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pungent

Short Definition : stinging; acrid; sharp in taste or smell; (of speech or writing) caustic; N. pungency

Definition
(adj) strong and sharp
Synonyms : acrid
Example Sentence
  • the pungent taste of radishes
  • the acrid smell of burning rubber
Definition
(adj) capable of wounding
Example Sentence
  • a barbed compliment
  • a biting aphorism
  • pungent satire
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for pungent

remember pug dog of vodafone. It's very stingy.

pun + (negli)gent : As you know punning means playing with words. So if we pun negligently on others it may hurt/wound them.

pun-punch+agent ,punch a agent he is strong and sharp

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Pungent: pun-gent: (pun) rhymes with (non) and (gent) rhymes with gentle. It means not gentle or sharp/strong: pungent criticism; pungent cheese.

punitive

Short Definition : punishing; Ex. punitive measures

Definition
(adj) inflicting punishment
Synonyms : punitory
Example Sentence
  • punitive justice
  • punitive damages
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for punitive

pun, if misinterpreted, can lead to punishment

PUNITive = Punish + It

punitive : pee in small units which will be a severe punishment

puny

Short Definition : tiny; weak; insignificant

Definition
(adj) inferior in strength or significance
Example Sentence
  • a puny physique
  • puny excuses
Definition
(adj) (used especially of persons) of inferior size
Synonyms : runty shrimpy
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for puny

remember "pony" tail which is small and tiny.

Remember "pony" which is a small horse likewise "puny" means tiny.

rooney is puny when compared with messi

purchase

Short Definition : secure grasp or hold; firm grasp or footing

Definition
(noun) the acquisition of something for payment
Example Sentence
  • they closed the purchase with a handshake
Definition
(noun) something acquired by purchase Definition
(noun) a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage
Example Sentence
  • he could get no purchase on the situation
Definition
(noun) the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever
Synonyms : leverage
Definition
(verb) obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
Synonyms : buy
Example Sentence
  • The family purchased a new car
  • The conglomerate acquired a new company
  • She buys for the big department store
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for purchase

when you purchase something, that thing becomes forever yours and you have "a firm grasp or footing" on that thing.

Somebody is gaining advantage while chasing you for the purse you purchased from the mall and you should maintain a firm grasp on it

In a purse chase, the theif should have a proper purchase on the stolen purse.

purgatory

Short Definition : place of spiritual expiation; temporary state or place in which the souls must expiate their sins

Definition
(noun) a temporary condition of torment or suffering
Example Sentence
  • a purgatory of drug abuse
Definition
(noun) (theology) in Roman Catholic theology the place where those who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment to expiate their sins
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for purgatory

purgatory = in Roman Catholic, it means a place where one has to experience suffering before he goes to heaven, so it is like a gate to heaven, purgatory = pure + gate, a gate to heaven which purifies you.

PURGE (clean) dirty GATOR (alligator), producing clean animal.

Pronounced as Purge Gay Tree .. If you have to purge your son's gay tree/partners, you have to encourage him to go to a purgatory (A place of spiritual expiation).

PURGATORY - place/state where you PURGE UTTERLY of all sins

purge

Short Definition : remove or get rid of something or someone unwanted; eliminate; free from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify (esp. of sin, guilt, or defilement); N.

Definition
(noun) the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
Synonyms : purgation purging
Definition
(noun) an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
Synonyms : purging
Definition
(noun) an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
Example Sentence
  • he died in a purge by Stalin
Definition
(verb) oust politically
Example Sentence
  • Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime
Definition
(verb) clear of a charge Definition
(verb) make pure or free from sin or guilt
Synonyms : purify sanctify
Example Sentence
  • he left the monastery purified
Definition
(verb) rid of impurities
Example Sentence
  • purge the water
  • purge your mind
Definition
(verb) rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid
Synonyms : flush scour
Example Sentence
  • flush the wound with antibiotics
  • purge the old gas tank
Definition
(verb) eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
Example Sentence
  • After drinking too much, the students vomited
  • He purged continuously
  • The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night
Definition
(verb) excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body)
Example Sentence
  • The doctor decided that the patient must be purged
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for purge

its the opposite of 'merge', merge means to mix something into another and purge means get rid of something.

remove 'g'.. pure.. implies purge is to making it pure, clean

Purge :- Pee if ur URGEnt and get rid of unwanted

PURSE- things fall from purse daily

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purge===urge to get purified

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