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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Vocab # 10

Aficionado- an ardent devotee; fan; enthusiast
sentence- The giants had many supporting aficionados at their stadium when they won. 

Browbeat- to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully 
sentence- The boys browbeat him into agreeing.

Commensurate- having the same measure; of equal extent or duration
sentence- I was hired at a position commensurate to my ability. 

Diaphanous- very sheer and light
sentence- The curtains we have are very diaphanous.

Emolument- profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services
sentence- Tips are an emolument in addition to wages. 

Foray- a quick, sudden attack
sentence- The defenders made a foray outside the walls. 

Genre- a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique
sentence- I enjoy the genre of epic poetry.

Homily- an inspirational saying or cliche 
sentence- A homily used today is "Just do it". 

Immure- to shut in; seclude or confine
sentence- When I got in a fight with my mom  I immured myself in my room. 

Insouciant- free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant
sentence- On the last day of school my mood was insouciant from school. 

Matrix- something that constitutes the place or point from which something else originates, takes form, or develops 
sentence- The Greco-Roman world was the matrix for western civilization. 

Obsequies- a funeral rite or ceremony
sentence- You're supposed to wear black when attending obsequies. 

Panache- a grand or flamboyant manner; style; flair
sentence- The actress must have had panache in the audition.

Persona- a person's perceived or evident personality, as that of a well known official
sentence- Her persona, fashioned over three decades of self portraits. 

Philippic- any speech or discourse of bitter denunciation
sentence- During the debate the presidential candidate used a scathing philippic in his advantage. 

Prurient- having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires
sentence- The boy had a prurient curiosity in the universe. 

Sacrosanct- not to be entered or trespassed upon
sentence- She considered her home office sacrosanct. 

Systemic- of or pertaining to a system
sentence- Systemic efficiency of the energy supply is of more concern than actual energy use. 

Tendentious- having or showing a definite tendency
sentence- In supporting a cause his reports were tendentious in helping. 

Vicissitude- a change or variation occurring in the course of something 
sentence- given the vicissitudes in life my future can change at any time. 

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