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Unlike the obsolete phone chargers and otiose kitchen gadgets you might want to purge from your junk drawer, these words will serve a purpose in your vocabulary.

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  1. antiquated
    so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
    As print products become more and more antiquated, is part of what keeps them going that we like to share them on social media?
  2. cathartic
    emotionally purging
    “There was something cathartic and something wonderful about the fact that he ran away from it,” he acknowledges.
  3. discard
    anything that is cast aside
    The confetti thrown at midnight is made from recycled material that would otherwise be discarded, and all of it is biodegradable.
  4. dispose
    give, sell, or transfer to another
    Recycling will be made less confusing for households, and manufacturers will need to foot the cost of disposing of the goods they produce.
  5. divest
    cease to hold, as an investment
    Trouble is, the older you get the less likely it is that you will deal with divesting yourself of all that stuff.
  6. extraneous
    not belonging to that in which it is contained
    Keep the manual and warranty, and recycle all extraneous information.
  7. obsolete
    no longer in use
    However, the rise of mobile phones rendered the pager obsolete, and few remain worldwide.
  8. otiose
    serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
    Her first routine, for instance, about the otiose instructions on the back of shampoo bottles, gets its laughs from the relentless sarcasm with which she explores the subject.
  9. purge
    an act of removing by cleansing
    I watched the people purge their homes at the start of the new moon.
  10. superfluous
    more than is needed, desired, or required
    Add “interest” to your table with truly unexpected place settings and superfluous baked goods:
  11. useless
    having no beneficial utility
    However, for certain retail sectors - notably jewellery, department stores, electronics, and useless tat - Christmas is a very big deal indeed.
  12. worthless
    lacking in usefulness or value
    My father protested that the broach was just crystal, a worthless family heirloom with only sentimental value.
Created on January 2, 2019 (updated October 10, 2019)

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