Vocabulary List # 3

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Allusion
Making a casual or indirect reference to something
Anecdote
A short account of a particular incident or event
Antithesis
The placing of a sentence or one of its parts against another which it is opposed to form a balanced contrast of ideas
Conjecture
The formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence or proof
Contours
A distinctive pattern of changes in pitch, stress, or tone extending across all or part of an utterance, especially across a sentence, and contributing to meaning.
Digression
A passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing.
Endnote
A note, as of explanation, emendation, or the like, added at the end of an article, chapter, etc.
Expose
A public exposure or revelation, as of something discrditable.
Paradox
A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth
Personification
The attribution of human nature or character to animals, inanimate objects or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure
Premise
A proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion
Sarcasm
Harsh or bitter derision or irony; sneering or cutting remark
Satire
The use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc
Simile
A figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in "She is like a rose."
Abstract
Theoretical; not applied or practical; difficult to understand.
Ancient
Very old; aged; being old in wisdom and experience; venerable
Antiquated
Continuing from, resembling or adhering to the past; old-fashioned; no longer used.
Assertive
Confidently aggressive or self-assured; positive; aggressive; dogmatic
Diabolical
Having the qualities of a devil; fiendish; outrageously wicked
Empirical
Derived from or guided by experience or experiment
Fastidiousness
Excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please
Implicit
Implied, rather than expressly stated
Indignant
Feeling, characterized by, or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting or base
Intangible
Incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable
Intimate
Associated in close personal relations; very private; closely personal
Linguistic
Of or belonging to language
Mythic
Pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a myth; dealing with myths, as writing
Precarious
Dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain; unstable; insecure
Reprehensible
Deserving of reproof, rebuke, or censure; blameworthy
Resilient
Springing back; rebounding
Solitary
By itself; alone; without companions
Subtle
Fine or delicate in meaning or intent; difficult to perceive or understand (as in subtle irony)
Sublime
Elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc; supreme or outstanding
Undignified
Lacking in dignity (nobility or elevation of character; worthiness)
Universal
Applicable everywhere or in all cases
Unprecedented
Without previous instance; never before known or experienced
Vulnerable
Capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt (literally or figuratively)
Candor
The state or quality of being frank; open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness
Commonality
A sharing of features or characteristics in common; possession or manifestation of common attributes
Contemplation
Full or deep consideration; reflection
Decorum
Dignified propriety of behavior speech, dress, etc
Disciplines
Training to act in accordance with rules; activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill
Enterprise
A project undertaken or to be undertaken, especially one that is important or difficult or that requires boldness or energy
Enthusiast
A person who is filled with enthusiasm for some principle, pursuit, etc; a person of ardent zeal
Exemplification
An illustration or example
Ferocity
A ferocious quality or state; savage fierceness
Intricacy
Being in state of entanglement or involvement
Methodologies
Sets or systems of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a given discipline as in the arts or sciences
Notion
A general understanding; vague or imperfect conception or idea of something; an opinion, view, or belief
Preoccupation
The state of being completely engrossed in thought; absorbed
Proposition
The act of offering or suggesting something to be considered, accepted, adopted, or done
Propriety
Conforming to established standards of good or proper behavior or manner
Refutation
The act of refuting a statement, charge, etc.; disproof
Status Quo
The existing state or condition
Taxonomy
The science or technique of classification
Transcription
A written copy; an exact copy
Vice
An immoral or evil habit or practice
Virtue
Moral excellence; goodness; righteousness
Veracity
Truthfullness
Assumption
The act of taking for granted or supposing
Attest to
To testify or bear witness; to give proof or evidence of; manifest
Consoling
To alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort
Contrast
To compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; to differ in a way that can serve to distinguish meanings
Derive
To reach or obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer
Disassociates
To withdraw from association; separate
Disdain
To look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn
Flourish
To be in its or one's prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.; to be successful; prosper
Forgo
To abstain or refrain from; do without; to give up, renounce or resign
Incite
To stir, encourage, or urge on; stimulate or prompt to action
Moralize
To reflect on or express opinions about something in terms of right or wrong, especially in a self-righteous or tiresome way
Qualify
To modify or limit in some way; make less strong or positive
Speculate
To engage in thought or reflection; to conjecture or predict
Substantiate
To establish by proof or competent evidence
Undermine
To weaken or cause to collapse by removing underlying support
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