Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wordy Days #4!

Words from last week:

  1. archaic  [ahr-key-ik]  adj
    1. marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated: an archaic manner; an archaic notion.
    2. (of a linguistic form) commonly used in an earlier time but rare in present-day usage except to suggest the older time, as in religious rituals or historical novels. Examples: thou; wast; methinks; forsooth.
    3. forming the earliest stage; prior to full development: the archaic period of psychoanalytic research.
    4. ( often initial capital letter  ) pertaining to or designating the style of the fine arts, especially painting and sculpture, developed in Greece from the middle 7th to the early 5th century b.c., chiefly characterized by an increased emphasis on the human figure in action, naturalistic proportions and anatomical structure, simplicity of volumes, forms, or design, and the evolution of a definitive style for the narrative treatment of subject matter. 
    5. primitive; ancient; old: an archaic form of animal life.
  2. doyen  [doi-en, doi-uhn; French dwa-yan]  
    1. the senior member, as in age, rank, or experience, of a group, class, profession, etc.
  3. abject  [ab-jekt, ab-jekt]  adj
    1. utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched: abject poverty.
    2. contemptible; despicable; base-spirited: an abject coward.
    3. shamelessly servile; slavish.
    4. Obsolete . cast aside.
  4. segue  [sey-gwey, seg-wey] verb, se·gued, se·gue·ing, noun
    1. verb (used without object)
      1. to continue at once with the next musical section or composition (often used as a musical direction).
      2. to perform in the manner of the preceding section (used as a musical direction).
      3. to make a transition from one thing to another smoothly and without interruption: The conversation segued from travel anecdotes to food.
    2. noun
      1. an uninterrupted transition made between one musical section or composition and another.
      2. any smooth, uninterrupted transition from one thing to another.
  5. languid  [lang-gwid]  adj
    1. lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow: a languid manner.
    2. lacking in spirit or interest; listless; indifferent.
    3. drooping or flagging from weakness or fatigue; faint.
  6. astute  [uh-stoot, uh-styoot]  adj
    1. of keen penetration or discernment; sagacious: an astute analysis.
    2. clever; cunning; ingenious; shrewd: an astute merchandising program; an astute manipulation of facts.
  7. sagacious  [suh-gey-shuhs] adj
    1. having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd: a sagacious lawyer.
    2. Obsolete . keen of scent.
  8. du jour  [duh zhoor, doo; French dy zhoor]  noun
    1. as prepared on the particular day; of the kind being served today: The soup du jour is split pea.
    2. fashionable; current: environmentalism and other issues du jour.
  9. nexus  [nek-suhs] noun, plural nex·us·es, nex·us.
    1. a means of connection; tie; link.
    2. a connected series or group.
    3. the core or center, as of a matter or situation.
    4. Cell Biology . a specialized area of the cell membrane involved in intercellular communication and adhesion.
  10. incredulous  [in-krej-uh-luhs] adj
    1. not credulous; disinclined or indisposed to believe; skeptical.
    2. indicating or showing unbelief: an incredulous smile.

Words for this week:
Note that this week and probably the next week or so, I'm going to treat you guys to some lovely legal terms. See during the summer, I thought I wanted to be a paralegal, so I rented some law books from the library and wrote down all the words I didn't know. Most of them ended up being legal terms. 

  1. gesticulate  [je-stik-yuh-leyt]
    1. verb (used without object)
      1. to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.
    2. verb (used with object)
      1. to express by gesturing.
  2. egregious  [ih-gree-juhs, -jee-uhs] adj
    1. extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar. Synonyms: gross, outrageous, notorious, shocking. Antonyms: tolerable, moderate, minor, unnoticeable.
    2. Archaic. distinguished or eminent.
  3. acquiesce  [ak-wee-es] verb (used without object)
    1. to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.
  4. commodious  [kuh-moh-dee-uhs] adj
    1. spacious and convenient; roomy: a commodious apartment.
    2. ample or adequate for a particular purpose: a commodious harbor.
  5. incommunicado  [in-kuh-myoo-ni-kah-doh] adj
    1. (especially of a prisoner) deprived of any communication with others.
  6. replete  [ri-pleet] adj
    1. abundantly supplied or provided; filled (usually followed by with  ): a speech replete with sentimentality.
    2. stuffed or gorged with food and drink.
    3. complete: a scholarly survey, replete in its notes and citations.
    4. noun
      1. Entomology . (among honey ants) a worker with a distensible crop in which honeydew and nectar are stored for the use of the colony.
  7. connivance  [kuh-nahy-vuhns]  noun
    1. the act of conniving.
    2. Law.
      1. tacit encouragement or assent (without participation) to wrongdoing by another.
      2. the consent by a person to a spouse's conduct, especially adultery, that is later made the basis of a divorce proceeding or other complaint.
  8. appellate  [uh-pel-it]  adj
    1.  Law.
      1. of or pertaining to appeals.
      2. having the power or authority to review and decide appeals, as a court.
  9. compurgation  [kom-per-gey-shuhn] noun
    1. an early common-law method of trial in which the defendant is acquitted on the sworn endorsement of a specified number of friends or neighbors.
  10. appertain  [ap-er-teyn] verb (used without object)
    1. to belong as a part, right, possession, attribute, etc.; pertain or relate (usually followed by to  ): privileges that appertain to members of the royal family.

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