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December 2004 Vocab

Terms

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adjective

1 : strange or clumsy in shape or appearance : outlandish
2 : lacking in polish and grace : rugged
*3 : awkward and uncultivated in appearance, manner, or behavior : rude
uncouth
adjective

: of, relating to, or characterized by play : playful
ludic
noun

: the insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of a word
epenthesis
verb

1 : to reflect on carefully : ponder
*2 : to be attentive : reflect
perpend
noun

1 : an explanation of controlling principles of opinion, belief, practice, or phenomena
*2 : an underlying reason : basis
rationale
adjective

: flagrantly wicked or impious : evil
nefarious
adjective

*1 : containing more words than necessary : wordy; also : impaired by wordiness
2 : given to wordiness
verbose
noun

1 : a government official (as in Sweden or New Zealand) who investigates complaints made against public officials
*2 : one that investigates reported complaints (as from students or consumers), reports findings, and helps to achiev
ombudsman
noun

1 : assembly, meeting
2 : an assembly of an irregular or unlawful character
*3 : an assembly for religious worship; especially : a secret meeting for worship not sanctioned by law
4 : meetinghouse
conventicle
adjective

*1 : capable of being easily led, taught, or controlled : docile
2 : easily handled, managed, or wrought : malleable
tractable
noun

1 : sea spray; especially : spray blown from waves during a gale
*2 : fine wind-borne snow or sand
spindrift
adverb

: in confidence : secretly
sub rosa
adjective

: expressing a wish
precatory
noun

*1 : a Christmas carol
2 capitalized : Christmas
noel
adjective

: lacking skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations : inept
maladroit
noun

1 : a glove worn with medieval armor to protect the hand
2 : any of various protective gloves used especially in industry
*3 : an open challenge (as to combat) — used in phrases like throw down the ______ (in which you may
gauntlet
adj: angry at unfairness; angry or annoyed at the unfairness or unreasonableness of somebody or something
indignant
adj
disrespectful: showing an aggressive lack of respect in speech or behavior
insolent
adj
1. lazy: lethargic and not showing any interest or making any effort
2. medicine painless and slow to change: used to describe a disease or condition that is slow to develop or be healed, and causes no pain
indolent
verb

: to come out finally : result, come about
eventuate
noun

1 a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech *b : a short news item; especially : filler
2 a : a small firecracker b : a broken firecracker in which the powder burns with a fizz
3 : a small electric or pyrotechnic devi
squib
adjective

1 *a : fussy about small details : fastidious b : having the characteristics of a snob
2 : requiring great precision
persnickety

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