07 May 2014

Vocab 5/6/14

turgid (adj.) -- excessively ornate or complex in style or language; grandiloquent

grandiloquence (n) -- pompous or bombastic speech or expression

bombast (n) -- grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing

pompous (adj.) -- characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity; pretentious

dignity (n) -- the quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect

esteem (n) -- favorable regard

scintillate (v) -- to throw off sparks; flash

misanthropy (n) -- hatred or mistrust of humankind

bureaucracy (n) -- administration of a government chiefly through bureaus or departments staffed with nonelected officials

bureau (n) -- 1. a chest of drawers, especially a dresser for holding clothes 2. a government department or a subdivision of a department

broach (v) -- to bring up (a subject) for discussion or debate

gimlet (n) -- a small hand tool having a spiraled shank, a screw tip, and a cross handle and used for boring holes

shank (n) -- 1. the part of the human leg between the knee and ankle 2. the long narrow part of a nail or pin

labiodental (adj.) -- articulated with the lower lip and upper teeth, as the sounds f and v

fricative (n) -- a consonant, such as f or s in English, produced by the forcing of breath through a constricted passage

knurl (n) --  1. a knob, knot, or other small protuberance 2. one of a series of small ridges or grooves on the surface or edge of a metal object, such as a thumbscrew, to aid in gripping

thumbscrew (n) -- a screw designed so that it can be turned with the thumb and fingers

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