#1- Cultural Artifacts

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#1- Cultural Artifacts
2011-01-16 14:26:01

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  1. arcane
    known or understood by only a few

    The dusty archive includes an arcane treasure trove of nautical charts from the Age of Discovery.
  2. assimilate
    to absorb or become absorbed; to make or become similar

    Keisha assimilated so quickly at her new school that she was named head of the social committee a month after enrolling.
  3. autonomy
    independence; self determination

    Candice gained autonomy upon moving out of her parents' house into her own apartment.
  4. cosmopolitan
    worldly; widely sophisticated

    Inga was surprisingly cosmopolitan considering that she had never left her tiny hometown in Norway.
  5. derivative (n)
    something that come from another source

    Special Victims Units and Criminal Intent are derivatives of the original Law and Order drama series.
  6. entourage
    a group of attendants or associates; a retinue

    Top celebrities travel with extensive entourages, which often include security guards, assistants, stylists, managers, and publicists.
  7. esoteric
    intended for or understood by only a small group

    Esme's play is extremely esoteric; someone not raised in Estonia would find it difficult to follow.
  8. gaffe
    a clumsy social error, a faux pas

    Geoff committed the gaffe of telling his date that he'd gone out with her sister the night before.
  9. idiosyncrasy
    characteristics peculiar to an individual or group

    She had many idiosyncrasies, one of which was washing her socks in the dishwasher.
  10. insular
    isolated; narrow or provincial

    The family was so insular that no one else could get near them.
  11. orthodox
    adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion

    My father had held an orthodox view of baseball; he believed that the field should be outside and made of real grass.
  12. potentate
    one who the power and position to rule over others; monarch

    An omnipotent potentate is a person to be reckoned with; great power in the hands of a great leader is a powerful combination.