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Camp: Vocabulary 1-2-3

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acronym
noun- a word formed from the initial letters of a name or by combining initial letters or parts of a series of words
affix
noun A) word element, such as a prefix or suffix that is attached o a base, stem, or root; B) something that is attached, joined or added; transitive verb A) to secure (an object) to another; attach: affix a stamp to a letter B) to place at the end: affix postscript
coinage
noun A) the invention of new words B) an invented word or phrase C) the process of making coins
colloquial
adjective A) used in or suitable to spoken language or to writing that imitates speech; controversial B) informal in style of expression
malapropism
noun the formation or use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but humorously wrong in the context: "polo bear" rather than "polar bear"
onomatopoeia
noun the formation or use of a word that imitates or resembles what it stands for
palindrome
noun a word, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward of forward
portmanteau word
compound noun a word formed by merging the sounds and meanings of two different words; blend
simile
noun a figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as
spoonerism
noun an accidental but humorous distortion of words in a phrase formed by interchanging the initial sounds
diligence
noun constant and earnest effort to accomplish a task; careful attention
fastidious
adjective A) difficult to satisfy or please; exacting B) possessing or displaying careful attention to detail
foresight
noun the ability to see what is likely to happen and to prepare for it accordingly; careful thought or concern for the future
judicious
adjective having or exhibiting sound judgement; sensible; wise
meticulous
adjective A) extremely careful and precise B) excessively concerned with details
minutiae
noun minor or trivial details
prudent
adjective exercising caution, good judgement, or common sense in handing practical matters; giving thought to one's actions and their consequences
punctilious
adjective A) attentive to the finer points of etiquette and formal conduct B) very careful and exact
selective
adjective A) careful in choosing; particular; discriminating B) highly specific in activity; selective pesticides
systematic
adjective A) having a system, method, or plan; carried out in a step-by-step procedure B) orderly in arranging things or getting things done; purposely regular
beguile
transitive verb A) to deceive; trick B) to amuse; delight C) to pass (time) pleasantly
civility
noun A) politeness; courtesy B) an act or expression of courtesy
decorum
noun appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
demeanor
noun the way in which one behaves or conducts oneself; deportment
foolhardy
adjective foolishly bold or daring; rash
glib
adjective A) performing or performed with careless, often thoughtless, ease B) marked by a quickness or fluency that suggests insincerity
ignoble
adjective A) not having a noble character or purpose; dishonorable B) not of the nobility; common
mores
plural noun A) the accepted customs and rules of behavior of a particular social group, generally regarded by that group as essential to survival and welfare and often having the force of law
provincial
adjective A) characteristic of people or things away from the capital of a country; a provincial simplicity of speech or dress B) limited in range or perspective; narrow; ill-informed; unsophisticated C) of or relating to a province
unseemly
adjective not in good taste; improper; unbecoming adverb in an unseemly manner