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Short Definition : oily; bland; insincerely suave

(adj) unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
Example Sentence
  • buttery praise
  • gave him a fulsome introduction
  • an oily sycophantic press agent
  • oleaginous hypocrisy
  • smarmy self-importance
  • the unctuous Uriah Heep
  • soapy compliments
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unctuous

unctuous -> functuous -> party like ... in parties girls do a lot of oily makeup and try to appear and behave sauve but in my opinion they look and behave in a bland way.



untukodam...sticky, oily...!!!

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My UNCLE is unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech TO US.

Unctous and sanctimonous are similar in sound and they mean, hypocritical, insincere.

Word Root:Unctuosus means greasy

un+ctu+ous= un sit ous -> undress made sit ous for oil massage and flatter the angry customer.

his unctuous behaviour makes me anxious


Short Definition : lying below; fundamental

(adj) in the nature of something though not readily apparent
Synonyms : implicit in inherent
Example Sentence
  • shortcomings inherent in our approach
  • an underlying meaning
(adj) located beneath or below Definition
(adj) being or involving basic facts or principles
Example Sentence
  • the fundamental laws of the universe
  • a fundamental incomatibility between them
  • these rudimentary truths
  • underlying principles
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for underlying

Underlying...under + lying...something that is LYING UNDER another material as a support...can be termed as underlying.


Short Definition : weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneath

(verb) destroy property or hinder normal operations
Example Sentence
  • The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war
(verb) hollow out as if making a cave or opening
Synonyms : cave
Example Sentence
  • The river was caving the banks
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for undermine

UNDERMINE ....Minining under the earth would GRADUALLY WEAKEN strength of soil and rock

undermine = under + mind(e). am loosin confidence or will (mind). so when am loosing confidence i ll work UNDER MY capacity. so undermine = gradually reducing

we say to somebody "you are UNDER MY (mine) control" infact we are weakening him...!!!

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undermine+inside mine..the people going inside the mines become weaker as they have to travel long inside the earth

Undermine and mine... in both words, you are refering to ... caving in or making a hollow.

guys vivid meaning for this word has been given in http://www.yourdictionary.com/fiasco#..do refer this


Short Definition : underline; emphasize

(noun) a line drawn underneath (especially under written matter)
Synonyms : underline
(verb) give extra weight to (a communication)
Example Sentence
  • Her gesture emphasized her words
(verb) draw a line or lines underneath to call attention to
Synonyms : underline
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for underscore

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underscore means the special character '_' which we use to EMPHASIZE special words.

my teacher use to say....UNDERline the important terms in your answer(since it indicates the EMPHASIS of ur answer ) if u wanna SCORE better marks in the final xam.......:)

Low score underscores the need of more effort for more score.


Short Definition : state with less truth than seems warranted by the facts; Ex. He understated the seriousness of the crime; N. understatement; OP. overstate

(verb) represent as less significant or important
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for understate

under(below(less)) + state(significant)= less significant or

Understate and seperate... Some of the points in the meeting had been UNDERSTATED, as though, they did not belong, and were SEPERATE (different) from the main issue.


Short Definition : funeral director; one whose business is to arrange burials

(noun) one whose business is the management of funerals
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for undertaker

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the undertaker is the one who takes you buried under the ground.

Undertaker... The Undertaker and Pallbearer (one who carries the coffin) together created history in the WWF (World Wrestling Federation, now WWE) fight arena.



Short Definition : dig up; discover (facts) by careful searching; Ex. He unearthed some secrets about her; OP. conceal

(verb) bring to light
Example Sentence
  • The CIA unearthed a plot to kill the President
(verb) recover through digging
Synonyms : excavate
Example Sentence
  • Schliemann excavated Troy
  • excavate gold
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unearth

un(not)+earth the minerals which are not present in surface of earth is find BY DIGGING

unearth- under earth - for learning what is under earth researcher dig up

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Unearth... The Archeologists UNEARTHED articles WORTH a million from the excavation site.


Short Definition : not earthly; supernatural; weird; ghostly

(adj) concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul
Synonyms : spiritual
Example Sentence
  • a spiritual approach to life
  • spiritual fulfillment
  • spiritual values
  • unearthly love
(adj) suggesting the operation of supernatural influences
Synonyms : eldritch uncanny 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
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unearthly

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unearthly - un+earthly, something that is not on earth is supernatural...

Unearthly has opposing meanings. It can refer to divinity, as well as to the ghostly.

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