Monday, March 4, 2013

Vocabulary list--#17


Wake up!...POSP stringer Tim and compiled another vocabulary list.

abecedarian

ay-bee-see-DAIR-ee-uhn

noun

1. One who is learning the alphabet, hence, a beginner.
2. One engaged in teaching the alphabet.
3. Pertaining to the letters of the alphabet.
4. Arranged alphabetically.
5. Rudimentary, elementary.


adrumbrate

ad-um-brate

transitive verb

To give only the main facts and not the details about something, especially something that will happen in the future.


anencephalous

an-a-sef-a-lus

adjective

Brainless, lacking a brain, empty-headed.


anthropomorphism

an-throw-po-mor-fizm

noun

The attribution of human traits to inanimate objects and nonhuman beings, such as animals and gods. 


atavistic

at-uh-VIS-tik

adjective

Of, pertaining to, or characterized by atavism, reverting to or suggesting the characteristics of a remote ancestor or primitive type.


bon vivant

bon-vee-VONT

noun

A person with refined and sociable tastes, especially one who enjoys fine food and drink.


brabble

BRAB-uhl

verb

To argue stubbornly about trifles, wrangle.

noun

Noisy, quarrelsome chatter.


butterfaith

noun

A girl who is fun, intelligent, beautiful, perfect in every way... except she's devoutly religious.


dyslogistic

dis-luh-JIS-tik

adjective

Conveying disapproval or censure, not complimentary or eulogistic.


ephemeral  

ih-FEM-uh-rul

adjective

Lasting a very short time.


epexegesis

ep-ek-si-JEE-sis

noun

1. The addition of a word or words to explain a preceding word or sentence.
2. The word or words so added.


eurytopic

yur-ih-TAH-pik

adjective

Tolerant of wide variation in one or more environmental factors.


factotum

fak-TOH-tuhm

noun
1. A person having many diverse activities or responsibilities.
2. A general servant.


intemerate

in-TEM-er-it

adjective

Inviolate, undefiled, unsullied, pure.


irrefrangible

ir-i-FRAN-juh-buhl

adjective

1. Not to be broken or violated, inviolable, an irrefrangible rule of etiquette.
2. Incapable of being refracted.


jabberwocky

JAB-er-wah-kee

noun

Meaningless speech or writing.


jackanapes

JAK-uh-neyps

noun

1. An impertinent, presumptuous person, especially a young man, whippersnapper.
2. An impudent, mischievous child.
3. Archaic. An ape or monkey.


Jacobin 


JAK-uh-bin

noun

1. An extreme radical, especially in politics.
2. (In the French Revolution) a member of a radical society or club of revolutionaries that promoted the Reign of Terror and other extreme measures, active chiefly from 1789 to 1794: so called from the Dominican convent in Paris, where they originally met.
3. A Dominican friar.
4. (Lowercase) one of a fancy breed of domestic pigeons having neck feathers that hang over the head like a hood.


kibitzer

KIB-it-ser

noun

1. A giver of uninvited or unwanted advice.
2. A spectator at a card game who looks at the players' cards over their shoulders, especially one who gives unsolicited advice.
3. A person who jokes, chitchats, or makes wisecracks, especially while others are trying to work or to discuss something seriously.


kinchin

kin-chin

noun

A child.


mainour

MEY-ner

noun

A stolen article found on the person of or near the thief, to be taken with the mainour.


mala fide

mal-uh-FYE-dee

adverb or adjective

With or in bad faith.


meretricious

mair-uh-TRISH-us

adjective

1. Of or relating to a prostitute, having the nature of prostitution.
2. Twdrily and falsely attractive.
3. Superficially significant, pretentious.


m├ętier

MET-yay

noun

1. Vocation, trade.
2. An area of activity in which one excels, forte.


nomothetic

nah-muh-THET-ik

adjective

Relating to, involving, or dealing with abstract, general, or universal statements or laws.


obnubilate

ob-NOO-buh-leyt

verb

To cloud over, becloud; obscure.


paraph

PAR-uhf

noun

A flourish made after a signature, as in a document, originally as a precaution against forgery.


roseate

ROH-zee-ut

adjective

1. Resembling a rose especially in having a pink color.
2. Overly optimistic, viewed favorably.


satrap

SEY-trap

noun

1. A subordinate ruler, often a despotic one.
2. A governor of a province under the ancient Persian monarchy.


sangfroid

SAHNG-FRWAH

noun

Self-possession or imperturbability especially under strain.


tchotchke

CHAHCH-kuh

noun

Knickknack, trinket.


thimblerig

THIM-bul-rig

verb

1. To cheat by trickery.
2. To swindle by a trick in which a small ball or pea is quickly shifted from under one to another of three small cups to fool the spectator guessing its location.


umber

UHM-ber

noun

1. North England Dialect, shade, shadow.
2. An earth consisting chiefly of a hydrated oxide of iron and some oxide of manganese, used in its natural state as a brown pigment (raw umber) or, after heating, as a reddish-brown pigment (burnt umber).
3. The color of such a pigment, dark dusky brown or dark reddish brown.
4. Ichthyology. the European grayling, Thymallus thymallus.

adjective

Of the color umber.

verb

To color with or as if with umber.


varia

VAIR-ee-uh

noun

Miscellaneous items, especially a miscellany of literary works.


word-hoard

WURD-hawrd

noun

A person's vocabulary.


zakuska

zuh-KOOS-kuh

noun

An hors d'oeuvre.


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