25 May 2014

Vocab 5/25/14

pejorative (adj.) -- tending to make or become worse

imprimatur (n) -- official approval or license to print or publish, especially under conditions of censorship

phylactery (n) -- 1. Judaism either of two small leather boxes, each containing strips of parchment inscribed with quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures, one of which is strapped to the forehead and the other to the left arm; traditionally worn by Jewish men during morning worship, except on the Sabbath and holidays 2. a. an amulet b. a reminder

auteur (n) -- a filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style

pustule (n) -- a small inflamed elevation of the skin that is filled with pus; a pimple

garret (n) -- a room on the top floor of a house, typically under a pitched roof; an attic

prurient (adj.) -- inordinately interested in matters of sex; lascivious

inordinate (adj.) -- exceeding reasonable limits; immoderate

lascivious (adj.) -- given to or expressing lust; lecherous

lecherous (adj.) -- given to, characterized by, or eliciting lechery

lechery (n) -- excessive indulgence in sexual activity; lewdness

lewdness (n) -- preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful

reticent (adj.) -- inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself

apodictic (adj.) -- necessarily or demonstrably true; incontrovertible

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