17 March 2014

Vocab 3/17/14

mutable (adj.) -- capable of or subject to change or alteration

tactile (adj.) -- perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible: ". . . a close tactile blemish-scan." (David Foster Wallace)

ascetic (adj./n) -- leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial, especially for spiritual improvement; one who does this

beguile (v) -- to deceive by guile; delude: the beguiled entrepreneur, holding fast to his belief that everyone is backing his idea when, in fact, no one can understand it--his own greatest fear

guile (n) -- treacherous cunning; skillful deceit

flush (adv.) -- so as to be even, in one plane, or aligned with a margin

salient (adj.) -- projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding

putative (adj.) -- generally regarded as such; supposed

austere (adj.) -- severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave

crass (adj.) -- so crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility

crude (adj.) -- being in an unrefined or natural state; raw

lassitude (n) -- a state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness

muse (v) -- to think on reflectively

lethargy (n) -- a state of sluggishness, inactivity, and apathy 

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