Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Spring Vocab. List #2 1/14/14

accouterments: additional items of dress or equipment, or other items carried or worn by a person or used for a particular activity. 

The snow gear carried with the climber were just accouterments to suit his situation.

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

The IPhone 5s is currently an apogee in the technology industry. 

apropos: with reference to; concerning

The apropos that the young man was trying to convey seemed crucial to his well being. 

bicker: argue about petty and thrival matters

While in the backseat, the twins continued to bicker about sharing the toys. 

coalesce: come together and form one mass or whole

Some animals create a coalesce to help scare off predators. 

contretemps: an unexpected and unfortunate occurrence 

The death was an unexpected contretemps to the family.

convolution: the state of being coiled or twisted or the process of becoming so 

When the snake became startled, he immediately started onto a convolution.

cull: select from a large quantity; obtain from a variety of sources 

I was happy that I had a cull of options as opposed to just one or two.

disparate: difference in kind; not allowing comparison

There happened to be a vast disparate of the two men in the room.

dogmatic: inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true 

Darwin's theory was ultimately a dogmatic case in the history of science.

licentious: disregarding accepted rules or conventions ( in grammar or literary style)

The literature analysis looked as if the student had a licentious mind set going into the work.

mete: dispense or allot justice, a punishment, or harsh treatment 

Some prisoners in other countries experience a mete of treatment to learn their lesson.

noxious: harmful, poisonous or very unpleasant 

The smell of the old house was very noxious like, I couldn't bare to stand under the stairs anymore.

polemic: a strong verbal/written attack on someone or something 

Throughout high school, there is always those one or two girls that write polemic things about others.

populous: having a large population; densely populated

Santa Maria has become quite populous lately.

probity: the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency

Many people these days have lost the probity of what it means to be human.

repartee: conversation or speech characterized by quick, witty comments or replies

I enjoy having conversations with those that are very repartee in their responses.

supervene: occur later than a specified or implied event or action, typically in such a way as to change the situation

In order to break a cycle, sometimes a supervene thing and or person has to step in.

truncate: shorten (something) by cutting off the top or the end

I wanted to make the surf board a little shorter on the nose so I proceeded to truncate at it until I was satisfied.

unimpeachable: not able to be doubted, questioned, or criticized; entirely trustworthy

It doesn't surprise me that to this day my mother sees me as an unimpeachable person.