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Monday, August 19, 2013

Vocabulary #1

adumbrate- to outline; give a faint indication of
  Dr. Preston adumbrated the necessity of learn our vocabulary.

apotheosis- the highest point in the development of something, culmination or climax.
  Overtime in the championship game was the apotheosis of the tournament.

ascetic- a person who leads an austerely simple life, especially one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction.
   The missionaries lived an ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and manual labor.

bauble- a small, showy trinket or decoration.
  The first place metals the team received were nothing but a bauble compared to the trophy the coach was given.

beguile- charm or enchant; sometimes in a deceptive way
  The head of the company beguiled her way to the top.

burgeon- begin to grow or increase rapidly
  Manufacturers are keen to cash in the burgeoning demand of products such as i Phones.

complement- a thing that competes or brings to perfect
  The blue jeans really complement the orange shirt.

contumacious- stubbornly or willfully disobedient to authority
  The student contumaciously took his phone out after he was told not to.

curmudgeon- a bad tempered person
  Most people are curmudgeons in the morning before coffee.

didactic- intended to teach
  The didactic selection exposed why the Amboseli Natural Reserve is no longer a woodland area.

disingenuous- not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.
  The disingenuous man pretended that he couldn't hear the woman asking for help.

exculpate- to show that someone is not guilty of wrongdoings
  The article exculpated the mayor.

faux pas- made in imitation; artificial
  The knock off shoes were so faux pas.

fulminate- express vehement protest
   The students fulminated the idea of shortening summer.
fustian- pompous or pretentious speech or writing
   The characters at the melodrama had fustian roles.

hauteur- haughtiness of manner; disdainful pride
  If the hauteur athlete had a better attitude he would get more playing time.

inhibit- hinder, restrain, or prevent
  The cold weather hindered new plant growth.

jeremiad- a long mournful complaint or list of woes
  The frustrated  renter created a jeremiad for his land lord.

opportunist- a person who exploits circumstances to gain advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans.
  The opportunist took advantage of the failing stock market.

unconscionable- not right or reasonable
  His unconscionable behavior earned him a trip to the principals office.

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