Learning English

Word: Consummate

Consummate (Adjective)

Sentence with Context:

“At times, Harvest reads like a long prose poem; it plays on the ear like a river of words. But then again, Jim Crace is a consummate wordsmith; his understanding of human nature is uncanny and he never drops a stitch from start to finish,” they said in their citation. “All human life is here: its graces and disgraces and there is life too in every small stone, flower and blade of grass.”

Source: www.theguardian.com

Meaning: Highly skilled and accomplished

Synonyms

Exemplary, Accomplished, Expert, Proficient, Ultimate, Gifted, Faultless

Antonyms

Amateur, Inexperienced, Unskilled, Unseasoned, Unprofessional

Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?

Imagine an expert consumer who is highly skilled at shopping and getting good deals. A consummate consumer!

You can also use the root words to remember. Both “consummate” and “summit” have the root word “summus” that is Latin for “summit” – the highest point. Imagine a consummate climber who has reached the summit of Mount Everest!

Difference between Consummate, the adjective and Consummate, the verb

Apart from being pronounced differently, the verb Consummate refers to:

(1) Completing a transaction or job

For example: The civil engineers consummated the building project.

(2) Making a marital union “complete” by having sexual intercourse

For example: Critics allege that Aisha was just six years old when she was betrothed to Muhammad, himself in his 50s, and only nine when the marriage was consummated.

Source: www.theguardian.com

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A consummate chef!!

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