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Short Definition : approve; ratify; N: permission; penalty intended to enforce compliance

(noun) formal and explicit approval
Example Sentence
  • a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement
(noun) a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards Definition
(noun) official permission or approval
Example Sentence
  • authority for the program was renewed several times
(noun) the act of final authorization
Example Sentence
  • it had the sanction of the church
(verb) give sanction to
Synonyms : approve o.k. okay
Example Sentence
  • I approve of his educational policies
(verb) give authority or permission to Definition
(verb) give religious sanction to, such as through on oath
Example Sentence
  • sanctify the marriage
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sanction

u can read it like sanction ~~ SANG SONG so u sing song when u have been approved or accepted it's like being approved to USA..

I- SAY-ACTION, slang for I give you permission

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SANCTION or PERMISSION or AUTHORISATION - to get the authority to do something.

"Saints Ton"...SAINTS have a TON of authority when it comes to giving the church permission to do things.

sounds like saction..so a saction of people APPROVING YOUR PLAN.

a sanctioned nation must be approved by UN vote.

S(Yes)+ Action


Short Definition : place of refuge; shelter; shrine; holy place; Ex. The outlaw was granted sanctuary in the church.

(noun) a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept Definition
(noun) a shelter from danger or hardship
Synonyms : asylum refuge
(noun) area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
Synonyms : bema chancel
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sanctuary

remember wildlife sanctuary where animals take shelter, refuge n hence its a holy place

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sanctuary can be spelled as san+CHERY so "chery" can be regarded as church:a place where refuges take shelter.

sanctuary s a sanctioned place.

SANCTUARY or SANCTUM is an ASYLUM which is a place of refuge or retreat.


Short Definition : bloody; with much bloodshed

(adj) accompanied by bloodshed
Example Sentence
  • this bitter and sanguinary war
(adj) marked by eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed
Example Sentence
  • bloody-minded tyrants
  • bloodthirsty yells
  • went after the collaborators with a sanguinary fury that drenched the land with blood
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sanguinary

root word: "sangui" means blood.....so SANGUINARY means blood-thirsty

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sangu....in ...army....wen dere is army der will b war nd hence bloodshed

sanguinary rhymes with SANG(WITH)-ARMY.....there were more BLOODSHED when ashok attacks along WITH(sang) his ARMY...

She was angry & cut her artery.. So much blood..

sangeen naari = kill bill

SANGUINARY or GORY which are rhyming words also have the same meaning which is, blood-thirsty or full of bloodshed.

Imagine a penGUIN that is sanguinary to others who SANG, because he himself is not able to.

sanguinary=s+aang+urinary, some body parts which contain BLOOD

Sangui + (Merce)nary - BloodThirsty!

In tamil nary means fox. Imagine a nary killing animals for food

angui(angry) + nary(nari) >>> an angry lady will try and kill u and shed ur blood or can even cut her hand and shed her blood..

A nari(women) sang contineously in a sanguinary incident,,


Short Definition : optimistic; cheerful; hopeful; of the color of blood; red

(noun) a blood-red color Definition
(adj) confidently optimistic and cheerful Definition
(adj) inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
Synonyms : florid rubicund ruddy
Example Sentence
  • a ruddy complexion
  • Santa's rubicund cheeks
  • a fresh and sanguine complexion
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sanguine

SANGUINE is pronounced very much like "SANGEEN" in hindi which is usually referred with crime-"sangeen hatya" which shows serious murder with blood red colour...

break it like sang + vine, so wen u drink vine and singing song you feel cheerful, happy

Sanguine - Penguin : Kids cheer up when they see penguins .. Penguins are very cheerful and hopeful (Ref the movie "Happy Feet")

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sangui root means blood.i like a girl whose cheeks are sanguine and i find her very sanguine(cheerful)

he is SANGUINE (confident) that the jewellery he has bought is GENUINE

Sang+queen(guine). When queen sing we feel cheerful

Sang+uine---- sang unitely: means when we sing in unity we are cheerful and full of energy

sanguine = sing+win .. when do u sing and what do you do wen u win .. becom cheerful !

Break it as Sang Ui UINE = Sing we will win/... \m/

sangu(sangu bhai or sanjay dutt...indian actor) is very CHEERFUL,CONFIDENT AND OPTIMISTIC.

Looks like sangria, which makes you happy.

COn"Sanguine" in local language is "Gothram", so related to blood relations. So any word with sanguine is related to blood.


Short Definition : diminish; weaken; undermine the foundations of (a fortification); Ex. The element kryptonite sapped his strength.

(noun) a watery solution of sugars, salts, and minerals that circulates through the vascular system of a plant Definition
(noun) a person who lacks good judgment Definition
(noun) a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle; used for hitting people
Synonyms : blackjack cosh
(verb) deplete
Example Sentence
  • exhaust one's savings
  • We quickly played out our strength
(verb) excavate the earth beneath
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sap

If you slap(sap) someone you diminish his dignity..

Swallow A Power abbreviated to 'SAP'

sap sounds like zap.. zap means to kill or terminate..

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if u don't spend time for nap u'll become sap

SAP and RELAPSE. A RELAPSE of an illness SAPS your strength, undermines your constitution, weakens your body.


Short Definition : cutting ironic remark; scornful remarks; stinging rebuke; ADJ. sarcastic

(noun) witty language used to convey insults or scorn
Example Sentence
  • he used sarcasm to upset his opponent
  • irony is wasted on the stupid
  • Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sarcasm

remember "SARCASTIC" same...

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Now i will give u one funny way to remember.Relate it with 'sarkar' which means the government and the people who r associated with it always make scornful remarks in witty way against the opposition!

surcasm means surcastic... sur"cast"ic - fight among casts uses scornful wits sometimes.

SARCASM and CYNICISM are similar sounding words which refer to an ironically scornful language.

what we SA(T)y in IRE is what SATIRE means


Short Definition : scornfully mocking; disdainful; sarcastic; cynical; Ex. sardonic smile

(adj) disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking
Example Sentence
  • his rebellion is the bitter, sardonic laughter of all great satirists
  • a wry pleasure to be...reminded of all that one is missing
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sardonic

sorry to comment but.. remember sardarji always people mock at them making jokes. so remember as sardonic


saridon (famous medicine for headache in India) : If everybody around you criticise you , then you will get headache ... take saridon

sardonic is divided into sar: which means head in hindi and donic can be regarded as "down" so HEAD DOWN which means scornfully mocking on others.

Just remember the statement."SARdarjiko DONI ne Comment kiya" ..Just remember the caps in the statement which gives the word and statement meaning!

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SARDONIC or SARCASTIC is to make curt or ironic remarks. To be cutting or rude to someone.


Short Definition : pertaining to tailors or tailoring; Ex. a man of great sartorial elegance; CF. sartor: tailor

(adj) of or relating to the sartorius muscle Definition
(adj) of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for sartorial

sounds like sari tore and you need a tailor to fix it, thus sartorial pertains to tailoring

shirt+(making)+(tuto)rial so, pertaining to tailors or tailoring

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sarTORIAL rearrange TAILOR

SARTORIAL refers to APPAREL (garment) making, tailoring of garments.

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