The verb exemplify means to give a typical example of something.

Synonyms are demonstrate, illustrate, symbolize, or represent.

The word origins from Medieval Latin (early 15th century) exemplificare meaning “to illustrate”, from Latin exemplum meaning “example, pattern, model”. The meaning “to serve as an example” is recorded from 1793.

The teeth especially exemplify the carnivorous type.

The accessories exemplify your style and give you a lively look.

The designs exemplify refined elegance and feature fine fabrics and hand beading.


The noun profusion means there is a very large quantity or variety of something.

Synonyms are glut, outpouring, excess, or overflow.

The word origins from Middle French (16th century) profusion and directly from Late Latin profusionem meaning “a pouring out”, noun of action from past participle stem of profundere.

The street was a profusion of snowy dogwood and pink plumb and cherry blossoms.

Coco-nuts, cacao, bananas, mangoes and other tropical fruits are produced in profusion.

Wildflowers occur in great profusion and variety.


The adjective discordant means something that is strange or unpleasant because it does not fit in with other things.

Synonyms are cacophonous, clashing, dissonant, or divergent.

The word origins from Old French (late 14th century) descordant, present participle of descorder and directly from Latin discordare meaning “be at variance, differ, quarrel”, from discors meaning “disagreeing, disagreement”.

Her goal is discordant with ours.

The usual comments are harsh and discordant but many are still posting.

It is difficult to bring together a number of discordant elements.


The verb delineate means to describe something in detail and accurately (the outline, position, and the like).

Synonyms are define, trace, sketch, or portray.

The word origins from Latin (1550s) delineatus, past participle of delineare meaning “to sketch out”. Originating at de- meaning “completely” + lineare meaning “draw lines”, linea meaning “line”. In c. 1600, delineate was described as “represent pictorially” and in 1610s as “describe, represent to the mind or understanding, portray in words”.

I have a bad memory so it is hard for me to delineate things.

I don’t think this direction sketch is clearly delineated.

The boundaries were clearly delineated.


The noun deterrent means something that prevents someone from doing something by making them afraid of consequences.

Synonyms are restraint, obstacle, hindrance, or discouragement.

The word origins from Latin (1829) deterrentem, present participle of deterrere meaning “to frighten from, discourage from”. It comes from de meaning “away” plus terrere meaning “frighten, fill with fear”.

The minority celebrated the deterrent effect of the new law that was passed.

This is a serious deterrent to the country.

To protect them, iron-made doors are an effective deterrent.


The adjective capricious means often or sudden desire for change of mood, behavior or idea.

Synonyms are inconstant, inconsistent, impulsive or unpredictable.

The word origins from French (16th century) capricieux meaning “whimsical” and Italian capriccioso which is borrowed from capriccio.

He is known for having a capricious decision making.

I got allergies because of the capricious weather.

Fiona says that women are more capricious than men.


The adjective abstemious is someone who avoids doing something too much enjoyable such as eating food or drinking alcohol.

Synonyms are abstinent, restrained, austere, or frugal.

The word origins from Latin abstemius meaning “sober, temperate, abstaining from wine” and assimilated form of ab “off, away from” and stem of temetum meaning “strong drink” which is related to temulentus meaning “drunken”. 

She was very abstemious when it came to eating because she was determined to achieve that summer body with the diat.

I admire people who are abstemious eaters and drinkers.

Their family is known to be abstemious.


The noun deference means the gesture or respect that someone shows to a superior or an elder. This word also refers to the willingness to comply the wishes of another.

Synonyms are obedience, honor, yielding, or submission.

The word origins from French (16th century) déférence, borrowed from Middle French deference meaning “act of submitting” and deferer meaning “to yield, comply, or submit to another”. The word was first known to be used in 1660.

Sofia made sure not to wear revealing clothes when visiting her grandparents, to show deference.

In deference to my boss’ wishes, I worked overnight for a week.

She showed a pleasant deference to the old man by speaking politely and a bit louder as he can’t hear well.