Tuesdays with Morrie Vocabulary

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Day 1
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biopsy
the removal for diagnostic study of a piece of tissue from a living body
demise
death or decease
insatiable
incapable of being satisfied or appeased
aphorisms
a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation
humility
the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
deferments
the act of deferring or putting off; postponement.
lamented
mourned for, as a person who is dead
alienation
the state of being withdrawn or isolated from the objective world, as through indifference or disaffection
atrophied
wasted; withered; shriveled
cynical
distrusting or disparaging the motives of others
Day 2
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rational
agreeable to reason; reasonable; sensible
insidious
intended to entrap or beguile
intrusive
tending or apt to intrude; coming without invitation or welcome
clamoring
a loud uproar, as from a crowd of people
nostalgia
a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time
imminent
likely to occur at any moment; impending
ambivalence
uncertainty or fluctuation, especially when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things
egotistical
given to talking about oneself; vain; boastful; opinionated
opiate
a drug containing opium or its derivatives, used in medicine for inducing sleep and relieving pain.
communal
used or shared in common by everyone in a group
Day 3
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antidote
a medicine or other remedy for counteracting the effects of poison, disease, etc.
exploited
to utilize, especially for profit; turn to practical account
indecipherable
not understandable; incomprehensible.
solidarity
union or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group or between classes, peoples, etc.
agnostic
a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience
transcend
to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed
deficient
lacking some element or characteristic; defective
teeming
abounding or swarming with something, as with people
lavaliere
an ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck
perish
to die or be destroyed through violence, privation, etc.
Day 4
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condemned
to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of; censure
laurels
any of various similar trees or shrubs, as the mountain laurel or the great rhododendron
lilting
rhythmic swing or cadence
exertion
vigorous action or effort
stout
bulky in figure; heavily built; corpulent; thickset; fat
gazelle
any small antelope of the genus Gazella and allied genera, of Africa and Asia, noted for graceful movements and lustrous eyes.
radical
thoroughgoing or extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms
levitate
to rise or float in the air, especially as a result of a supernatural power that overcomes gravity
inclination
a disposition or bent, especially of the mind or will; a liking or preference
revel
to take great pleasure or delight
Day 5
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oblivion
the state of being completely forgotten or unknown
mogul
a bump or mound of hard snow on a ski slope
inconsequential
of little or no importance; insignificant; trivial
stagnated
to cease to run or flow, as water, air, etc.
pilgrimage
a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion
accosted
to approach and speak to in an aggressive or hostile manner
solidifying
to make solid; make into a hard or compact mass; change from a liquid or gaseous to a solid form
alabaster
a finely granular variety of gypsum, often white and translucent, used for ornamental objects or work, such as lamp bases, figurines, etc
inherent
existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute
innately
existing in one from birth; inborn; native
Day 6
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momentous
of great or far-reaching importance or consequence
stoic
of or pertaining to the school of philosophy founded by Zeno, who taught that people should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity
listing
the act of compiling a list
serenity
the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness
patriarch
a person regarded as the father or founder of an order, class, etc.
whimsical
of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy, as thoughts or actions
facade
any side of a building facing a public way or space and finished accord
buoyant
tending to float in a fluid
contorting
to twist, bend, or draw out of shape; distort