23 October 2015

Vocab 10/23/15

expostulate (v) -- to reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate

remonstrate (v) -- to say or plead in protest, objection, or reproof

immolation (n) -- to kill (an animal, for instance) as a religious sacrifice

exemplum (n) -- 1. an example 2. a brief story used to make a point in an argument or to illustrate a moral truth

17 October 2015

Vocab 10/17/15

decollate (v) -- to behead

billet (v) -- to provide lodging for

sucrotic (adj.) -- of or relating to sucrose (i.e. sugar); sucrotically is a euphonious adverb.

euphonious (adj.) -- pleasing or agreeable to the ear

augrette (n) -- a decorated feather or plume

calotte (n) -- a skullcap, especially worn by Roman Cahtolic priests (often red)

15 October 2015

Vocab 10/15/15

cogent (adj.) -- appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing

stein (n) -- a beer mug, especially one that is large or decorated

carb (n) -- a carburetor 

carburetor (n) -- 1. a device used in internal-combustion engines to produce an explosive mixture of vaporized fuel and air 2. a small hole in the side of a bong or water pipe that is stopped with a finger and then quickly unstopped as a person is inhaling to force smoke out of the drawing end of the pipe

plangent (adj.) -- loud and resounding

hypocapnia (n) -- a state in which the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is lower than normal; can result from deep or rapid breathing

parlous (adj.) -- fraught with danger

lilliputian (adj.) -- very small
                  (n) -- a very small person or being

14 October 2015

Vocab 10/14/2015

schist (n) -- any of various medium-grained to coarse-grained metamorphic rocks composed of laminated, often flaky parallel layers of chiefly micaceous minerals

micaceous (adj.) -- any of a group of chemically and physically related aluminum silicate minerals, common in igneous and metamorphic rocks, characteristically splitting into flexible sheets used in insulation and electrical equipment

dysphoria (n) -- an emotional state characterized by anxiety, depression, or unease

rapacious (adj.) -- having or showing a strong or excessive desire to acquire money or possess things; greedy

15 June 2015

Vocab 6/15/15

oeuvre (n) -- the sum of the lifework of an artist, writer, or composer

apotheosis (n) -- 1. exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification 2. elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification

17 March 2015

Vocab 3/17/2015

ether (n) -- 1. the element believed in ancient and medieval civilizations to fill all space above the sphere of the moon and to compose the stars and planets 2. any of a class of organic compounds in which two hydrocarbon groups are linked by an oxygen atom

06 March 2015

Vocab 3/4/15 (PPFTF)

potentate (n) -- one who has the power and position to rule over others; a monarch