11AP: Lesson 5
|fop|| N. an excessively fashion-conscious man|
When he came in wearing a bow tie, a diamond pinky ring, and carrying a pearl-handled cane, we knew he was a fop.
|imprecation|| N. a curse|
Jennifer was so angry she pronounced an imprecation on him, his family, and all his friends.
SYN: condemnation; anathema
|non sequitur|| N. something that does not logically follow|
That he would not be a good mayor because he can't control his own family is a non sequitur," said John.
SYN: fallacy; misconception
|sanguine|| ADJ. cheerful; optimistic|
Sally's sanguine personality made everyone in her company pleased to be with her.
|bowdlerize|| V. to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc.|
If the editors bowdlerize much more of the book, there won't be anything left to read.
|impair|| V. to weaken; to cause to become worse|
Mother used to say that reading in poor light could impair your vision.
SYN: damage; deteriorate
|panegyric|| N. an expression of praise|
The ancient Greeks gave panegyrics and crowns of ivy in tribute to their heroes.
SYN: tribute; extolment
|quandary|| N. a puzzling situation; a dilemma|
John was in a quandary deciding what his major should be.
|ebullient|| ADJ. enthusiastic|
The ebullient crowd cheered as the royal family appeared.
SYN: exuberant; lively
ANT: dejected; dispirited
|deference|| N. respect; consideration|
In deference to the young widow, we moved quietly aside and allowed her to leave first.
|carnal|| ADJ. relating to physical appetite, especially sexual|
After receiving complaints, the town council decided to remove the carnal statue from the park area.
ANT: chaste; modest
|nebulous|| ADJ. hazy, vague, uncertain|
He had a nebulous feeling of fear all day, but he didn't understand why until the thunder started.
SYN: cloudy; indistinct; obscure
ANT: distinct; precise
|rakish|| ADJ. carefree; dashing; jaunty|
His hat sat at the back of his head at a rakish angle.
|elegy|| N. a sad or mournful poem|
The reading of the elegy brought tears during the funeral.
SYN: dirge; lament
|pedantic|| ADJ. tending to show off one's learning|
After one year of college, he lost all of his friends because of his pedantic behavior.