Thursday, November 1, 2012

Vocab #10

Aficionado - noun a serious devotee of some particular music genre or musical performer; a fan of bull fighting
Browbeat - verb discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate; be bossy towards
Commensurate - adj. corresponding in size or degree or extent
Diaphanous - adj. so thin as to transmit light
Emolument - noun compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment (usually in the form of wages or fees)
Foray - noun an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence); a sudden short attack; verb briefly enter enemy territory; steal goods; take as spoils
Genre - noun a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique; a kind of literary or artistic work; an expressive style of music; a style of expressing yourself in writing
Homily - noun a sermon on a moral or religious topic
Immure - verb lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
Insouciant - adj. marked by blithe unconcern
Matrix - noun mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface; the formative tissue at the base of a nail; the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded; a rectangular array of elements (or entries) set out by rows and columns; an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)
Obsequies - noun a funeral rite or ceremony
Panache - noun a feathered plume on a helmet; distinctive and stylish elegance
Persona - noun (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world; an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
Philippic - noun a speech of violent denunciation
Prurient - adj. characterized by lust
Sacrosanct - adj. must be kept sacred
Systemic - adj. affecting an entire system
Tendentious - adj. having or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one
Vicissitude - noun mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another); a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something

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