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vocab units 1-4

Terms

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quixotic
full of impractical ideas; idealistic
idiom
an expression having a special meaning that is not clear from the usual meaning of the individual words in the expression; the specific grammatical and structural characteristics of a language; the accepted pattern of word usuage; speech that is characteristic of a particular region
tantalize
to tease or torment by presenting something desirable while it is out of reach
devious
done in an underhanded manner; tricky; shifty; straying from a straight or direct course; departing from the correct or proper way; erring
vernacular
the normal spoken language of a country or region as distinct from the literary or learned language; everyday speech; native to or commonly spoken by residents of a particular country or region
duplicity
deliberate deception or trickery by speaking or acting in two different ways concerning the same matter.
archaic
referring to words and language that were once common but are now rarely used. ancient. no longer applicable
overt
open and observable; apparent
fictitious
adopted or assumed in order to deceive; false; of fiction; imaginary; unreal
galvanize
to stir to action or awareness; to stimulate or shock with an electric current; to put a coating of zinc on iron or steel as protection against rust
culinary
pertaining to cooking or the kitchen
argot
the informal vocabulary used by a particular class or group, such as criminals; a secret language
epicure
a person with refined tastes in food and drink; a gourmet
gullible
easily decieved or fooled
bland
mild; soothing; not irritating; dull; lacking in interest
masquerade
to have or put on a deceptive appearance; to wear a mask or disguise; a dance or party at which masks and fancy costumes are worn; a disguise or false outward show; pretense; an involved scheme
edible
suitable for eating; capable of being eaten
ravenous
extremely hungry
devour
to eat up greedily; swallow; engulf; to consume enthusiastically
hypocritical
pretending to have some desirable or publicly approved attitude; insincre
veracity
devotion to the truth; honesty; conformity to truth or fact; accuracy and precision
semantics
the study of historical changes in the meanings or words; the study of the relation of words to the objects they stand for
quaff
to drink heartily and deeply of
mentor
a person depended upon for wise advice and guidance; a trusted counselor
pungent
sharp; strong; penetrating; producing a sharp sensation, usually of taste or smell
nemesis
some one or something that is the source of just punishment; just punishment for wrongdoing; an unbeatable rival
morsel
a bite or small amount of food; a small piece; a tidbit
denotation
the exact meaning of a word
odyssey
a long, adventurous, wandering journey; an intellectual or spiritual quest
boycott
to take part in an organized group refusal to use a product or service as a means of protest; an organized group refusal
delectable
greatly pleasing, especially to the sense of taste; delicious; delightful
jargon
the specialized technical vocabulary used by people in the same profession or field.
jovial
full of fun and good cheer; sociable
slang
highly informal language that occurs most often in casual conversations
connotation
the mental connections or associations suggested bya aword that go beyond its literal meaning or its dictionary definition
macadam
a paving material made of layers of small stones that are packed together with asphalt or tar; a road surface that has been paved with layers of small stones
guileless
free of slyness or craftiness; simple and innocent
standard
conforming to eastablished usuage in speech or writing; commonly used and accepted as an authority; a rule or model used to juge the quality or correctness of something; criterion; a level of requirement, excellence, or attainment
reputable
having a good name; well thought of; honorable
maverick
a person who refuses to go along with the policies or views of his or her group; some one who is independent minded; a nonconformist; an unbranded calf or colt; a horse or steer that has escaped from the herd

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