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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Vocab #4

apostate- a person who leaves behind his religious or political beliefs. (noun)
-Siddhartha was an apostate in that he left behind his Hindi belief in wealth and lived the life of a poor man with little means.
effusive- something or someone showing unrestrained emotion or thankfulness. (noun)
-After the emergency man cleaned her wounds she was effusive.
impasse-something from which there is no escape or solution. (noun)
-Some may think magic is impasse.
euphoria-describes a feeling of well-being and great happiness. (noun)
-After he saved the little girl from being hit he entered a state of euphoria.
lugubrious- describes someone who looks very sad, depressed or long-in-the-face. (adjective)
-We could tell they were upset by the lugubrious expression on her face.
bravado- behavior by a scared person that shows courage. (noun)
-The bravado that he showed did not impress the crowd.
consensus- an agreement made by a group. (noun)
-Before we decided where we would go on vacation we had to get a consensus from our entire family.
dichotomy- a sharp division of things or ideas into two contradictory parts. (noun)
-the dichotomy of votes in the class made it difficult to choose which project we were going to do.
constrict- to become narrower at one place, or to make something narrower or more restrictive. (verb)
-The boa constricted the animal so tight it suffocated.
gothic- related to medieval style or the horror and mystery depicted in fiction about the 18th and 19th centuries. (adjective)
-That women had a very gothic style with all her dark cloths and makeup.
punctilio-precise observance of petty formalities
-the receptionist was very punctilious in his attention to every detail.
metamorphosis-change of form, shape, structure, or substance; transformation, as, in myths, by magic or sorcery
-The caterpillar  metamorphosis into a butterfly was a beautiful sight.  
raconteur- a person who tells stories or anecdotes in an amusing and clever way. (noun)
-He was a raconteur in that he could turn the most banal stories into hilarious and interesting ones.
sine qua non-an essential condition, qualification, etc.; indispensable thing; absolute prerequisite
-Physics is a sine qua non for AP Physics.
quixotic- romantic behavior or following beliefs even though they are foolish or unreachable goals. (adjective)
-Some may call the gold miners who are looking to strike it rich are quixotic because it is not often that large amounts of gold are found.
vendetta- a lingering grudge or feeling of hatred for someone, such as a blood feud where the family of someone who had been killed seeks revenge on the family of the killer or his family. (noun)
-The Hatfields and the Mccoys had vendettas against each family.
non sequitur- a statement, conclusion or reply that has nothing to do with the previous statement. (noun)
-He provided a non sequitur statement in his argument suddenly changing the courts thoughts.
mystique- an aura of mystery or an air of secrecy surrounding something or someone that makes the person or thing seem very intriguing. (noun)
-The new kid at school had a certain mystique about him.
quagmire- soft, wet ground or a complex and difficult situation with no easy solution. (noun)
-while walking through the wood in the winter I stepped in a patch of quagmire.
parlous-perilous; dangerous; risky
-The hero went on a parlous journey to save the his people.

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