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Literary Analysis and Composition - Vocabulary



expedient adj.

[ex <L. from, out of] appropriate to a purpose or useful in achieving a goal n. a means to an end

expedite tr.v.

[ex <L. from out of] `. to help or hurry the progress of something 2. of business, to perform business quickly

impede tr.v.

[im = in <L. in] to hinder; to block the way of

pedigree n.

[de <L. from, away from, down from, and grus,gruis <L. crane: from the three-line claw-shaped mark used to show succession in a pedigree] 1. a line or list of ancestors, especially of a distinguished kind 2. a recorded line of descent showing pure breeding of animals

pedometer n.

[metron <G. measure] a device that calculates distance traveled by counting the number of steps taken



antipodes n.

[anti <G. against] 1. any two places on opposite sides of the earth 2. something that is the exact opposite of or contrary to something else

podiatry n.

the study and treatment of foot ailments

podium n.

[podion <G. small foot] an elevated platform for an orchestra conductor or lecturer; a dais (in biology, any foot-like structure)


to step, to walk

aggression n.

[ag = ad <L. to, toward] 1. the act or habit of launching attacks; invasion 2. hostile action or behavior

degradation n.

[de <L. from, away from] reduction in rank or status, especially of office or dignity 2. lowering of moral or intellectual character 3. disgrace or dishonor

digress intr.v.

[di = dis <L. away from, apart] to stray from the main topic in writing or speaking; to turn aside

gradation n.

a systematic progression through a series of stages

gradient n.

an incline or slope; the rate of incline

regress intr.v.

[re <L. back, again] to go back; to return to a former or less developed condition


to walk around

ambulatory adj.

1. able to walk about 2. pertaining to walking n. a place for walking; an arcade; a cloister

preamble n.

[per = prae <L. before] a preliminary statement in speech or writing; an introductory part


to kick

recalcitrant (adj.)

1. stubbornly resistant to authority or guidance 2. hard to manage [re (latin) = back, again]


to stand


a standing, a standing position


to cause to stand, to put, to place

constituent (adj)

serving as a necessary part of a whole n. a voter of a district represented by an elected official [con = cum (Latin) = with]

desist intr.v.

[de <L. from, away from] to cease doing something; to forbear; to abstain (often used with from)

destitute adj.

[de <L. from, away from, down from] 1. altogether lacking 2. poverty-stricken


intervening space; a chink; a crevice [inter (Latin) = between]

obstinate adj.

[ob <L. off, against] 1. very stubborn; inflexible 2. difficult to control or subdue

oust tr.v.

[ob <L. off, against] to force out of a position or place

restitution n.

[re <L. back, again] 1. restoration of a thing to its proper owner or its original state 2. repayment or repair for injury or damage

restive (adj.)

1. uneasy; restless 2. unruly [re (latin) = back, again]

stance n.

1. the position of the body and the feet while standing 2. an emotional or mental attitude

static (adj.)

1. at rest; unmoving 2. pertaining to electric charges n. interference in radio and television signals as a result of electrical disturbances

subsist intr. v.

[ sub<L. under] 1. to exist; to be 2. to be sustained; to live (used with on or by)

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