17 March 2014

Vocab 3/18/14

vertiginous (adj.) -- turning about an axis; revolving or whirling

immaculate (adj.) -- impeccably clean; spotless: Martha's immaculate yellow-gray counter top

glottal (adj.) -- relating to or articulated in the glottis

glottis (n) -- the opening between the vocal cords at the upper part of the larynx

hegira (n) -- a journey especially when undertaken to escape from a dangerous or undesirable situation; exodus

spangle (n) -- a small sparkling object, drop, or spot: some harsh unfocused spangles of hard light the sun casts as it leaves you through the ebbing orange of the end of everything visible in the spatial world

ebb (v) -- to fall away or back; decline or recede

spatial (adj.) -- of, relating to, involving, or having the nature of space

chastise (v) -- to punish, as by beating

censure (n) -- an expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism 
             (v) -- to criticize severely; blame  
dint (n) -- force or effort; power: a seismic dint of unabashed movement coming into the ankles of her feet from some innate proclivity to be rough when all around her is very gentle

seismic (adj.) -- of, subject to, or caused by an earthquake or earth vibration

unabashed (adj.) -- not disconcerted or embarrassed; poised

disconcerted (v) -- to upset the self-possession of; ruffle

proclivity (n) -- a natural propensity or inclination; predisposition

propensity (n) --  an innate inclination; a tendency

predispose (v) -- to make (someone) inclined to something in advance

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