The Coming of the Third Reich

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The Coming of the Third Reich
2014-05-04 21:38:26
Vocabulary Words

Vocabulary words from the book, The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans
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  1. indefatigable
    (of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly: an indefatigable defender of human rights.
  2. eloquent
    Fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing: an eloquent speech. SPECIAL USAGE clearly expressing or indicating something: the touches of fatherliness are eloquent of the real man.
  3. daunt
    (usu. be daunted) make (someone) feel intimidated or apprehensive: some people are daunted by technology.
  4. daunting
    Seeming difficult to deal with in anticipation; intimidating: a daunting task.
  5. synopsis
    A brief summary or general survey of something: a synopsis of the accident. SPECIAL USAGE an outline of the plot of a book, play, movie, or episode of a television show.
  6. embed
    (often be embedded) fix (an object) firmly and deeply in a surrounding mass: he had an operation to remove a nail embedded in his chest. SPECIAL USAGE - FIGURATIVE implant (an idea of feeling) within something else so it becomes an ingrained or essential characteristic of it: Victorian values embedded in Tennyson's party.
  7. panned
    INFORMAL criticize (someone or something) severely: the movie was panned by the critics.
  8. crude
    (of an action) showing little finesse or subtlety and as a result unlikely to succeed: the measure was condemned by economists as crude and ill-conceived. 3 (of language, behavior, or a person) offensively coarse or rude, esp. in relation to sexual matters: a crude joke.
  9. callow, crude, ill-mannered, rough, rude, uncivil, uncouth
    Someone who lacks consideration for the feelings of others and who is deliberately insolent is rude: it was rude of you not to introduce me to your friends. Ill-mannered suggests that the person is ignorant of the rules of social behavior rather than deliberately rude: an ill-mannered child, while uncivil implies disregard for even the most basic rules of social behavior among civilized people: his uncivil response resulted in him being kicked out of the classroom. Rough is used to describe people who lack polish and refinement: he was a rough but honest man, while crude is a more negative term for people and behavior lacking culture, civility, and tact: he made a crude gesture. Uncouth describes what seems strange, awkward, or unmannerly rather than rude: his uncouth behavior at the wedding. Although people of any age may be rude, crude, ill-mannered, or uncouth, callow almost always applies to those who are young or immature; it suggests naivete and lack of sophistication: he was surprisingly callow for a man of almost 40.
  10. rude, rough, crude, raw
    RUDE, ROUGH, CRUDE, RAW mean lacking in social refinement. RUDE implies ignorance of or indifference to good form; it may suggest intentional discourtesy: rude behavior. ROUGH is likely to stress lack of polish and gentleness: rough manners. CRUDE may apply to thought or behavior limited to the gross, the obvious, or the primitive: a crude joke. RAW suggests being untested, inexperienced, or unfinished: turning raw youths into polished performers.
  11. inevitable
    Certain to happen; unavoidable: war was inevitable. INFORMAL so frequently experienced or seen that it is completely predictable: the inevitable letter from the bank.
  12. avow
    Assert or confess openly: he avowed that he had voted Republican in every election.
  13. assert, declare, affirm, protest, avow
    ASSERT, DECLARE, AFFIRM PROTEST, AVOW mean to state positively usually in anticipation of denial or objection. ASSERT implies stating confidently without need for proof or regard for evidence: asserted that modern music is just noise. DECLARE stresses open or public statement: declared her support for the candidate. AFFIRM implies conviction based on evidence, experience, or faith: affirmed the existence of an afterlife. PROTEST emphasizes affirming in the face of denial or doubt: protested that he really had been misquoted. AVOW stresses frank declaration and acknowledgment or personal responsibility for what is declared: avowed that all investors would be repaid in full.
  14. guff
    INFORMAL trivial, worthless, or insolent talk or ideas.
  15. venerate
    (often be venerated) regard with great respect; revere: Mother Teresa is venerated as a saint.
  16. admire, adore, idolize, revere, venerate, worship
    We might admire someone who walks a tightrope between two skyscrapers, idolize a rock star, adore out mothers, and revere a person like Martin Luther King. Each of these verbs conveys the idea of regarding someone or something with respect and honor, but they differ considerably in terms of the feelings they connote. Admire suggests a feeling of delight and enthusiastic appreciation: admire the courage of the mountain climber, while adore implies the tenderness and warmth of unquestioning love: he adored babies. Idolize is an extreme form of adoration, suggesting a slavish, helpless love: he idolized the older quarterback. We revere individuals and institutions that command our respect for their accomplishments or attributes: he revered his old English professor. Venerate and worship are usually found in religious contexts: venerate saints and worship God, but both words may be used in other contexts as well. Venerate is usually associated with dignity and advanced age: venerate the old man who had founded the company more than 50 years ago, while worship connotes an excessive and uncritical respect: young girls who waited outside the stage door worshiped the ground he walked on.
  17. partisan
    Prejudiced in favor of a particular cause: newspaper have become increasingly partisan.
  18. juxtapose
    Place or deal with close together for contrasting effect: black-and-white photos of slums were starkly juxtaposed with color images.
  19. opaque
    Not able to be seen through; not transparent: the windows were opaque with steam. FIGURATIVE hard or impossible to understand; unfathomable: technical jargon that was opaque to her.
  20. hindsight
    Understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed: with hindsight, I should never have gone.
  21. adage, aphorism, apothegm, epigram, epigraph, maxim, proverb, saying
    "Once burned, twice shy" is an old saying about learning from your mistakes. In fact, sayings - a term used to describe any current or habitual expression or wisdom or truth - are a dime a dozen. Proverbs - sayings that are well known and often repeated, usually expressing metaphorically a truth based on common sense or practical experience - are just as plentiful. Her favorite proverb was "A stitch in time saves nine." An adage is a time-honored and widely known proverb, such as "Where's there's smoke, there's fire." A maxim offers a rule of conduct or action in the form of a proverb, such as "Neither a borrower nor a lender be." Epigram and epigraph are often confused, but their meanings are quite separate. An epigram is a terse, witty, or satirical statement that often relies on a paradox of its effect: Oscar Wilde's well-known epigram that "The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it." An epigraph, on the other hand, is a brief quotation used to introduce a piece of writing: he used quote from the T. S. Eliot as the epigraph to his new novel. An aphorism requires a little more thought than an epigram, since it aims to be profound rather than witty: as one of Solomon's aphorisms warn, "Better is a living dog than a dead lion." An apothegm is a pointed and often startling aphorism, such as Samuel Johnson's remark that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
  22. presumptuous
    (of a person or their behavior) failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate: I hope I won't be considered presumptuous if I offer some advice.
  23. aggressive, audacious, bold, brazen, bumptious, intrepid, presumptuous
    Is walking up to an attractive stranger and asking him or her to have dinner with you tonight a bold move or merely an aggressive one? Both words suggest assertive, confident behavior that is little on the shameless side, but bold has a wilder range of application. It can suggest self-confidence that borders on impudence: to be so bold as to call the president by his first name, but can also be used to describe a daring temperament that is either courageous or defiant: a bold investigator who would not give up. Aggressive behavior, on the other hand, usually falls within a narrower range, somewhere between menacing: aggressive attacks on innocent villages, and just plain pushy: an aggressive salesperson. Brazen implies a defiant lack of modesty: a brazen stare, and presumptuous goes even further, suggesting over-confidence to the point of causing offense: a presumptuous request for money. Bumptious behavior can also be offensive, but it is usually associated with the kind cockiness that can't be helped: a bumptious young upstart. An audacious person is bold to the point of the recklessness: an audacious explorer, which brings it very close in meaning to intrepid, suggesting fearlessness in the face of the unknown: the intrepid settlers of the Great Plains.
  24. legitimate
    Conforming to the law or to rules: his claims to legitimate authority.
  25. ferocious
    Savagely fierce, cruel, or violent: the wolverine is nature's most ferocious and violent animal. SPECIAL USAGE °(of a conflict) characterized by or involving aggression, bitterness, and determination: a ferocious argument. °Extreme and unpleasant: a ferocious headache.
  26. fierce, ferocious, barbarous, savage, cruel
    Mean showing fury or malignity in looks or actions. FEIRCE applies to humans and animals that inspire terror because of their wild and menacing aspect of fury in attack: fierce warriors. FEROCIOUS implies extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality: a ferocious dog. BARAROUS implies a ferocity or mercilessness regarded as unworthy of civilized people: barbarous treatment of prisoners. SAVAGE implies the absence of inhibitions restraining civilized people filled with rage, lust, or other violent passion: a savage criminal. CRUEL implies indifference to suffering and even positive pleasure in inflicting it: the cruel jokes of schoolboys.
  27. cataclysmic
    Relating to or denoting a violent natural event. SPECIAL USAGE denoting something unpleasant or unsuccessful on an enormous scale: the concert was a cataclysmic failure.
  28. dissident
    A person who opposes official policy, esp. that of an authoritarian state: a dissident who had been jailed by a military regime.
  29. émigré
    A person who has left their own country in order to settle in another, usually for political reasons.
  30. baleful
    Threatening harm; menacing: Bill shot a baleful glance in her direction; the baleful light cast trembling shadows. SPECIAL USAGE having a harmful or destructive effect: drug money has had a baleful impact on the country.
  31. proletariat
    • 1 The laboring class; especially: the class of industrial workers who lack their own means of production and hence sell their labor to live.
    • 2 The lowest social or economic class of a community.
  32. adduce
    Cite as evidence: a number of factors are adduced to explain the situation.
  33. ferment
    Agitation and excitement among a group of people, typically concerning major change and leading to trouble or violence: Germany at this time was in a state of religious ferment.
  34. Gauleiter
    Means a Nazi tyrant
  35. Volk
    Means people or race
  36. tentative
    not certain or fixed; provisional: a tentative conclusion. SPECIAL USAGE done without confidence; hesitant: he eventually tried a few tentative steps round his hospital room.
  37. ratchet
    FIGURATIVE a situation of process that is perceived to be deteriorating or changing steadily in a series of irreversible steps: the best way to reverse the ratchet of socialism.
  38. rhetoric
    The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, esp. the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques. SPECIAL USAGE language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but is often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content: all we have from the opposition is empty rhetoric.
  39. impeccable
    (of behavior, performance, or appearance) in accordance with the highest standards or propriety; faultless: an man of impeccable character.
  40. asocial
    Avoiding social interaction; inconsiderate of or hostile to others: the cat's independence has encouraged a view that it is asocial.
  41. synthesis
    Combination or composition, in particular: the combination of ideas to form a theory or system: the synthesis of intellect and emotion in his work|the ideology represented a synthesis of certain ideas. Often contrasted with analysis.
  42. analysis
    Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion of interpretation: statistical analysis; an analysis of popular culture. The process of separating something into its constituent elements. Often contrasted with synthesis.
  43. libel
    A published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation. SPECIAL USAGE The action or crime of publishing such a statement: a counselor who sued two national newspaper for libel|a libel action.
  44. slander
    The action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation: he is suing the TV network for slander.
  45. malign, traduce, asperse, vilify, calumniate, defame, slander
    Mean to injure by speaking ill of. MALIGN suggests specific and often subtle misrepresentation but may not always imply deliberate lying: the most maligned monarch in British history. TRADUCE stresses the resulting ignominy and distress to the victim: so traduced the governor that he was driven from office. ASPERSE implies continued attack on a reputation often by indirect or insinuated detraction: both candidates aspersed the other's motives. VILIFY implies attempting to destroy a reputation by open and direct abuse: no criminal was more vilified in the press. CALUMNIATE imputes malice to the speaker and falsity to the assertions: falsely calumniated as a traitor. DEFAME stresses the actual loss of or injury to one's good name: sued them for defaming her reputation. SLANDER stresses the suffering of the victim: town gossips slandered their good name.
  46. sinister, baleful, malign
    Mean seriously threatening evil or disaster. SINSTER suggests a general or vague feeling of fear or apprehension on the part of the observer: a sinister aura haunts the place. BALEFUL imputes perniciousness or destructiveness to something whether working openly or covertly: exerting a corrupt and baleful influence. MALIGN applies to what is inherently evil or harmful: the malign effects of racism.
  47. permeate
    Spread throughout (something); pervade: the aroma of soup permeated the air|his personality has begun to permeate through the whole organization.
  48. epithet
    An adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned: old men are often unfairly awarded the epithet "dirty".
  49. expunge
    Erase or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant): the communists had expunged references to the Hitler-Stalin pact.
  50. infelicity
    A thing that is inappropriate, esp. a remark or expression: she winced at their infelicities and at the clumsy way they talked.
  51. buoy
    An anchored float serving as a navigation mark, to show reefs or other hazards, or for mooring. SPECIAL USAGE keep (someone or something) afloat: I let the water buoy up my weight. -(often be buoyed) cause to become cheerful or confident: the party was buoyed by an election victory. -(often be buoyed) cause (a price) to rise to or remain at a high level: the price is buoyed up by investors.
  52. buoyancy
    FIGURATIVE an optimistic and cheerful disposition: the happiness and buoyancy of his nature. FIGURATIVE a high level of activity in an economy or stock market: there is renewed buoyancy in the demand for steel.
  53. resurgent
    Increasing or reviving after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence: resurgent nationalism.
  54. swath
    A broad strip or area of something: vast swathes of countryside|a significant swath of popular opinion.
  55. PHRASE
    "cut a swath through"
    pass through (something) causing great damage, destruction, or change: a tornado cut a two-mile long swath through residential neighborhoods.
  56. PHRASE
    "cut a wide swath"
    attract a great deal of attention by trying to impress others.
  57. suzerain
    a sovereign or stat having some control over another state that is internally autonomous.
  58. prosaic
    having the style or diction of prose; lacking poetic beauty: prosaic language can't convey the experience. SPECIAL USAGE commonplace; unromantic: the masses were too preoccupied by prosaic day-to-day concerns.
  59. prose
    written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure: a short story in prose|a prose passage. SPECIAL USAGE plain or dull writing, discourse, or expression: medical and scientific prose.
  60. euphoria
    a feeling or state or intense excitement and happiness: the euphoria of success will fuel your desire to continue training.
  61. bliss, ecstasy, euphoria, rapture, transport
    Happiness is one thing; bliss another, suggesting a state of utter joy and contentment: marital bliss. Ecstasy is even more extreme, describing a trancelike state in which one loses consciousness of one's surroundings: the ecstasy of young love. Although rapture originally referred to being raised or lifted out of oneself by divine power, nowadays it is used in much the same sense as ecstasy to describe an elevated sensation of bliss: she listened in speechless rapture to her favorite soprano. Transport applies to any powerful emotion by which one is carried away: a transport of delight. When happiness is carried to an extreme or crosses over into mania, it is called euphoria. Euphoria may outwardly resemble ecstasy or rapture, but upon closer examination, it is usually found to be exaggerated and out of proportion: the euphoria that came over him whenever he touched alcohol.
  62. titular
    holding or constituting a purely formal position or title without any real authority: the queen is titular head of the Church of England|a titular post. SPECIAL USAGE (of a cleric) nominally appointed to serve a diocese, abbey, or other foundation no longer in existence, and typically in fact having authority in another capacity.
  63. autonomy
    (of a country or region) the right or condition of self-government, esp. in a particular sphere: Tatarstan demanded greater autonomy within the Russian Federation. SPECIAL USAGE a self-governing country or region. Freedom from external control or influence; independence: economic autonomy is still a long way off for many women.
  64. deference
    humble submission and respect: he addressed her with the deference due to age.
  65. PHRASE
    "in deference to"
    out of respect for; in consideration of.
  66. deference, homage, honor, obeisance, reverence