21 March 2014

Vocab 3/21/14

Gorgonzola (n) -- a pungent, blue-veined, pressed Italian cheese made of cow's milk

gratuitous (adj.) -- unnecessary or unwarranted; unjustified

bemuse (v) -- to cause to be bewildered; confuse

apostrophe (n) -- a digression in discourse, esp. a turning away form an audience to address an absent or imaginary person.

discourse (n) -- verbal expression in speech or writing

anthropomorphism (n) -- the attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena

cyclothmia (n) -- a form of manic-depressive psychosis characterized by alternating periods of activity and excitement with periods of inactivity and depression

cycloid (adj.) -- resembling a circle

cuspidate (adj.) -- having a cusp

auriculate (adj.) -- having ears or earlike parts or extensions

assuage (v) -- to make less burdensome or painful; ease

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