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Short Definition : stinging; acrid; sharp in taste or smell; (of speech or writing) caustic; N. pungency

(adj) strong and sharp
Synonyms : acrid
Example Sentence
  • the pungent taste of radishes
  • the acrid smell of burning rubber

(adj) capable of wounding
Synonyms : barbed , biting , mordacious , nipping
Example Sentence
  • a barbed compliment
  • a biting aphorism
  • pungent satire

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for pungent

remember pug dog of vodafone. It's very stingy.
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by cp.jethani

pun + (negli)gent : As you know punning means playing with words. So if we pun negligently on others it may hurt/wound them.
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by Nagakishore

pun-punch+agent ,punch a agent he is strong and sharp
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by sunithreddy

Pungent: pun-gent: (pun) rhymes with (non) and (gent) rhymes with gentle. It means not gentle or sharp/strong: pungent criticism; pungent cheese.
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by shour


Short Definition : punishing; Ex. punitive measures

(adj) inflicting punishment
Synonyms : punitory
Example Sentence
  • punitive justice
  • punitive damages

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for punitive

pun, if misinterpreted, can lead to punishment
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by namaskar

PUNITive = Punish + It
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by Thisisnotme

punitive : pee in small units which will be a severe punishment
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by nsajan


Short Definition : tiny; weak; insignificant

(adj) inferior in strength or significance
Example Sentence
  • a puny physique
  • puny excuses

(adj) (used especially of persons) of inferior size
Synonyms : runty , shrimpy

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for puny

remember "pony" tail which is small and tiny.
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by cp.jethani

Remember "pony" which is a small horse likewise "puny" means tiny.
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by ravali@gre

rooney is puny when compared with messi
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by backstreetrover


Short Definition : secure grasp or hold; firm grasp or footing

(noun) the acquisition of something for payment
Example Sentence
  • they closed the purchase with a handshake

(noun) something acquired by purchase
(noun) a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage
Example Sentence
  • he could get no purchase on the situation

(noun) the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever
Synonyms : leverage

(verb) obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
Synonyms : buy
Example Sentence
  • The family purchased a new car
  • The conglomerate acquired a new company
  • She buys for the big department store

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for purchase

when you purchase something, that thing becomes forever yours and you have "a firm grasp or footing" on that thing.
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by vg86

Somebody is gaining advantage while chasing you for the purse you purchased from the mall and you should maintain a firm grasp on it
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by rooparam

In a purse chase, the theif should have a proper purchase on the stolen purse.
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by rahularoradce


Short Definition : place of spiritual expiation; temporary state or place in which the souls must expiate their sins

(noun) a temporary condition of torment or suffering
Example Sentence
  • a purgatory of drug abuse

(noun) (theology) in Roman Catholic theology the place where those who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment to expiate their sins
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for purgatory

purgatory = in Roman Catholic, it means a place where one has to experience suffering before he goes to heaven, so it is like a gate to heaven, purgatory = pure + gate, a gate to heaven which purifies you.
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by anudeep meka

PURGE (clean) dirty GATOR (alligator), producing clean animal.
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by Wiki

Pronounced as Purge Gay Tree .. If you have to purge your son's gay tree/partners, you have to encourage him to go to a purgatory (A place of spiritual expiation).
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by rahularoradce

PURGATORY - place/state where you PURGE UTTERLY of all sins
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by rkhapare


Short Definition : remove or get rid of something or someone unwanted; eliminate; free from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify (esp. of sin, guilt, or defilement); N.

(noun) the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
Synonyms : purgation , purging

(noun) an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
Synonyms : purging

(noun) an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
Example Sentence
  • he died in a purge by Stalin

(verb) oust politically
Example Sentence
  • Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime

(verb) clear of a charge
(verb) make pure or free from sin or guilt
Synonyms : purify , sanctify
Example Sentence
  • he left the monastery purified

(verb) rid of impurities
Example Sentence
  • purge the water
  • purge your mind

(verb) rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid
Synonyms : flush , scour
Example Sentence
  • flush the wound with antibiotics
  • purge the old gas tank

(verb) eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
Example Sentence
  • After drinking too much, the students vomited
  • He purged continuously
  • The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night

(verb) excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body)
Example Sentence
  • The doctor decided that the patient must be purged

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for purge

its the opposite of 'merge', merge means to mix something into another and purge means get rid of something.
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remove 'g'.. pure.. implies purge is to making it pure, clean
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by namaskar

Purge :- Pee if ur URGEnt and get rid of unwanted
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by nsajan

PURSE- things fall from purse daily
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by userdce

purge===urge to get purified
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by ramyameruva

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