Difficult Words :

Usurp and Urbane





Difficult Words : Usurp and Urbane

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Urbane (ur BANE) adj: poised, sophisticated, refined

The British count was witty and urbane. All the hosts and hostesses wanted to have him at their parties.

The new magazine was far too urbane to appeal to a wide audience outside of the big cities.

Urbanity is a quality more often acquired in an urban setting than in a rural one.




Usurp (yoo SURP) v: to seize wrongfully

The children believed that their mother's new boyfriend had usurped their real father's rightful place in their family.

The founder's scheming young nephew usurped a position of power in the company.



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