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2010-01-27 02:00:50
english definitions

This is a description of some of the words that I didn't recognize and wrote down.
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  1. Reticent
    –adjective1.disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.2.reluctant or restrained.

    –adjective1.disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.2.reluctant or restrained.
  2. Ephemeral/Transient
    • –adjective
    • 1.lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
    • 2.lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
    • –noun
    • 3.anything short-lived, as certain insects.
  3. Abiding
    • –adjective
    • continuing without change; enduring; steadfast: an abiding faith.
  4. Debauchery
    An over indulgence in sensual pleasures.
  5. Intemperance
    • 1.excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
    • 2.excessive indulgence of appetite or passion.3.lack of moderation or due restraint, as in action or act or instance of any of these: a long series of intemperances.
  6. Inflection
    modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice.
  7. Imprudent
    Lacking discretion
  8. Cartharsis
    the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, esp. through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music.
  9. Arbitrary
    • 1.subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one\'s discretion: an arbitrary decision.
    • 2.decided by a judge or arbiter rather than by a law or statute.
    • 3.having unlimited power; uncontrolled or unrestricted by law; despotic; tyrannical: an arbitrary government.
    • 4.capricious; unreasonable; unsupported: an arbitrary demand for payment.

    "When you think about it it is as arbitrary as drinking coffee." Good Will Hunting
  10. Demagoge
    a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires andprejudices rather than by using rational argument.• (in ancient Greece and Rome) a leader or orator who espoused the cause of the common people.
  11. Allegory
    A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one
  12. Expedient
    1.tending to promote some proposed or desired object; fit or suitable for the purpose; proper under the circumstances: It is expedient that you go.
  13. Bumptious
    Self assertive or proud to an irritating degree.
  14. Loquacious
    1.talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous: a loquacious dinner guest.
  15. Sycophant
    • –noun
    • a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.
  16. Hubris
    • –noun
    • a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.
  17. Confabulate
    fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory.
  18. Coersive
    1. to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, esp. without regard for individual desire or volition: They coerced him into signing the document.
  19. Obfuscate
    2. to make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
  20. Perseverance
    Continuing in a course of action without regard for to discouragement, opposition or previous failure.
  21. Disingenuous
    not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.
  22. Esoteric
    intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.
  23. Cognitive dissonance
    an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously
  24. Vivacious
    Vigorous and animated
  25. desiderate/desideratum
    • feel a keen desire for (something lacking or absent)
    • something that is wanted or needed