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semblance

Short Definition : outward appearance; guise; Ex. We called in the troops to bring a/some semblance of order to the city.

Definition
(noun) an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
Synonyms : color colour gloss
Example Sentence
  • he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity
  • he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction
  • the situation soon took on a different color
Definition
(noun) an erroneous mental representation
Synonyms : illusion
Definition
(noun) picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
Synonyms : likeness
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for semblance

resemblance should immediately come to your mind and relate the meaning of resemblance to semblance.

sounds like ambulance that gives an outward appearance of emergency, illness and death.

SEMBLANCE is an outward APPEARANCE or form.

seminal

Short Definition : related to seed or semen; germinal; creative; providing a basis for further development; influencing future developments; Ex. seminal research in a new field

Definition
(adj) pertaining to or containing or consisting of semen
Example Sentence
  • seminal fluid
Definition
(adj) containing seeds of later development
Synonyms : germinal originative
Example Sentence
  • seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for seminal

SEMINAL is like SEMI fINAL (generally of a contest)which further decides the turn of events for the future final.

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Must have heard of 'SEMEN'.. with the sperm.. which help in future development or formation of baby!..

Relate it with SEMINAR which incubates ideas influencing future developments

Relate the word to SEMINAL VESICLE and SEMINIFEROUS TUBULE. Both involved in releasin of SPERM.which is the SEED and SOURCE of humankind

SEMINAL is the ORIGINAL form from which germination takes place.

seminal fluid has sperm which influence the sex of the child.

seminary

Short Definition : school for training future ministers; secondary school, especially for young women

Definition
(noun) a private place of education for the young Definition
(noun) a theological school for training ministers or priests or rabbis
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for seminary

similar to seminar were we increase our knowledge (or get educated)

sem(semester)-> related to school min -> minister nari -> woman in hindi

SEMINARY is an ACADEMY or training college for priests.

senility

Short Definition : old age; feeblemindedness of old age; ADJ. senile: resulting from old age; showing the weakness of body or mind from old age; Ex. senile dementia

Definition
(noun) mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations Definition
(noun) the state of being senile
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for senility

SENI-lity--> remeber senior citizen,they r old age ppl..they behave in a confused or strange way, and unable to remember things, because they are old.

senility==senior+nationality so if you have a senior nationality you musta be old aged....

IN HINDI AND TELUGU MOSTLY THERE IS A WORD CALLED SENI MEANING PROBLEMS SO SENI+LITY ...ON AN ALL ONLY OLD PPL FACE PROBLEMS LIKE HEALTH AND ETC

SENELITY or IMBECILLITY or INEFFICACY is a weak state of mind usually during old age.

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rhymes with seniarity

sensitization

Short Definition : process of being made sensitive or acutely responsive to an external agent or substance; V. sensitize: make or become sensitive

Definition
(noun) the state of being sensitive (as to an antigen)
Synonyms : sensitisation
Definition
(noun) (psychology) the process of becoming highly sensitive to specific events or situations (especially emotional events or situations)
Synonyms : sensitisation
Definition
(noun) rendering an organism sensitive to a serum by a series of injections
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SENSITIZATION or SENSITIZE - cause to respond readily to STIMULI or stimulus.

sensual

Short Definition : devoted to the pleasures of the sense; carnal; voluptuous; Ex. sensual woman/curves/lips

Definition
(adj) marked by the appetites and passions of the body
Synonyms : animal carnal fleshly
Example Sentence
  • animal instincts
  • carnal knowledge
  • fleshly desire
  • a sensual delight in eating
  • music is the only sensual pleasure without vice
Definition
(adj) sexually exciting or gratifying
Synonyms : sultry
Example Sentence
  • sensual excesses
  • a sultry look
  • a sultry dance
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sensual

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SENSUAL indulging in PHYSICAL pleasures that also excite the MENTAL status of a person.

sensuous

Short Definition : giving pleasure to the senses; pertaining to the physical senses; operating through the senses; sensuous feeling of soft velvet on the skin

Definition
(adj) taking delight in beauty
Example Sentence
  • the sensuous joy from all things fair
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sensuous

SENSUOUS - indulging in excessive sensual PLEASURES.

sententious

Short Definition : pithy; terse; concise; aphoristic

Definition
(adj) abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing
Example Sentence
  • too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententious conversation
Definition
(adj) concise and full of meaning
Synonyms : pithy
Example Sentence
  • welcomed her pithy comments
  • the peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sententious

Sentence+less - Someone who can concisely explain his views in just a few sentences (less sentences used).

Sententious: think of it as "Sentence + Conscious". Person who is sentence conscious will be terse or brief.

sentence+ious... full sentence in one word.

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SENTENTIOUS-> SENTENCE+TENSION. "In a TENSION filled debate, you may only get one SENTENCE in; so, be SENTENTIOUS."

SENTENTIOUS means filled with SENTIMENT(feeling).

sentence+ious... full sentence in one word.

sen ten. sen is sanity/intelligence. ten = 10/10. trying to show off u r 10/10 on intelligence

say so much in one sentence that it is better than a whole story.

Sentencing us to tension with your excessive moralizing - at least you're pithy!

Everyone on the beach was shocked when the local authorities SENTENced US for mixed bathing.

The judge read the sentence with a sententious look

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