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27 terms

Lit Vocab 4

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leaven
a substance used to make dough rise; to lighten the mood; element that lightens are enlightens
mawkish
excessively and objectionably sentimental
gallivant
to roam about in search of pleasure or amusement; to play around amorously, to flirt
boondoggle
a trivial, useless, wasteful project or activity
ineluctable
not to be avoided or overcome; inevitable
piquant, piquancy
pleasantly pungent in taste or odor, spicy; pleasantly or appealingly provocative
quotidian
commonplace or everyday; occurring daily, used especially for attacks of malaria
lackadaisical
lacking spirit or languid
demarcate
to set the boundaries of, to delimit; to separate clearly as if by boundaries
vertigo, vertiginous
a dizzy sensation, a feeling that one's environment is whirling around; a confused, disoriented state of mind
duplicity
deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech; double-dealing; the state of being doubled or two-fold
dispossessed
evicted or ousted; without property or status, as wandering or displaced persons; rootless or disenfranchised; disaffiliated, alienated
hegemony, hegemonic
predominance, especially the influence of one's state over the other; the dominant beliefs or attitudes of the majority prevailing over the minority
zeitgeist
the spirit of the age/time; the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era
aegis
sponsorship or auspices; the shield or breast plate of Zeus; protection or support; "under the aegis of..."
primer
an elementary textbook or a book that covers the basics
hermeneutics
the art or science of interpretation, especially of Scriptures
lexicon
a workbook or dictionary especially of Latin, Greek, or Hebrew; the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.; the total inventory of words or morphemes in a given language
estrange
to turn (a person) from affection to indifference, dislike, or hatred; to keep apart or to keep away
chary
very cautious or wary; shy, timid; not giving or expending freely
assignation
the act of assigning; an assignment; an appointment for a meeting or a rendezvous, often between lovers
risible
capable of laughing or inclined to laugh; pertaining to or used in laughter; apt to incite/excite laugher, ludicrous
filial
of or befitting a son of daughter
serendipity, serendipitous
the faculty of making fortunate and unexpected discoveries by accident
gaffe
clumsy, social error, mistake
eschatology
branch of theology concerned with ultimate or last things, such as death, judgment, heaven & hell, apocalypse
jejune
naïve, simplistic, and superficial; without interest; dull or insipid; lacking knowledge or experience; juvenile, immature, childish