27 May 2014

Vocab 5/27/14

duress (n) -- constraint by threat; coercion

subsume (v) -- to classify, include, or incorporate in a more comprehensive category or under a general principle

confer (v) -- to bestow (an honor, for example)

oeuvre (n) -- 1. a work of art 2. the sum of the lifework of an artist, writer, or composer

incredulous (adj.) -- skeptical; disbelieving

unctuous (adj.) -- characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness

affect (v) -- to have an influence on or effect a change in
          (n) -- feeling or emotion, especially as manifested by facial expression or body language

effect (n) -- something brought about by a cause or agent; a result
          (v) -- to bring into existence

recant (v) -- to make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself

sibilate (v) -- to utter or pronounce with a hissing sound

shunt (v/n) --  to turn aside or move to an alternate course; the act or process of this

acquiesce (v) -- to consent or comply passively or without protest: the hostages whom, after intense gunfire and emotionally taxing duress, are forced to acquiesce and comply with the pantyhose-masked villain's every order 

expletive (n) -- an exclamation or oath, especially one that is profane, vulgar, or obscene
            (adj.) -- added or inserted in order to fill out something, such as a sentence or a metrical line

discomfit (v) -- to make uneasy or perplexed; disconcert

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

poignant (adj.) -- profoundly moving; touching

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