Vocabulary Words DP 11

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Words I am learning in my readings or great words I want to remember. Words for my students to steal if their reading is not meaty enough.

intransigence

refusal to moderate a position or to compromise

draconian

cruel; harsh; severe; ironhanded

heuristics

Sets of strategies, rather than strict rules, that act as guidelines for discovery-oriented problem solving.

hermeneutics

The art of analyzing literary texts or human experience, understood as fundamentally ambiguous, by interpreting levels of meaning.

propinquity

nearness in place or time; kinship

iconoclast

someone who tries to destroy traditional ideas or institutions

ratiocination

logical and methodical reasoning

lugubrious

excessively mournful

agency

the state of being in action or exerting power

augury

an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come.

pontifical

adj. pertaining to a bishop or pope; pompous or pretentious

estuary

the wide part of a river where it nears the sea

superfluous

more than is needed, desired, or required

morass

a wet swampy bog; figuratively, something that traps and confuses

penury

a state of extreme poverty or destitution

impertinence

inappropriate playfulness

ascertain

after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

panopticon

- A circular prison in which each inmate is constantly under surveillance from a central watchtower
- Michael Foucault

stolid

not easily moved mentally or emotionally; dull, unresponsive

Reticence

restraint in speech, reluctance to speak

facetious

humorous, not meant seriously

erudition

deep, extensive learning

tableau

a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting)

exhort

urge on or encourage especially by shouts

dross

worthless material that should be removed

decanter

a bottle with a stopper

undulate

move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

scruples

misgivings about something one feels is wrong; morals and values

chagrin

strong feelings of embarrassment

privation

a state of extreme poverty

redound

have an effect for good or ill

aggrandize

to increase in power, influence, and reputation

miser

a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living miserably)

proletariat

a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages

polemics

the branch of Christian theology devoted to the refutation of errors

refutation

the act of determining that something is false

puerile

displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

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