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Vocabulary From Classical Roots D Chapters 7 and 8

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affable
Easy to speak to; approachable; polite, friendly
ineffable
1. Beyond description; indescribable 2. Not to be uttered; taboo
dictatorial
Domineering; autocratic, like a dictator
diction
1. Choice of words in speech or writing 2. A person's manner of uttering or pronouncing words
dictum
An authoritative expression of opinion
ditty
A simple song
edict
A decree or proclamation issued by an authority
indict
1. To issue a formal charge of a crime 2. To accuse
indite
To write; to compose
interdiction
A prohibition; the act of forbidding
jurisdiction
1. Control and authority, especially to interpret and exercise the law 2. The specific area of someone's or something's control or authority
malediction
A curse
valediction
A bidding farewell; a leave-taking; a farewell speech
gloss
An explanation of a difficult expression in a text
polyglot
A person who knows several languages well
acclamation
1. Applause; enthusiastic approval 2. An oral vote, especially an enthusiastic vote of approval
clamor
A loud outcry, especially in protest
declaim
To speak loudly or passionately
forensic
Referring to legal proceedings or formal debate or rhetoric
forum
1. The central square or marketplace of a Roman city 2. A public meeting or any situation for open discussion
lingo
Unfamiliar language; a dialect or special jargon
lingua franca
A language used by people who do not speak a common tongue; usually combines aspects of different languages
linguist
1. A person who speaks several language; a polyglot 2. A person who studies linguistics, the structure of human speech
circumlocution
1. The use of many words when few would do 2. Evasive talk; roundabout expression
colloquium
A meeting for discussion, especially in an academic setting
locution
A word or expression; phraseology
loquacious
Very talkative
proverbial
1. Of or like a wise or witting folksaying 2. Well-known; notorious; frequently spoken of
verbatim
Word for word; in exactly the same words
verbose
Wordy; using excessive words