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15 terms

Week 9 12.07.09

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auspicious
adj. marked by lucky signs or good omens, and therefore by the promise of success or happiness
breadth
n. the extent of something, especially when it is impressively great
contingent
adj. dependent on or resulting from a future and as yet unknown event or circumstance
crass
adj. so thoughtless, vulgar, and insensitive as to lack all refinement or delicacy
diatribe
n. a bitter verbal or written attack on somebody or something
divergence
n. a difference between two or more things such as opinions or attitudes
eschew
v. to avoid doing or using something on principle or as a matter of course
imposing
adj. large and stately, thus creating an impression of grandeur
modicum
n. a small amount, especially of something abstract such as a quality
moratorium
n. a formally agreed period during which an activity is halted or a planned activity is postponed
portent
n. an indication that something, often something unpleasant, is going to happen
sardonic
adj. disdainfully or cynically mocking
specious
adj. appearing to be true but really false
stymie
v. to prevent somebody or something from making further progress
supine
adj. lying on the back and with the face upward