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unassailable

Short Definition : not open to attack; impregnable; not subject to question

Definition
(adj) immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with
Example Sentence
  • an impregnable fortress
  • fortifications that made the frontier inviolable
  • a secure telephone connection
Definition
(adj) impossible to assail
Synonyms : untouchable
Definition
(adj) without flaws or loopholes
Example Sentence
  • an ironclad contract
  • a watertight alibi
  • a bulletproof argument
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unassailable

a boat can be made to change direction by changing direction of SAIL. so one who is unassailable cannot be changed or questioned or attacked or tampered with.it remains as it it

synonyms:.....incontrovertible authoritative indubitable irrefutable trustworthy unambiguous unequivocal

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(un as sail able)->as sailed long not open to attack, cannot to question. No loop wholes

UNASSAILABLE and INVULNERABLE...that cannot be harmed.

assail means to attack so unassailable means unattackable

unassuming

Short Definition : modest; Ex. the champion's unassuming manner

Definition
(adj) not arrogant or presuming
Synonyms : retiring
Example Sentence
  • unassuming to a fault, skeptical about the value of his work
  • a shy retiring girl
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unassuming

assuming means very forward, arrogant. unassuming is opposite of it which is modest.

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one assume that he has property power a full show off. one who do ont assume is modest sort of down to earth

Unassuming (modest) is the opposite of flaunting (making a show of).

un assume any value for the variable to calculate mod est

unbridled

Short Definition : violent; uncontrolled; Ex. unbridled rage/greed

Definition
(adj) not restrained or controlled
Example Sentence
  • unbridled rage
  • an unchecked temper
  • ungoverned rage
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unbridled

unbridled - bridle is hand gear of horse...imagine if horse is unbridled... it is violent.........

(unbridled ~ un + bride) focus on bride; a bride should be in a husband's control, if not then she is UNBRIDLED (not in control)

unbridle - u can quickly remember bridal or bride and so you think about marriage and barat (where the relatives dance) ... every body was drunk and hence the situation became voilent and uncontrollable..

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UN(not)+BRIDEled(bride means girl on her marriage day)...people who don't have brides are uncontrolled....

Some say that even a uncontrollable and violent person will turn to be good once he gets married with bride

unbridled ===> like a bride. In hindu wedding, the bride at the end suddenly gets a VIOLENT fit n starts crying.

think of bride and marriage. when ur marital relation gets 'violent' then you un-bride i.e u divorce

un-bridled un-pride without manner, without control.

Unbridled and kindled. His unbridled rage was further kindled by his sister.

bridle means torestrain or curb.so, unbridled means not restrained or violent

uncanny

Short Definition : strange; mysterious; Ex. uncanny knack

Definition
(adj) suggesting the operation of supernatural influences
Synonyms : eldritch unearthly weird
Example Sentence
  • an eldritch screech
  • the three weird sisters
  • stumps...had uncanny shapes as of monstrous creatures
  • an unearthly light
  • he could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din
Definition
(adj) surpassing the ordinary or normal
Synonyms : preternatural
Example Sentence
  • Beyond his preternatural affability there is some acid and some steel
  • his uncanny sense of direction
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for uncanny

un + cann(CAN'T).....something which you CAN'T understand and explain, is always mysterious to you.

Uncanny... un + kahi... kuch unkahi, kuch unsuni batein jo dil mein khauf paida kar de, woh UNCANNY (the supernatural) kehlatien hai.

uncanny=u r nanni(grandmom)...............u r nanni use to tell u uncanny stories of her childhood ehich were very strange and mystrerious.....:)......;)

UNder CANYon ... is a strange, mysterious.

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Uncanny...un + kahi...kuch unkahi, kuch unsuni batein jo dil mein khauf paida kar de woh UNCANNY (supernatural) kehlati hain.

canyon ... is a mysterious place

What is in the can?? It's a mystery.

 Un+granny…i.e something not explainable by granny is mysterious..

It is uncanny that the ‘canny’ is not opposite of ‘uncanny’

CUNNY means something strange and mysterious

unceremonious

Short Definition : not done politely without due formalities

Definition
(adj) without ceremony or formality
Synonyms : unceremonial
Example Sentence
  • an unceremonious speech
Definition
(adj) without due formalities
Example Sentence
  • unceremonious dismissal from office
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unceremonious

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un+ceremony meaning without ceremony.. doing something without a ceremony ie without formality

Unceremonious (undignified) and ostentatious (a showy display to impress people)... both words have the same sound and they refer to arrogance.

unconscionable

Short Definition : unscrupulous; not guided by conscience; excessive; beyond reason; Ex. unconscionable demand

Definition
(adj) lacking a conscience
Synonyms : conscienceless
Example Sentence
  • a conscienceless villain
  • brash, unprincipled, and conscienceless
  • an unconscionable liar
Definition
(adj) greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
Example Sentence
  • exorbitant rent
  • extortionate prices
  • spends an outrageous amount on entertainment
  • usurious interest rate
  • unconscionable spending
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unconscionable

unconscionable is un + conscio + nable...and conscience means to know what is morally acceptable but unconscious means not aware of the acceptable amount and therefore the same as unconscionable.

Unconscionable is the same as immeasurable... something that is beyond compare... uncomparable.

un(not)+con(considering)+science(logic/reason). so unconscience means beyond reason or not guided by logic(science)

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2012 is the end of world is a UN CONdition SCIence report. Not right or reasonable

uncouth

Short Definition : boorish; clumsy in speech or behavior; outlandish

Definition
(adj) lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
Example Sentence
  • he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind
  • behavior that branded him as common
  • an untutored and uncouth human being
  • an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy
  • appealing to the vulgar taste for violence
  • the vulgar display of the newly rich
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for uncouth

UNCOUTH - UN(not)-C(courteous)-OUTH(youth)

UN+Cultured+Youth

COUTH sounds like COURT so a court always supports ethic. So a person is said UNCOUTH if he does UNETHICAL things something like SOCIALLY UNACCEPTABLE THINGS

un mouth... (speech - mouth)

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sounds like UNCOUCH..a person who doesn't(un) sit on the couch is uncultured..

un-COW-th youth herding cows n buffaloes, lives in village hence outlandish, ill mannered

Uncouth...uncouth + youth... the uncouth youth, an unrefined, boorish young man.

un mouth ~ jo apna moo na band rakh sakey ~ boorish

UN(not) wearing cloth(COUTH) means lacks culture

un mouth -> opened the mouth and gave vulgar & clumsy talk.

unction

Short Definition : the act of anointing with oil; Ex. extreme unction

Definition
(noun) excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm
Synonyms : fulsomeness smarm
Definition
(noun) smug self-serving earnestness Definition
(noun) semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
Synonyms : balm ointment salve unguent
Definition
(noun) anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
Synonyms : inunction
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unction

sounds like function where anointing with oil is done

jab junction becomes stiff u have to unction..

unction: (f)unction of applying oil to boobs ;)

un section(ction) -> undress cit on and apply oil to each section of body.

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Unction and redemption (saving from sin).

unction rhymes with function, consider a religious function in which generally oil is used for anointment.

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