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Short Definition : harm someone's reputation; malign; speak evil of; slander; N. defamation; ADJ. defamatory

(verb) charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
Example Sentence
  • The journalists have defamed me!
  • The article in the paper sullied my reputation
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defame

de(do away with) + fame...so taking away somebody's fame...defaming someone.

defame = de(down)+fame(famous) "to down the famous" means to harm someone's reputation.


Short Definition : failure to act; failure to perform a task or be present; V.

(noun) loss due to not showing up
Example Sentence
  • he lost the game by default
(noun) act of failing to meet a financial obligation
Synonyms : nonpayment nonremittal
(noun) loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid
Synonyms : nonpayment nonremittal
(noun) an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified
Synonyms : default option
(verb) fail to pay up
Synonyms : default on
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for default

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Separate FAULT : Fault is a mistake and due to a mistake the person looses by default.

When you forget to fill up the reuired parts the defalt settings are set.


Short Definition : resigned to defeat or failure; accepting defeat or failure as a natural outcome; N. CF. defeatism

(noun) someone who is resigned to defeat without offering positive suggestions
Synonyms : negativist
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defeatist

defeatist-> A person who accept defeat is called defeatist.

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DEFEAT + -ist(specialist)..so one how specializes the defeat!..

defeated person

defeat+test-> accept failure


Short Definition : shortcoming; V: desert (in order to join the opposite one)

(noun) an imperfection in a bodily system
Example Sentence
  • visual defects
  • this device permits detection of defects in the lungs
(noun) a failing or deficiency
Synonyms : shortcoming
Example Sentence
  • that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information
(noun) an imperfection in an object or machine
Synonyms : fault flaw
Example Sentence
  • a flaw caused the crystal to shatter
  • if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer
(noun) a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
Synonyms : blemish mar
Example Sentence
  • a facial blemish
(verb) desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
Synonyms : desert
Example Sentence
  • If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defect

If there's DEFECT in u, ppl will ABANDON u


Short Definition : desertion

(noun) withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility
Synonyms : abandonment desertion
Example Sentence
  • his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless
(noun) the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
Synonyms : apostasy renunciation
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defection

de + affection -> no affection; if you have no affection then you will leave it

when you go to a shop to buy something but you find that it is DEFECtive - you will surely desert it!

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Defection is seen in case of contagious infection. Everyone leaves the patient during that time.

fection- take it as fiction. fiction generally has a deserted background.

de+infection.Infection is something that stays with you where as de infection is something that leaves you..desertion

de + affection -> no affection; if you have no affection then you will be left out in desert alone

de+affection means opposite of affection. It means showing affection to the rivals


Short Definition : give in respectfully; submit; delay till later; exempt temporarily; N. deferment; CF. show respect, comply with, courteous

(verb) hold back to a later time
Example Sentence
  • let's postpone the exam
(verb) yield to another's wish or opinion
Synonyms : accede bow give in submit
Example Sentence
  • The government bowed to the military pressure
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defer

Read Duffer- A duffer owing to his incompetence has to always give in and delay that too with respect.

if anyboby 1)refer=fast 2)defer=slow/postpone

if there is no difference between actual answer and your answer click SUBMIT button without DELAY

Rhymes with prefer I prefer to defer the exam.

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difer to it eventhough it Differs to your opinion

defer the bug to next release.

def+her so delay or postpone give it respectfuly


Short Definition : courteous regard for another's wish; courteous yielding to another's wish or opinion (showing respect); ADJ. deferential; OP. effrontery

(noun) a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
Synonyms : respect
Example Sentence
  • his deference to her wishes was very flattering
  • be sure to give my respects to the dean
(noun) courteous regard for people's feelings
Synonyms : respect respectfulness
Example Sentence
  • in deference to your wishes
  • out of respect for his privacy
(noun) a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for deference

if there is no DIFFERENCE between you and him, then you will respect his wishes.

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sounds like REVERENCE

defeat+reverence. in battles we give reverence to even those who we defeat, hence deference to all.

if you will make no DEFERENCE(difference) between ST/SC/OBC and GENERAL, you will be RESPECTED

defer rhymes wit refer..


DEFERENCE---> sounds like---> di-farmaiye = you are asking respectfully frm ur didi.

there's difference between boss and servant ,so servant respects boss

deference sounds like reference ..so doing things on regard of some1 who is in reference

deference=de+reference -> without refer to

deference sounds like reference. If you have a reference for a letter of recommendation, then you usually respect that reference.

deference Read as "desire + reference" someone acting in reference to your desires.

It sounds like preference,which means giving priority 2 othr

it is like reference of respectable persons which you add in your CV

Deference; defer means to agree with someone.

deference=def+her+hence give her respect


Short Definition : refusal to yield; resistance; V. defy; ADJ. defiant

(noun) intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
Synonyms : rebelliousness
(noun) a hostile challenge Definition
(noun) a defiant act
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defiance

fiance - resembles fiancee, before marraige, fiancees generally resist or refuse to yield to our advances.

defiance -> defence; you defence some thing means you resist some thing.. not ready to yield their country land

when somebody takes loan.it called as "loan is FINANCED".and suppose bank refuse to finance then it could alled as defiance.means refused.

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