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vigil

Short Definition : keeping watch (during normal sleeping hours); Ex. all-night vigil

Definition
(noun) a period of sleeplessness Definition
(noun) the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
Synonyms : watch
Definition
(noun) a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
Synonyms : watch
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Sounds like "whistle". All through the night, watchmen keep a watch by blowing their whistles.

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vigil came from VIGILance...watchfullness

Vigil-watchful-to take care.

its difficult to maintain a vigIL when youre ILL

vigilant

Short Definition : watchful; on the alert; watchfully awake; alert to spot danger; N. vigilance

Definition
(adj) carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger
Example Sentence
  • a policy of open-eyed awareness
  • the vigilant eye of the town watch
  • there was a watchful dignity in the room
  • a watchful parent with a toddler in tow
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vigilant

VI-gi-LAN-t(vilan): vilan in movies are very WATCHFUL and ALERT of heros activities

vigil (is to watch carefully)+ ant. One who watches carefully.

In IGI game you have to be very vigilant...i.e. keep a careful watch..hope u r a gamer!!

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vigilant : hamara dost vigi [vicky] hamare office ke lan ka vigilant karata hai [care karata hai]

In harry potter mad eye moody always says "CONSTANT VIGILANCE"which means watch carefuly

In VIGILANT some part of it sounds like WHISTLE..so think like this who WHISTLES in the night a GURKA or WATCHMAN who doesn't sleep in the night the are wakeful n cautious

v+igi+lan+t—V(we) at IGI airport have to KEENLY ALERT AND WATCHFUL TO DETECT DANGER at LAN(local area network) of airport to protect it from getting hacked by hackers

Vigilant and prudent have the same sounds and meaning - to be on your guard.

An elephANT is very vigilANT when it comes to mice

vigilante

Short Definition : one who without authority assumes law enforcement powers

Definition
(noun) member of a vigilance committee
Synonyms : vigilance man
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vigilante

Vigilante (on vigil) and surveillance (close observation). Therefore, they have similar sounds and meaning.

vignette

Short Definition : small drawing placed at the beginning or end of a chapter; picture; short literary sketch; short written description of a character or scene

Definition
(noun) a brief literary description
Synonyms : sketch
Definition
(noun) a photograph whose edges shade off gradually Definition
(noun) a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vignette

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Sounds like "vignesha". At the beginning of every pooja, we make a small "vignesh" idol with turmeric. Similarly, there is a "vignette" before every chapter.

Used a palette in sketching a vignette

MTV roadies vignettes was a program to show l'il bit inside stuff of roadies i.e to give little description

vigor

Short Definition : active strength; energy; enthusiasm; ADJ. vigorous

Definition
(noun) forceful exertion
Synonyms : energy vigour zip
Example Sentence
  • he plays tennis with great energy
  • he's full of zip
Definition
(noun) active strength of body or mind Definition
(noun) an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing)
Example Sentence
  • his writing conveys great energy
  • a remarkable muscularity of style
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vigor

Igor is very enthusiastic

Vigor and rigor are similar in sound and they mean - severity, forcefulness.

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prabu is more enthusiasm(vigor) in cigar

people wear "v(W)IG" to hide their worn out,sterile style.

vile

Short Definition : despicable; unpleasant; disgusting; Ex. vile slander

Definition
(adj) morally reprehensible
Example Sentence
  • would do something as despicable as murder
  • ugly crimes
  • the vile development of slavery appalled them
  • a slimy little liar
Definition
(adj) causing or able to cause nausea
Example Sentence
  • a nauseating smell
  • nauseous offal
  • a sickening stench
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for vile

Take the E to the beginning of the word; it becomes evil ! ok

bile (indigestion ) leads to vile (stinky)

Vile and guile are rhyming words and they mean - treacherous, evil.

vile --> villain

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