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English IV Spring 4

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acronym
(n) a word formed from the first (or first few) letters of a series of other words
anonymity
(n) 1. the condition of being unknown or unacknowledged 2. one who is unknown or unacknowledged
denomination
(n) 1. a particular religious group 2. a unit in a series of numbers, kinds, values, or sizes 3. a name
homonym
(n) a word that has the same pronunciation as another word, but has a different meaning and spelling
ignominy
(n) 1. dishonor; shame; disgrace; humiliation 2. disgraceful or shameful act, quality, or behavior
metonymy
(n) the substitution of one word or phrase for another with which it is closely associated
misnomer
(n) 1. a name that is unsuitable or unfitting 2. a wrong name
nomenclature
(n) a system of names or terms used in a branch of learning, such as art or science
nominal
(adj) 1. existing in name only, but not in fact 2. small in comparison to the actual value
pseudonym
(n) a false name, especially a pen name
antipode
(n) an exact opposite
coiffure
(n) a hairstyle
debilitate
(v) to weaken; to lessen the strength or energy of
feline
(n) an animal of the cat family, such as a cat, leopard, lion, or tiger (adj) 1. characteristic of a cat or cat family 2. catlike
fusillade
(n) 1. a rapid and continuous outburst 2. a rapid and continuous firing from a number of firearms
glabrous
(adj) without hair; smooth; bald
paranoid
(adj) characterized or affected by extreme fear or distrust of others
risible
(adj) causing laughter; laughable; funny
salvo
(n) 1. a sudden outburst 2. a verbal or written attack 3. a firing of a number of firearms at the same time
vendetta
(n) a bitter feud or quarrel