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unguent

Short Definition : ointment

Definition
(noun) semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
Synonyms : balm ointment salve unction
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Ungent if rephrased as urgent can be used as, say, 'There is an urgent need for the ointment (ungent).

ung(body in hindi)+bent(injury) = unguent--> so u need ointment

its easy. ointment is a cermony that marks a kid becoming a man. a kid or an UN-GENT. get it?

synonyms:.... analgesic, application, balsam, cerate, compound, cream, demulcent, dressing, embrocation, emollient, formula, lotion, medicine, ointment, potion, poultice, preparation, prescription, salve, soother, soothing agent, unction, unguent

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p+Ungent..ointments have pungent smell

Unguent can be broken as Un+gue...Now in hindi joo is a leech in the hair which causes irritation and itching...So joo can be removed by using an ointment..

unguent can be spelt as urgent which means fast.now when a surface is slick or oily any object slides on it with speed.therefore, unguent = urgent = speedy = oily = ointment

in hindi "anjan" means a medicine. so u can remember unguent means anjan/ointment

anju(unju) ent doctor told to apply ointment in broken tooth.

uniformity

Short Definition : sameness; monotony; ADJ. uniform: the same all over

Definition
(noun) a condition in which everything is regular and unvarying Definition
(noun) the quality of lacking diversity or variation (even to the point of boredom)
Synonyms : uniformness
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Uniformity and superficiality have the same sounds and they mean, something that does not change, is monotonous.

unilateral

Short Definition : one-sided; involving or affecting only one side; Ex. unilateral declaration

Definition
(adj) involving only one part or side
Synonyms : one-sided
Example Sentence
  • unilateral paralysis
  • a unilateral decision
Definition
(adj) tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unilateral

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Unilateral and Bilateral have the same sounds but they are opposite in meaning. Unilateral means to involve one part while bilateral is the involvement of two parties.

lateral means side.

unimpeachable

Short Definition : that cannot be impeached; beyond doubt or question; blameless and exemplary

Definition
(adj) beyond doubt or reproach
Example Sentence
  • an unimpeachable source
Definition
(adj) free of guilt; not subject to blame
Example Sentence
  • has lived a blameless life
  • of irreproachable character
  • an unimpeachable reputation
Definition
(adj) completely acceptable; not open to exception or reproach
Synonyms : unexceptionable
Example Sentence
  • two unexceptionable witnesses
  • a judge's ethics should be unexceptionable
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unimpeachable

un+im+peach+able. peach sounds like "bleach" which means to whiten or to increase glow. so impeach means to decrease glow or accuse. so unimpeach means peach which is whiten or increasing glow or not accusing. having no doubts.

: impeach means to doubt or question, unimpeachable means that cannot be doubted

to PREACH is to BLAME some one or lecture them. so "unimPEACHable" is the antonym.

UNIM(not)+SPEAKABLE....when you cannot speak about a thing, its beyond question

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IF u eat peach there will be stain on ur shirt so question raised.Thus unimpeachable means no question raised i.e blameless

Un+I+M+PEEachable, I haven't pee over there ao I am blameless

Unimpeachable and infallible sound the same and they both mean, incapable of being wrong, blameless.

UMPIREs are unimpechable

uninhibited

Short Definition : unrepressed; free in behavior and feelings

Definition
(adj) not inhibited or restrained
Example Sentence
  • uninhibited exuberance
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UN(not)INHIBIT(to put down by force or authority).....thus uninhibited means free in behaviour and feelings or unrestrained

Uninhibited and liberated have similar sounds and they both mean, unrestrained.

unique

Short Definition : without an equal; single in kind

Definition
(adj) radically distinctive and without equal
Example Sentence
  • he is alone in the field of microbiology
  • this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem
  • Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint
  • craftsmen whose skill is unequaled
  • unparalleled athletic ability
  • a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history
Definition
(adj) (followed by `to') applying exclusively to a given category or condition or locality
Example Sentence
  • a species unique to Australia
Definition
(adj) the single one of its kind
Synonyms : singular
Example Sentence
  • a singular example
  • the unique existing example of Donne's handwriting
  • a unique copy of an ancient manuscript
  • certain types of problems have unique solutions
Definition
(adj) highly unusual or rare but not the single instance
Example Sentence
  • spoke with a unique accent
  • had unique ability in raising funds
  • a frankness unique in literature
  • a unique dining experience
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unique

Unique and Alike are opposite words. While unique means something original, alike refers to something that is similar.

unison

Short Definition : unity of pitch (in musical performance); complete accord; Ex. The choir sang in unison.

Definition
(noun) corresponding exactly
Example Sentence
  • marching in unison
Definition
(noun) occurring together or simultaneously
Example Sentence
  • the two spoke in unison
Definition
(noun) (music) two or more sounds or tones at the same pitch or in octaves
Example Sentence
  • singing in unison
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UNI for same; SON (comes from SONUS=SOUND)

Unity of sound is unison(means harmony)

Unison and Union have similar sounds and they both mean, to be in harmony.

a parent with 2 sons have a lot of quarrels at home. 2 sons never get along, no harmony, no accord. suppose a parent talks to another parent with uni + son ! only 1 son? Total accordance

SYNONYMS:.....UNISON=conjunction cooperation reciprocity accordance agreement community alliance

Union(unison) people shout together for a strike.

universal

Short Definition : characterizing or affecting all; general; present everywhere; of the universe; cosmic; Ex. universal agreement; Ex. a subject of universal interest

Definition
(noun) (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages Definition
(noun) (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class Definition
(noun) a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings
Example Sentence
  • some form of religion seems to be a human universal
Definition
(noun) coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions
Synonyms : universal joint
Example Sentence
  • in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps
Definition
(adj) of worldwide scope or applicability
Example Sentence
  • an issue of cosmopolitan import
  • the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time
  • universal experience
Definition
(adj) applicable to or common to all members of a group or set
Example Sentence
  • the play opened to universal acclaim
  • rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys
Definition
(adj) adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations
Example Sentence
  • universal wrench
  • universal chuck
  • universal screwdriver
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for universal

Universal and General sound the same and both words refer to something that is present everywhere, is common.

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