Set 21 – Five New Words for Jan 21

Theme – Words with variant spellings

1. durance

MEANING:
noun:
1. Endurance.
2. Imprisonment or confinement, especially a long one. (Often used in the phrase ‘durance vile’)

USAGE:
“The durance of a granite ledge.”

“And from that durance he is still waiting for release.”

2. suasion (SWAY-zhuhn)

MEANING:
noun: The act of urging: persuasion.
(Often used in the phrase ‘moral suasion’)

USAGE:
“He was so convinced by my arguments that he lent me his best riding-horse without further suasion.”

3. versal

MEANING:
adjective: Universal; whole.

USAGE:
“She looks as pale as any clout in the versal world.”

4. monish

MEANING:
verb tr.: To warn; to admonish.

USAGE:
“I believe that I have monished him with his greatest fears.”

5. complice (KOM-plis)

MEANING:
noun: An associate; accomplice.

USAGE:
“The Rhodesian army employed several methods to get information about the guerrillas and their complices.”

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