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    Occasinally when I come across Perfect English phrases/sentences, I send them to this post.
    Any brothers/sisters can join and add what they come across.

    I start with these vocabularies:

    Transmogrify verb (used with object)
    To change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.
    metamorphose, transfigure, transmogrify
    Change completely the nature or appearance of:
    A person metamorphoses into a bug.
    The treatment and diet transfigured her into a beautiful young woman.
    Jesus was transfigured after his resurrection.
    More general: change by reversal, turn, reverse

    Transmute verb
    To change something completely, especially into something different and better:
    A few centuries ago alchemists thought they could transmute lead into gold.
    SPECIALIZED Plutonium transmutes into/to uranium when it is processed in a nuclear reactor.

    Metamorphose verb
    To change into a completely different form or type:
    The awkward boy I knew had metamorphosed into a tall, confident man.
    Metamorphosis a complete change:
    Under the new editor, the magazine has undergone a metamorphosis.

    Ameliorate verb [T] FORMAL
    To make a bad or unpleasant situation better:
    Foreign aid is badly needed to ameliorate the effects of the drought.

    Pejorative adjective FORMAL
    Disapproving or suggesting that something is not good or is of no importance:
    Make sure students realise that 'fat' is an unflattering or pejorative word.
    It comes as quite a shock to still hear a judge describing a child as 'illegitimate', with all the pejorative overtones of that word.

    noun [C usually singular] FORMAL
    Something which some people are able or allowed to do or have, but which is not
    possible or allowed for everyone:
    Alex makes all the big decisions - that's his prerogative as company director.
    Skiing used to be the prerogative of the rich, but now a far wider range of people do it.
    The Royal Prerogative (= the special rights of the ruling king or queen)

    Mollify verb [T]
    To make someone less angry or upset:
    I tried to mollify her by giving her flowers.

    illusion noun
    1 [C or U] an idea or belief which is not true:
    He had no illusions about his talents as a singer.
    I'm under no illusions (= I understand the truth) about the man I married.
    My boss is labouring under the illusion that (= wrongly believes that) the project
    will be completed on time.
    2 [C] something that is not really what it seems to be:
    A large mirror in a room can create the illusion of space.
    The impression of calm in the office is just an illusion.
    illusory adjective (ALSO illusive) FORMAL
    Not real; based on illusion:
    Their hopes of a peaceful solution turned out to be illusory.

    Hubris often indicates being out of touch with reality and overestimating
    One's own competence or capabilities, especially for people in positions of
    Hubris noun [U] LITERARY
    Very great pride and belief in your own importance:
    He was punished for his hubris.
    Sentimental in a feeble or sickly way

    Mawkish adjective
    Showing emotion or love in an awkward or foolish way:
    The film lapses into mawkish sentimentality near the end.
    A mawkish poem
    Having a faint sickly flavour
    The mawkish smell of warm beer

    Nonplussed adjective
    Surprised, confused and not certain how to react:
    I was completely nonplussed by his reply.

    (government by) a small group of powerful people
    oligarch noun [C]
    One of the people in an oligarchy

    Enamoured liking a lot
    I have to say i'm not exactly enamoured with/of this part the country.

    Intimate (suggest) to make clear what you think or want without stating it directly.

    Malinger - to pretend to be ill in order to avoid having to work.

    Flatter to deceive
    To give the appearance of being better than the true situation.
    I suspect these statistics flatter to deceive.

    There but for the grace of God (go I) something that you say which means
    something bad that has happened to someone else could have happened to
    When you hear about all these people who've lost all this money, you
    can't help thinking there but for the grace of God go I.

    If you burn your bridges, you do something that makes it impossible to go
    back from the position you have taken.
    Burning your bridges behind you (treating people badly so they won't want to
    help you in the future

    The emperor has no clothes on: The title is often used to describe a situation
    in which people are afraid to criticize something because everyone else
    seems to think it is good or important.

    Odious adjective FORMAL
    Extremely unpleasant; causing and deserving hate:
    An odious crime
    An odious little man.

    Odium noun [U] FORMAL
    Hate and strong disapproval

    Tractable adjective FORMAL
    Easily dealt with, controlled or persuaded:
    The problem turned out to be rather less tractable than I had expected.

    Supplant verb [T]
    To replace:
    In most offices, the typewriter has now been supplanted by the computer.
    Small children can often feel supplanted (in their parents' affections) (= that
    their parents no longer like them as much) when a new brother or sister is

    Rapprochement noun (rap-proshmor)
    (an) agreement reached by opposing groups or people:
    There are signs of (a) rapprochement between the warring factions.

    supercilious adjective DISAPPROVING
    behaving as if or showing that you think that you are better than other people,
    and that their opinions, beliefs or ideas are not important:
    He spoke in a haughty, supercilious voice.

    nebulous adjective
    (especially of ideas) unclear and lacking form:
    She has a few nebulous ideas about what she might like to do in the future,
    but nothing definite.

    Impossible to satiate or satisfy: an insatiable appetite; an insatiable hunger
    for knowledge.

    cast (DOUBT)
    1 cast doubt/suspicion on sb/sth to make people feel less sure
    about or have less trust in something or someone:
    New evidence has cast doubt on the guilty verdict.
    2 FORMAL cast apersions on sb/sth to make critical or damaging
    remarks or judgments about someone or something:
    His opponents cast aspersions on his patriotism.

    Tub-thumping adjective [before noun]
    describes a style of speaking which is forceful or violent:
    a tub-thumping speech/campaigner

    Rancour UK, noun
    A feeling of hate and continuing anger about something in the past:
    They cheated me, but I feel no rancour towards/against them.

    Pending adjective
    about to happen or waiting to happen:
    There were whispers that a deal was pending.
    The pending releases of the prisoners are meant to create a climate for negotiation.
    pending preposition FORMAL
    used to say that one thing must wait until another thing happens:
    The identity of the four people was not made public, pending (the) notification
    of relatives.
    Flights were suspended pending (an) investigation of the crash.

    Kickback noun [C]
    An amount of money that is paid to someone illegally in exchange for secret
    help or work

    Mixed bag noun [S]
    A range of different things or people:
    There's a real mixed bag of people on the course.

    Marauding adjective [before noun]
    Going from one place to another killing or using violence, stealing and destroying:
    Witnesses reported gangs of marauding soldiers breaking into people's
    houses and setting fire to them.

    Swingeing adjective UK FORMAL
    Extreme and having a serious and unpleasant effect:
    We are going to have to make swingeing cuts in the budget.

    Draconian adjective FORMAL
    describes laws, government actions, etc. which are unreasonably severe;
    going beyond what is right or necessary:
    draconian laws/methods

    Laudable - worthy of high praise a laudable effort.

    Deserving rebuke or censure; blameworthy. Ope

  • #2
    jazakAllah brother

    thanks for sharing
    yum not that good in it
    میں نےجو کیا وہ برا کیا،میں نے خود کو خود ہی تباہ کیا

    جو تجھے پسند ہو میرے رب،مجھے اس ادا کی تلاش ہے


    • #3
      Very nice post brother...
      ایک ھوں مسلم حرم کی پاسبانی کے لیے
      نیل کے سا حل سے لے کرتابخاکِ کاشغر