acumen (noun)- keen insight.
- I hope that I have acumen so that I can easily know who to trust.
adjudicate (verb)- to settle or determine.
- I don’t like being a mediator, but I will always adjudicate a fight between my friends
anachronism (noun)- something or someone that is not in its correct historical time.
- President Lincoln sent an email is an anachronism.
apocryphal (adj)- of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
The idea that a dog could hold a pencil with it’s paw is apocryphal.
disparity (noun)- inequalityThere will always be disparity of wealth within this society.- There is disparity in every high school because you start as a freshman and leave as a senior.
dissimulate (verb)- to disguise or conceal under a false appearance.
- I often dissimulate whenever I am in a bad mood.
empirical (adj)- derived from or guided by experience or experiment
- I have to be empirical when learning information during my physics labs.
flamboyant (adj)- strikingly bold or brilliant; showy
- All of our dance recitals are flamboyant and amazing to watch.
fulsome (adj)- offensive to good taste, especially as being excessive;overdone or gross- My friend acted fulsome when she said she would help me on my homework.
immolate (verb)- to sacrifice
- People often used to immolate so as to please the gods.
imperceptible (adj)- very slight, gradual, or subtle.
- The idea behind the plot of the movie Inception is imperceptible to me.
lackey (noun)- a servile follower
- I wish I had a lackey so I force someone to do something for me.
liaison (noun)- a person who initiates and maintains such a contact or connection.
- My main liaison among my friends would definitely be my cell phone.
monolithic (adj)- consisting of one piece; solid or unbroken
- The asteroid heading for Earth is monolithic.
mot juste (noun)- the exact, appropriate word
- I hope to use mot juste whenever speaking to adults.
nihilism (noun)- total rejection of established laws and institutions.
- I hope not to follow nihilism because I don’t want to lose who I am.
patrician (noun)- a person of noble or high rank; aristocrat.
- My grandmother acts as though she is a patrician because she has amazing etiquette.
propitiate (verb)- to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.
- I hope to propitiate all those who look up to me.
sic (verb)-to incite to attack
- I don’t like the idea of writings being sic because it usually means they are more confusing to read.
sublimate(adj)-to make nobler or purer
- Someday I hope to sublimate the idea that a woman can burp in public.