English Vocab 2/12/12

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English Vocab 2/12/12
2012-02-15 14:14:04

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  1. extortionate
    • (of a price) Much too high; exorbitant.
    • Using or given to extortion.
  2. pragmatist
    • A pragmatic attitude or policy: "ideology was tempered with pragmatism".
    • An approach that assesses the truth of meaning of theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application.
  3. dilettante
    • A person who claims an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.
    • A person with an amateur interest in the arts.
  4. fire brand
  5. A person who is passionate about a particular cause, typically inciting change and taking radical action.
    A piece of burning wood.
  6. philatelist:
    a collector and student of postage stamps
  7. tedium

    The state of being tedious: "the tedium of winter nights".


    boredom - ennui - weariness - monotony - tediousness
  8. stalwartly


    Loyal, reliable, and hardworking: "he remained a stalwart supporter of the cause".


    A loyal, reliable, and hardworking supporter or participant in an organization or team: "the stalwarts of the Ladies' Auxiliary".
  9. immure
    Enclose or confine (someone) against their will: "immured in a lunatic asylum".
  10. surreptitiously
    Definition for surreptitiously:

    Web definitions:

    in a surreptitious manner; "he was watching her surreptitiously as she waited in the hotel lobby".
  11. bemusement:

    Web definitions:

    bewilderment: confusion resulting from failure to understand.
  12. efficacy


    The ability to produce a desired or intended result.
  13. oratorical:

    Web definitions:

    characteristic of an orator or oratory; "oratorical prose"; "harangued his men in an oratorical way"- Robert Graves.
  14. presage


    (of an event) Be a sign or warning that (something, typically something bad) will happen.


    A sign or warning that something, typically something bad, will happen; an omen or portent.


    • verb. forebode - predict - bode - foretell - augur
    • noun. omen - portent - augury - foreboding - foretoken - sign
  15. meteoric
    • Of or relating to meteors or meteorites: "meteoric iron".
    • (of the development of something, esp. a person's career) Very rapid: "her meteoric rise".
  16. deferential

    Showing deference; respectful: "people were always deferential to him".
  17. intersperse
    • Scatter among or between other things; place here and there.
    • Diversify (a thing or things) with other things at intervals: "debate interspersed with angry exchanges".
  18. rectitude
    Morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness.
  19. dabbling
    • Immerse (one's hands or feet) partially in water and move them around gently.
    • (of a duck or other waterbird) Move the bill around in shallow water while feeding: "teal dabble in the shallows".
  20. debunk
    • Expose the falseness or hollowness of (a myth, idea, or belief).
    • Reduce the inflated reputation of (someone), esp. by ridicule: "comedy takes delight in debunking heroes".
  21. laud
    Praise highly, esp. in a public context.
  22. arduous
    Involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.
  23. epistle
    • A letter.
    • A poem or other literary work in the form of a letter or series of letters.
  24. moribund
    • of a person) At the point of death.
    • (of a thing) In terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigor.
  25. animus
    • Hostility or ill feeling.
    • Motivation to do something.
  26. presumptous
    (of a person or their behavior) Failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.
  27. untoward
    Unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient: "untoward jokes".
  28. inured
    • Accustom (someone) to something, esp. something unpleasant.
    • Come into operation; take effect: "a release given to one of two joint contractors inures to the benefit of both".