Friday, January 10, 2014

spring post #1 definitions 1/9/14

adumbrate: report or represent in outline

apotheosis: the highest point in the development of something; culmination or climax

ascetic: characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons

bauble: a small, showy trinket or decoration

 beguile: charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way

burgeon: begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish.

complement: a thing that completes or brings to perfection.

contumacious: of a defendant's behavior, stubbornly or willfully disobedient to authority.

curmudgeon: a bad-tempered or surly person.

didactic: intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.