20 March 2014

Vocab 3/20/14

galvanize (v) -- to stimulate or shock with an electric current

hyperbole (n) -- a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect

evince (v) -- to show or demonstrate clearly; manifest

implacable (adj.) -- impossible to placate or appease

placate (v) -- to allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease

pertinent (adj.) -- having logical precise relevance to the matter at hand

incisive (adj.) -- penetrating, clear, and sharp, as in operation or expression

benevolent (adj.) -- characterized by or suggestive of doing good

intrepid (adj.) -- resolutely courageous; fearless

trenchant (adj.) -- forceful, effective and vigorous: the trenchant men and women bustling together in a crowd of yellow porters, rain forming artificial eyeliner tears in their eyes, which look down from their faces as they scream at one another

enfilade (n) -- gunfire directed along the length of a target, such as a column of troops

parquetry (n) -- inlay of wood, often of different colors, that is worked into a geometric pattern or mosaic and is used especially for floors

mosaic (adj.) -- of or relating to Moses or the laws and writings attributed to him
             (n) -- a picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface

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