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Barbarisms Coloquialisms Vocabulary

comprise

to be made up of

constitute

to make up

include

to contain

convince

to compel assent or belief by argument

persuade

to influence to a decision or sourse of action

imply

suggests
indicates directly

infer

draws a conclusion

DO NOT write: can't hardly

WRITE: can hardly

DO NOT write: equally as....as

WRITE: equally...with
as.....as

DO NOT write: most favorite

WRITE: favorite

differ from

to be dissimilar

differ with

to disagree with

fewer

the countable

less

the uncountable

DO NOT write: very unique

WRITE: very unusual, incredibly strange, almost unique, or nearly unique

continual

recurring at intervals

continuous

continuing without interruption

farther

literal distance

further

figurative distance or extent

DO NOT use "feel" loosely; use "think" or "believe" instead

use "feel" for nonrational perceptions or impressions

can

ability

may

denote permission

DO NOT use "most perfect" or "very parrallel"

WRITE: "almost perfect" and "very nearly parrallel"

DO NOT use "nice"

USE: enjoyable, etc

disinterested

impartial

uninterested

without curiosity, care, concern

DO NOT use "expect"

...for "presume" or "suppose"

practical

useful, nontheoretical

practicable

feasible, capable of being done

practically

in a way that is practical

DO NOT use "due to"

...for "because of"

repugnant

opposed, esp, reciprocally opposed; excited distaste or aversion

polyglot

able to speak or write several languages

contiguous

in close proximity without actually touching

complement

something that completes or makes perfect

disparage

belittle; speak slightingly of; to lower esteem

enigmatic

mysterious; perplexing

milieu

surroundings, esp of a social or cultural nature

indigenous

innate, inherent, natural; originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country

vitriolic

very caustic; scathing

pedantry

display of narrow-minded and trivial scholarship; unimaginative and arbitrary adherence to rules

anachronism

something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronolical time

veritable

being truly or very much so

prodigal

addicted to wasteful expenditure, as of money, time, or strength; yielding in profusion; bountiful

forte

one's strong point; orig, the strong part of the blade of a sword from the middle to the hilt

canon

a rule or law; an established rule or principle; a standard for judgement

self-abnegation

self-denial or self-sacrifice

conciliatory

tending to conciliate; intended to placate or reconcile

extirpate

to destroy completely, abolish; more violent than eradicate

ostracism

exclusion, by general consent, from social acceptance, priviledges, friendship, etc.

audacious

extremely bad or daring

spector

a ghost, an appatrition; any object of fear or dread

sporadic

occassional; occurring at irregular intervals

compunction

a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for wrong doing

subterfuge

an artifice or expendient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc

duplicity

deceitful in speech or content

debacle

a sudden and disastrous breakdown or collapse; ruin, rout

erudition

knowledge acquired by study, research, etc; learning scholarship

deference

a yielding in opinion, judgement, wishes, etc; a courteous regard or respect

exigency

urgency; emergency

reprehensible

deserving of reproof, rebuke, or censure; blameworthy

ignominious

discreditable; humiliating

twit

to taunt, tease, ridicule, etc with reference to anything embarrassing

extant

in existence; still existing, not destroyed or lost

callous

made hard; hardened; insensitive, indifferent; un sympathetic

ethics

a system of moral principles or values

metaphysical

concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds; concerned with abstract thought or subjects; highly abstract or abtruse

incredulous

indicating of showing unbelief

stultifying

causing to appear foolish or ridiculous; rendering absurdly or wholly ineffectual

exorbitant

exceeding the bounds of custom, propriety, or reason; away from its track

arduous

requiring great exertion; hard to endure

endemic

belonging exclusively or confined to a province; narrowness

continuum

something that is continuous, of which no separate parts are discernible; a continuous extent or whole

periphery

the external boundary of any surface of area

entrepreneur

a person who organizes and manages an enterprise

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