Ch. 16 Vocab
Terms in this set (15)
adj. understood by few; mysterious or secret
adj. of or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes.
Ex: a rich, bored, bourgeois family
V. to clear from blame; prove innocent
Ex: the article exculpated the mayor
adj. not capable of being undone or voided
Ex: an indefeasible right.
V. to register as a student at a college or university
adj. characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood.
Ex: his mercurial temperament
adj. (especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential. Ex: the nascent space industry
N. a heroic champion or leader
adj. promoting health or well-being
sine qua non
N. an essential or indispensable element or condition. Ex: grammar and usage are the sine qua non of teaching and learning
adj. diverging from a previous course or line; erratic. Ex tangential thoughts
(adj.) incisive, keen; forceful, effective; cutting, caustic; distinct, clear-cut
(n.) a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill
N. a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant