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abulia (\uh-BOO-lee-uh; uh-BYOO-\.. noun) Loss or impairment of the ability to act or to make decisions.
afflatus (\uh-FLAY-tuhs\.. noun) A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.
anthropomorphic (\an-thruh-puh-MOR-fik\ adjective) *1 : described or thought of as having a human form or human attributes 2 : ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman things
approbation (\ap-ruh-BAY-shun\ noun) 1 : an act of approving formally or officially *2 : commendation.. praise
bellwether (\BEL-weth-uhr\.. noun) A leader of a movement or activity; also.. a leading indicator of future trends.
camarilla (\kam-uh-RIL-uh; -REE-yuh\.. noun) A group of secret and often scheming advisers.. as of a king; a cabal or clique.
chimera (\ky-MIR-uh\.. noun) 1. (Capitalized) A fire-breathing she-monster represented as having a lion's head.. a goat's body.. and a serpent's tail. 2. Any imaginary monster made up of grotesquely incongruous parts. 3. An illusion or mental fabrication; a grotesque product of the imagination. 4. An individual.. organ.. or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution.. produced as a result of organ transplant.. grafting.. or genetic engineering.
confluence (\KON-floo-uhnts\ noun) 1. A flowing or coming together; junction. 2. The place where two rivers.. streams.. etc. meet. 3. A flocking or assemblage of a multitude in one place; a large collection or assemblage.
deglutition (\dee-gloo-TISH-un\ noun) the act or process of swallowing
demarche (\day-MARSH\ noun) 1. a : a course of action : maneuver b : a diplomatic or political initiative or maneuver *2. : a petition or protest presented through diplomatic channels
deus ex machina (\DAY-uhs-eks-MAH-kuh-nuh; -nah; -MAK-uh-nuh\.. noun) 1. In ancient Greek and Roman drama.. a god introduced by means of a crane to unravel and resolve the plot. 2. Any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty.
epigone (\EP-uh-gohn\.. noun) An inferior imitator.. especially of some distinguished writer.. artist.. musician.. or philosopher.
gild the lily (\GILD-thuh-LILL-ee\ phrasal verb) : to add unnecessary ornamentation to something beautiful in its own right
gimcrack (\JIM-krak\.. noun) 1. A showy but useless or worthless object; a gewgaw. 2. Tastelessly showy; cheap; gaudy.
importunate (\im-POR-chuh-nit\.. adjective) Troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous.
inanition (\in-uh-NISH-un\ noun) 1 : the exhausted condition that results from lack of food and water *2 : the absence or loss of social.. moral.. or intellectual vitality or vigor
inveigle (\in-VAY-guhl; -VEE-\.. transitive verb) 1. To persuade by ingenuity or flattery; to entice. 2. To obtain by ingenuity or flattery.
jollification (\jol-ih-fuh-KAY-shuhn\.. noun) Merrymaking; festivity; revelry.
lambaste (\lam-BAYST\.. transitive verb) 1. To give a thrashing to; to beat severely. 2. To scold sharply; to attack verbally; to berate.
lenity (\LEN-uh-tee\.. noun) The state or quality of being lenient; mildness; gentleness of treatment; leniency.
lionize (\LY-uh-nyz\.. transitive verb) To treat or regard as an object of great interest or importance.
luftmensch (\LOOFT-mensh -the ""OO"" is as in ""foot""\ noun) an impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income
miasma (\my-AZ-muh; mee-\.. noun) 1. A vaporous exhalation (as of marshes or putrid matter) formerly thought to cause disease; broadly.. a thick vaporous atmosphere or emanation. 2. A harmful or corrupting atmosphere or influence; also.. an atmosphere that obscures; a fog.
objurgate (\OB-juhr-gayt\.. transitive verb) To express strong disapproval of; to criticize severely.
omphalos (\AHM-fuh-lahss\ noun) a central point : hub.. focal point
petulant (\PET-chuh-lunt\ adjective) 1 : insolent or rude in speech or behavior *2 : characterized by temporary or capricious ill humor : peevish
pin money (\pin money\.. noun) 1. An allowance of money given by a husband to his wife for private and personal expenditures. 2. Money for incidental expenses. 3. A trivial sum.
portent (\POR-tent\.. noun) 1. A sign of a coming event or calamity; an omen. 2. Prophetic or menacing significance. 3. Something amazing; a marvel.
posit (\POZ-it\.. transitive verb) 1. To assume as real or conceded. 2. To propose as an explanation; to suggest. 3. To dispose or set firmly or fixedly.
presentiment (\prih-ZENT-uh-munt\ noun) a feeling that something will or is about to happen : premonition
quixotic (\kwik-SAH-tik\ adjective) 1 : foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action 2 : capricious.. unpredictable
roister (\ROY-stur\.. intransitive verb) 1. To engage in boisterous merrymaking; to revel; to carouse. 2. To bluster; to swagger.
salubrious (\suh-LOO-bree-us\.. adjective) Favorable to health; promoting health; healthful.
semelparous (\seh-MEL-puh-rus\ adjective) reproducing or breeding only once in a lifetime
spinous (\SPY-nuss\ adjective) difficult or unpleasant to handle or meet : thorny
truculent (\TRUCK-yuh-lunt\ adjective) 1 : feeling or displaying ferocity : cruel.. savage 2 : deadly.. destructive 3 : scathingly harsh : vitriolic 4 : aggressively self-assertive : belligerent
velleity (\vuh-LEE-uh-tee\ noun) 1 : the lowest degree of volition *2 : a slight wish or tendency : inclination
voluble (\VOL-yuh-buhl\.. adjective) 1. Characterized by a ready flow of speech. 2. Easily rolling or turning; rotating. 3. (Botany) Having the power or habit of turning or twining.
winsome (\WIN-suhm\.. adjective) 1. Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted. 2. Causing joy or pleasure; agreeable; pleasant.
woebegone (\WOE-bee-gon\.. adjective) 1. Beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; woeful. 2. Being in a sorry condition; dismal-looking; dilapidated; run-down.
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author Juno Suk
welcomemessage Vocabulary set gathered from various Word of the Day email subscription services during April, 2008. Join our group at quizlet.com (http://quizlet.com/group/15702/).
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