused' which can be split into De(without/bereft)+Mused(Muse=inspiration/mentor);thus,somebody who has lost his/her Muse is 'confused' and doesn't know what to do next

bemused ~ be confused + used; he is thinking a lot to convert his invention into useful commercial product.

be+amused = bemused

A-muse is laugh laugh laugh. B(e) muse is confusion confusion confusion

benediction

Short Definition : blessing

Definition
(noun) the act of praying for divine protection
Synonyms : blessing
Definition
(noun) a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
Synonyms : blessing
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for benediction

saint BENEDICT always used to bless people...

u know Pope Benedict...pope gives BLESSINGS

bene+diction—bene is the rot with means good i.e., all words starting with bene will means good, so benediction means BLESSING i.e., something good

relate with wrds- benifit, benefactor

benefactor

Short Definition : gift giver; patron; person who does good or who gives money for a good purpose

Definition
(noun) a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
Synonyms : helper
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not a mnemonic but a root..bene is the root word and it stands for GOOD

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divide it like BENEFACT+or--focus on benefit, we are always benefited by generous people or gift givers.

bene is a root word which means good.. bene+factor i.e some good factors like money, help.

benef+actor -- some actors gives benefits to person and cause in form of money Benef+ factor--- who have factors of giving benefits

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