21 May 2014

Vocab 5/21/14

cacuminal (adj.) -- articulated with the tip of the tongue turned back and up toward the roof of the mouth; retroflex

retroflex (adj.) -- 1. bent, curved, or turned backward 2. pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back against the roof of the mouth 
        (n) -- a sound pronounced with the tongue in retroflex position, as the sound (r) in some varieties of English

intermittent (adj.) -- 1. stopping and starting at intervals 2. alternately containing and empty of water: an intermittent lake

cajolery (n) -- flattery intended to persuade

insensate (adj.) -- without compunction or human feeling

compunction (n) -- a strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt

arcadian (adj.) --  (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic; bucolic

bucolic (adj.) -- of or characteristic of the countryside or its people; rustic
              (n) -- a pastoral poem

rustic (adj.) -- of, relating to, or typical of country life or country people

subdue (v) -- to conquer and subjugate; vanquish

subjugate (v) -- to bring under control; conquer

vanquish (v) -- to defeat or conquer in battle; subjugate

woeful (adj.) -- of very poor quality or condition

execrable (adj.) -- deserving of execration; hateful

execration (n) -- 1. the act of cursing 2. a curse

curse (n) -- an appeal or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something

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

somber (adj.) -- dark; gloomy

emaciate (v) -- to make or become extremely thin, especially as a result of starvation

docile (adj.) -- ready and willing to be taught; teachable

extradite (v) -- to give up or deliver (a fugitive, for example) to the legal jurisdiction of another government or authority

irascible (adj.) -- prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered

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