Monday, August 27, 2012

Vocab List #3
accolade- any award or honor.
The play received accolades from the press.
acerbity- sourness, with roughness of taste.
She experienced acerbity when she tried nopales for the first time.
attrition- a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength.
Our gym has had a high rate of attrition because so many members have moved away.
bromide- a platitude or trite saying.
The commencement address was a bromide.
chauvinist- blind enthusiast for military glory.
Naïve Americans can be considered chauvinists when it comes to their opinion on the American military.
chronic- constant; habitual.
James was a chronic liar.
expound- to set forth or state in detail.
Charles Darwin expounded his theories on natural selection.
factionalism- affiliation with a group of people inside a political party.
Mitt Romney is a part of the Republican factionalism.
immaculate- free from spot or stain.
The man wore a shirt derived from immaculate linen.
imprecation- the act of cursing.
Someone with terrets can’t be rightly accused for imprecation.
ineluctable- incapable of being evaded.
Justin has an ineluctable destiny.
mercurial- changeable; volatile.
Human nature can be described as mercurial.
palliate- to relieve or lessen without curing; alleviate.
Vikoden is used to palliate pain.
protocol- the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic etiquette.
The president being secure at all times is protocol for the Secret Service.
resplendent- shining brilliantly; gleaming.
The jewel was resplendent because it was just cleaned.
stigmatize- to set some mark of disgrace or infamy upon.
The crime of the father stigmatized the whole family.
sub rosa- confidentially; secretly; privately.
The document was sub rosa stolen.
vainglory- excessive elation or pride over one’s own achievements.
It is arguable that Beowulf possesses vainglory.
vestige- visible evidence of something that is no longer present or in existence.
A few columns were the last vestiges of a Creek temple.
volition- the act of willing, choosing, or resolving.
She left of her own volition.

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