honors english challenge words

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honors english challenge words
2011-06-13 23:25:53
honors english final

challenge words
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  1. shrive
    v. to grant remission of a sin to (a person)
  2. metonymy
    • n. substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself
    • (as in 'they counted heads')
  3. elocution
    n. an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
  4. verbiage
    • n. 1. the manner in which something is expressed in words
    • 2. overabundance of words
  5. phrenology
    n. the study of the shape and protuberances of the skull
  6. flambeau
    n. a flaming torch
  7. encaustic
    n. a paint consisting of pigment mixed with melted beeswax
  8. Hydrus
    n. a constellation in the southern hemisphere near the south celestial pole
  9. turbine
    n. rotary engine in which the kinetic energy of a moving fluid is converted into mechanical energy by causing a bladed rotor to rotate
  10. annuity
    n. income from capital investment paid in a series of regular payments
  11. savant
    n. a person of profound or or extensive learning; learned scholar
  12. rector
    n. a person authorized to conduct religious worship
  13. Neolithic
    adj. of or relating to the most recent period of the stone age
  14. inexpiable
    adj. incapable of being atoned for
  15. glottal
    adj. relating to or articulated in the glottis

    glottis- n. the opening between the vocal cords at the upper part of the larynx
  16. fantocinni
    • n. 1. (plural) puppets animated by moving wires or mechanical means
    • 2. a play or show employing such puppets
  17. hypogeal
    adj. underground; subterranean
  18. montane
    adj. pertaining to, growing in, or inhabiting mountainous regions

    n. the lower vegetation belt on mountains
  19. doxology
    n. a hymn, or form of words containing an ascription of praise to god
  20. circadian
    adj. noting or pertaining to rhythmic biological cycles recurring at approximately 24-hour intervals