Difficult Words : Exemplify, Exasperate, Exhaustive, Exhort, Exigency and Existential
Exemplify (ig ZEM pluh FYE) v: to illustrate by example, to serve as a good example
Fred participated in every class discussion and typed all of these papers. His teacher thought Fred exemplified the model student. Fred's classmates thought Fred was sycophantic.
An exemplar is an ideal model or a paradigm. Exemplary means out-standing or worthy of imitation.
Exhaustive (ig ZAWS tiv) adj: thorough, rigorous, complete, painstaking
Before you use a parachute, you should examine it exhaustively for defects. Once you jump, your decision is irrevocable.
Exhort (ig ZAWRT) v: to urge strongly, to give a serious warning to
The coach used his bullhorn to exhort us to try harder.
The fearful forest ranger exhorted us not to go into the cave, but we did so anyway and became lost in the center of the earth.
Exigency (EK si jen see) n: an emergency, an urgency
An academic exigency: You haven't opened a book all term and the final is tomorrow morning.
Exigent means urgent.
Existential (EG zi STEN shul) adj: having to do with existence, having to do with the body of thought called existentialism, which basically holds that human beings are responsible for their own actions but is otherwise too complicated to summarize in a single sentence.
This word is overused but misunderstood by virtually all of the people who use it. Unless you have a very good reason for throwing it around, you should probably avoid it.