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Word power Made Easy - Session 29


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diaphanous
So thin as to transmit light
negligees
A loose dressing gown for women
tyro
Someone new to a field or activity
virtuoso
Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
termagant
A scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
harridan
A scolding old woman
homonym
pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings
homophone
pronounced the same way but differ in meaning
paternal
Belonging to one's father
maternal
Belonging to or inherited from one's mother
patrimony
An inheritance coming by right of birth
matrimony
spousal relationship
patriarch
The male head of family or tribe
matriarch
A female head of a family or tribe
patrician
Befitting a person of noble origin
patronize
treat like a child
patronymic
derived from a personal or family name
paterfamilias
The male head of family or tribe
padre
(military) a chaplain in one of the military services
mater
An informal use of the Latin word for mother
maternity
The state of being pregnant
matron
A woman in charge of nursing in a medical institution
alma mater
school you graduated from
patricide
A person who murders their father
matricide
A person who murders their mother
suicide
A person who kills himself intentionally
fratricide
A person who murders their brother or sister
infanticide
A person who murders an infant
parricide
a person who kills his or her parent
sororicide
A person who kills their sister
uxoricide
A husband who murders his wife
homicide
The killing of a human being by another human being
manslaughter
Homicide without malice aforethought
regicide
The act of killing a king
genocide
The systematic killing of people on the basis of ethnicity, religion, political opinion, social status, etc.