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defile

Short Definition : pollute; make filthy or dirty; corrupt morally; profane; desecrate; N: narrow passage or gorge through mountains

Definition
(noun) a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
Synonyms : gorge
Definition
(verb) place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
Synonyms : cloud corrupt sully taint
Example Sentence
  • sully someone's reputation
Definition
(verb) make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
Example Sentence
  • The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
  • Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man
Definition
(verb) spot, stain, or pollute
Synonyms : befoul foul maculate
Example Sentence
  • The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defile

If you (de)FILE a case against him you will tarnish his image.

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de-file,file sounds like profile ,defile is to pollute some once profile

file- take this as fillings, iron fillings are generally harmful to the atmosphere,they pollute,make filthy and add a lot of dirt to the environment.

DEAF+AILe...if you ail(harm) deaf person, you will rape your image coz what's in harming innocent people

DEAF+AILe...if you ail(harm) deaf person, you will rape your image coz what's in harming innocent people

defile-> de file the papers in the file and make it dirty,pollute

defile->(de)The file gap narrow passage

DEFILE=DE+FILE...FILE rhymes with FAIL.so if U FAIL in DE exams u SHOW DISRESPECT FOR THE PLACE OF WORSHIP,prayers alone wont suffice

DEAF+AILe...if you ail(harm) deaf person, you will rape your image coz what's in harming innocent people

definitive

Short Definition : most reliable; authorative and complete; that cannot be improved; conclusive; decisive; definite; Ex. definitive decision by the supreme court

Definition
(adj) clearly defined or formulated
Synonyms : unequivocal
Example Sentence
  • the plain and unequivocal language of the laws
Definition
(adj) of recognized authority or excellence
Example Sentence
  • the definitive work on Greece
  • classical methods of navigation
Definition
(adj) supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement
Synonyms : determinate
Example Sentence
  • a definitive verdict
  • a determinate answer to the problem
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for definitive

definitive -> definitions are complete answer of any question .

the final answer which is more definite than anything definite. in other words the most fdefinite of the definite of the definite of the...

deflect

Short Definition : turn aside; turn away from a straight course

Definition
(verb) prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
Example Sentence
  • Let's avoid a confrontation
  • head off a confrontation
  • avert a strike
Definition
(verb) turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
Synonyms : bend turn away
Definition
(verb) turn aside and away from an initial or intended course Definition
(verb) draw someone's attention away from something
Synonyms : distract
Example Sentence
  • The thief distracted the bystanders
  • He deflected his competitors
Definition
(verb) impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
Synonyms : block parry
Example Sentence
  • block an attack
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for deflect

sounds like reflect. If some thing reflects, it turns away

defoliate

Short Definition : destroy leaves; deprive of leaves (by the use of chemicals); N. defoliant

Definition
(verb) strip the leaves or branches from
Example Sentence
  • defoliate the trees with pesticides
Definition
(adj) deprived of leaves
Synonyms : defoliated
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defoliate

de(without, not having) + folio(folios..green leaves)....excessive use of chemicals can destroy the greenness of leaves.

de+FALL+ATE: u make the leaves to fall, and eat them...thereby depriving of leaves...!!!

defoliate-> destroy foil late dry leaves

defray

Short Definition : provide for the payment of; undertake the payment of; pay

Definition
(verb) bear the expenses of
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defray

def + ray -> by paying for their education, you provide a "ray" of hope for "deaf" people!!

it rhymes with PAY

When you are taking someone to the hotel, you have to 'bear the expenses', other wise the hotel manager might say "I will def[deep] + fray[fry] => deep fry you in this torrid frying pan."

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defray - when one is fed (DEFray;read def of defray as FED) up of one's loans , one prays (sounds like fray) to god that somebody takes up the responsibility of repaying it (bear the expenses of it )

defray-when some one close to you is 'def'..u pay the expenses of taking x-'ray'..

consider FRAY which means a fight.. In a FRAY you break one's bones then you will have to DEFRAY him by paying for the fracture.. :)

DEEP FRIED fish is tasty but u have to pay the expense

THE PAY(salary)- when I would get my TE PAY then I would defray for everything.

Defray > Fra > franc; it is the currency of France.

Evil genius paid the expense of the deaf ray plan to make the whole world deaf.

When your servant shows up wearing FRAYED clothes, you pay to DE-FRAY them

def gril want yamaha ray - provide the payment and bear the expense of the petrol

defrock

Short Definition : strip a priest or minister of church authority; unfrock

Definition
(verb) divest of the frock; of church officials
Synonyms : unfrock
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defrock

The garment worn by priests is a frock like robe..so de + frock is to remove from the frock, priesthood.

deft

Short Definition : neat; skillful

Definition
(adj) skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands
Synonyms : dexterous dextrous
Example Sentence
  • a deft waiter
  • deft fingers massaged her face
  • dexterous of hand and inventive of mind
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for deft

Handicapped people (like the deaf) are sometimes skillful in other activities.

deft- sounds like theft , if a theft is to take place, then it should be neat and skillfull,else police will trace it.

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Ravi shastri say for Sachin's backside's delicate touch as 'deft touch by Sachin'

Johnny DEPP is the epitome of DEFT acting. Remember Johnny DEFT.

DEFT rhymes with LEFT...lefty people are most of the times skilful,dexterous, or adroit

sounds like 'Depth'. Dexterous [skillful] people usually have depth to their activities.

def+art=neat, skillful

sounds like "theft" ...so to THEFT a thing you need to be skillful!..

defunct

Short Definition : dead; no longer in use or existence

Definition
(adj) no longer in force or use; inactive
Example Sentence
  • a defunct law
  • a defunct organization
Definition
(adj) having ceased to exist or live
Example Sentence
  • the will of a defunct aunt
  • a defunct Indian tribe
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for defunct

de (means without) + funct(function)..so something without a functioning is considered DEAD.

DEFUNCT: DE-FUNCT; funky is something which is current trend...defunct is something no longer used, or dead

de functional part dead, no longer in use or existence

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