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Word: Pique

Pronunciation: \ˈpēk\

Theme: Humility and ego

Meaning: feeling of irritation or anger when someone annoys you 

Sentence: In a fit of pique, the teacher walked out of the classroom.


Word: Hubris

Pronunciation: \ˈhyü-brəs\

Theme: Humility and ego

Meaning: exaggerated levels of pride or confidence 

Sentence: Tina’s self-assured hubris was shaken when the results were out. While she was confident of making it to the top, she was shocked to see that she didn’t even qualify.


Word: Abyss

Theme: Large and small, High and Low, More and Less

Meaning: a deep hole or vast space that cannot be measured

Pronunciation: \ə-ˈbis\

Sentence: In the deep dark night, looking down from the terrace of the high-rise building, she felt that she was looking into an abyss.


Word: Pestle

Theme: Industry and production

Meaning: a hard tool with a rounded end used for crushing and pounding substances, usually in a deep bowl called a mortar 

Pronunciation: \ˈpe-səl\

Sentence: The chef uses a mortar and pestle to crush all spices. He believes it adds an authentic flavor to the food.


Word: Emolument

Theme: Finance and commerce

Meaning: a salary or fee as a part of compensation or perquisites from office

Pronunciation: \i-ˈmäl-yə-mənt\

Sentence: Sam was expecting handsome emoluments for his project. He hoped to expand his business with the money.


Word: Lucre

Theme: Finance and commerce

Meaning: money or profit

Pronunciation: /ˈlo͞okər/

Sentence: Anna pursued her profession for lucre and not for passion.


Word: Eminence

Pronunciation: \ˈe-mə-nən(t)s\

Theme: Large and small, High and Low, More and Less

Meaning: being well-known and successful

Sentence: The professor’s eminence in the field of topography is well-known andhis maps are quite popular. 




This week's theme:





Part of Speech





  1. contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship
  2. related to letters


  1. An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic "documents" such as recordings and radio, blogs, and e-mails have also come into use. The epistolary form can add greater realism to a story, because it mimics the workings of real life. (source: Wikipedia)
  2. "As e-mail and SMS have increasingly become an integral part of communication, epistolary correspondence is on the wane.", from this news article on the reduced sales in Post Offices, when it comes to personal letter-based communication.

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