Lexicon Week 11

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bilious

adj. of or relating to bile, marked by or suffering from liver dysfunction and especially excessive secretion of bile, appearing as if affected by a bilious disorder; of or indicative of a peevish ill-natured disposition; sickeningly unpleasant <with clapboards painted red and bilious yellow — Sinclair Lewis>

cognate

adj./n. of the same or similar nature : generically alike; related by blood; also : related on the mother's side; related by descent from the same ancestral language, of a word or morpheme, related by derivation, borrowing, or descent c of a substantive, related to a verb usually by derivation and serving as its object to reinforce the meaning

corollary

n./adj. a proposition inferred immediately from a proved proposition with little or no additional proof; something that naturally follows : result b : something that incidentally or naturally accompanies or parallels

cul-de-sac

n. blind diverticulum or pouch; a street or passage closed at one end

derring-do

n. daring action : daring <deeds of derring-do>

elixir

n. a substance held capable of changing base metals into gold/prolonging life indefinitely --medicinal concoction, cure-all; a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring; the essential principle

folderol

n. a useless ornament or accessory : trifle; nonsense

gamut

n. the whole series of recognized musical note; an entire range or series <ran the gamut from praise to contempt> (range of something)

hoi polloi

n. the general populace : masses

ineffable

adj. incapable of being expressed in words : indescribable <ineffable joy> ; unspeakable <ineffable disgust>; not to be uttered : taboo <the ineffable name of Jehovah>

lucubration

n. laborious or intensive study; also : the product of such study —usually used in plural

obloquy

n. a strongly condemnatory utterance : abusive language; the condition of one that is discredited : bad repute

pundit

n. pandit; a learned man : teacher; a person who gives opinions in an authoritative manner usually through the mass media : critic

risible

adj. capable of laughing, disposed to laugh; arousing or provoking laughter; especially : laughable; associated with, relating to, or used in laughter <risible muscles>

volte-face

n. a reversal in policy : about-face (reversal of attitude, behavior, direction)

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