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Short Definition : refuse to give; hold back; Ex. withholding tax

(verb) hold back; refuse to hand over or share
Synonyms : keep back
Example Sentence
  • The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room
(verb) retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
Synonyms : deduct recoup
Example Sentence
  • My employer is withholding taxes
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for withhold

with+hold....if you hold back the library book and refuse to return it on time...you are withholding it.


Short Definition : stand up against; resist successfully

(verb) resist or confront with resistance
Synonyms : defy hold hold up
Example Sentence
  • The politician defied public opinion
  • The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
  • The bridge held
(verb) stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for withstand

With + stand...you firmly stand your ground (withstand) even though there is strong opposition.


Short Definition : lacking intelligence or wit; foolish; idiotic

(adj) (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for witless

witless = WITh LESS brain, means foolish

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wit(clever perception)+less....a person lacking the ability to percieve things cleverly.

think of WITTU oru wittum ellatha jeevidam endhu maduppanu????? really stupid one


Short Definition : witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)

(noun) a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
Synonyms : humor humour wit wittiness
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for witticism

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Witticism rhymes with critisism. Witticism is a clever remark and critisism is a critical remark, pointing of a fault.

witch will make clever joking remark about her magic

"cis" means to cut... to cut something, you must be sharp so witticisms are sharply witty.


Short Definition : sorcery; magic

(noun) exceptional creative ability
Synonyms : genius
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wizardry

focus the word Wizard...similar as a software PARTITION WIZARD..which is same as partition MAGIC. Hence its a MAGIC

Wizardry is the same as sorcery... a wizard is a person who performs sorcery (magic).


Short Definition : shriveled; withered; Ex. wizened apple/old lady

(adj) lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
Example Sentence
  • the old woman's shriveled skin
  • he looked shriveled and ill
  • a shrunken old man
  • a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws
  • he did well despite his withered arm
  • a wizened little man with frizzy grey hair
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wizened

wizened - old people are experienced and WISE... and they are FEEBLE, WEAK, they SHRIVEL, WITHER

wizened = wise+end wise (old) people reach their end as death & their body decays

relate it to the word WISE... think of a lady who has gained wisdom as she has aged and grown old and shriveled up.

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widened <-- --> wizened --> <-- get it??

YZend...when you have Y,Z written on your face as tatoo, you faace is WIZENED

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