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Monday, August 26, 2013

Vocabulary #2


accoutrements-  additional items of dress or equipment
  • The dressers backstage had a lot of accountrements to account for when helping the actors change between scenes.
apogee-  the highest or most distant point; climax
  • The apogee of the hike is the peak just ahead.
apropos-  with reference to concerning; very appropriate to a particular situation.
  •   The children expressed apropos of the ice cream they received on the hot summers day.
bicker-  to engage in petulant or peevish argument; to run rapidly; move quickly; rush; hurry
  • The couple bickered about which couch to buy.
coalesce-  to grow together or into one body 
  • The river and the lake coalesced.
contretemps-an inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance
  • He caused a contretemps by fumbling the football five yards from the end zone on the last down.
convolution-rolled up or coiled condition 
  • The extension cord was convoluted into a mess of knots.
cullto choose; select; pick; to gather the choice things or parts from
  • The winners were culled from a huge list of candidates.
disparatedistinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar
  • The two students had disparate ideas on how to learn the vocabulary.
dogmatic-  of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a dogma or dogmasdoctrinal; asserting opinions doctrinaire or arrogant manner; opinionated.
  • The article was very dogmatic in its views.
licentious-  unrestrained by law or general morality, lawless, immoral; going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits; disregarding rules.
  • Jesse James was a licentious villain.
mete-to distribute or apportion by measure; allot (usually followed by out )
  • We meted out the Beowulf questions in order to get them done.
noxiousharmful or injurious to health or physical well-beingmorally harmful; corrupting 
  • The food sold at McDonalds is noxious to your body.
polemic-  controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
  • The polemic arguments that were stated to the judge did not help either case. 
populous-   full of residents or inhabitants, heavily populated
  • Los Angeles is a populous metropolitan area.
probity-  integrity and uprightness; honesty
  • The young boy expressed great probity by confessing that he accidentally broke the window.
repartee-  quick, witty reply
  • Dr. Preston always has a repartee to strange and off topic questions.
supervene-  to take place or occur as something additional or extraneous (sometimes followed by on or upon )
  • The added sprinkles supervened upon the decadent frosting on the cupcake.
truncate-  to shorten by cutting off part; cut short
  • Daniela's speech was to long and needed to be truncated.
unimpeachable-  above suspicion; impossible to discredit
  • The tremendous valor of the war hero was unimpeachable.

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