Semester 2 Vocab
1. Communication of thought by words; talk; conversation: earnest and intelligent discourse.
2. A formal discussion of a subject in speech or writing, as a dissertation, treatise, sermon, etc.
1. A person empowered to decide matters at issue; judge; umpire.
2. A person who has the sole or absolute power of judging or determining.
|Exculpate||Verb: Show or declare that (someone) is not guilty of wrongdoing.|
|Incontrovertible||Adjective: Not able to be denied or disputed|
|Penitent||Adjective: Feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong; repentant.|
|Impartial|| adjective: Not partial or biased; fair; just|
Treating all rivals or disputants equally; fair and just.
|Vindicate|| Verb: |
Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion.
Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified.
a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma.
lack of similarity or equality; inequality; difference
1. To make indifferent or hostile
2. To turn away; transfer or divert
|Servile|| Adjective: |
Having or showing an excessive willingness to serve or please others.
Of or characteristic of a slave or slaves.
1. Reddish; ruddy; rosy
2. Flowery; excessively ornate
|Ostentatious||adjective: Characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others|
1. Being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.
2. Unnecessary or needless.
1. Given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary.
2. Being without apparent reason, cause, or justification
something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time
|Theoretical||adjective: Of, pertaining to, or consisting in theory; not practical ( distinguished from applied).|
|Fastidious|| Adjective: |
Very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.
Very concerned about matters of cleanliness.
|Virtuoso|| Noun: |
A person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit.
A person with a special knowledge of or interest in works of art or curios.
|Copious|| Adjective: |
Abundant in supply or quantity.
|Clandestine|| Adjective: |
Kept secret or done secretively, esp. because illicit.
|Obdurate|| Adjective: |
Stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or course of action.
|Incumbent|| Adjective: |
Necessary for or resting on (someone) as a duty or responsibility.
The holder of an office or post.
|Proximity|| Noun: |
Nearness in space, time, or relationship.
|Eclectic|| Adjective: |
Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
|Truncate|| Verb: |
Shorten (something) by cutting off the top or the end
|Aesthetic|| Adjective: |
Concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.
|Pejorative|| Adjective: Expressing contempt or disapproval.|
Noun: A word expressing contempt or disapproval.
|Candor|| Noun: |
The quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness.
|Facile|| Adjective: |
(esp. of a theory or argument) Appearing neat and comprehensive by ignoring the complexities of an issue; superficial.
(of a person) Having a superficial or simplistic knowledge or approach.
|Apposition||Noun: The positioning of things or the condition of being side by side or close together.|
|Chiasmus||A rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form; e.g. 'Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.'|
|Lexicon||Noun: The vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge.|
|Plausible|| Adjective: |
(of an argument or statement) Seeming reasonable or probable.
(of a person) Skilled at producing persuasive arguments, esp. ones intended to deceive.
|Asylum|| The protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee.|
Shelter or protection from danger.
|Convoluted|| Adjective: |
(esp. of an argument, story, or sentence) Extremely complex and difficult to follow.
Intricately folded, twisted, or coiled.
|Torpor|| Noun: |
A state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy.
|Assertion|| Noun: |
A confident and forceful statement of fact or belief
The action of stating something or exercising authority confidently and forcefully
|Sanction|| Noun: |
A threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule.
Give official permission or approval for (an action).
|Fabricate|| Verb: |
Invent or concoct (something), typically with deceitful intent.
Construct or manufacture (something, esp. an industrial product), esp. from prepared components.
|Astute|| Adjective: |
Having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one's advantage
|Equivocate|| Verb: |
Use ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself.
|Indifferent|| Adjective: |
Having no particular interest or sympathy; unconcerned/
Neither good nor bad; mediocre
|Malleable|| Adjective: |
Easily influenced; pliable.
|Ambivalent|| Adjective: |
Having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.
|Omnipotent||Adjective: (of a deity) Having unlimited power; able to do anything.|
|Elusive|| Adjective: |
Difficult to find, catch, or achieve.
Difficult to remember or recall.
|Austere|| Adjective: |
Severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance
(of living conditions or a way of life) Having no comforts or luxuries; harsh or ascetic.
|Assiduous||Adjective: Showing great care and perseverance|