Monday, November 5, 2012

fall vocab #11

Affinity - A spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy for someone or something
Bilious - Affected by or associated with nausea or vomiting
Cognate - Having the same linguistic derivation as another; from the same original word or root
Corollary - A proposition that follows from (and is often appended to) one already proved
Cul-de-sac - cul: a passage with access only at one end
Derring-do - brave and heroic feats
Divination - The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means
Elixir - A magical or medicinal potion
Folderol - Trivial or nonsensical fuss
Gamut - The complete range or scope of something
Hoi polloi - The masses; the common people
Ineffable - Too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words
Lucubration - Study; meditation
Mnemonic - A device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something
Obloquy - Strong public criticism or verbal abuse
Parameter - A numerical or other measurable factor forming one of a set that defines a system or sets the conditions of its operation
Pundit - An expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public
Risible - Such as to provoke laughter
Symptomatic - Serving as a symptom or sign, esp. of something undesirable 
Volte-face - About-face: a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

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