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Vocabulary Words DP 11

Words I am learning in my readings or great words I want to remember. Words for my students to steal if their reading is not meaty enough.
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intransigence
refusal to moderate a position or to compromise
draconian
cruel; harsh; severe; ironhanded
heuristics
Sets of strategies, rather than strict rules, that act as guidelines for discovery-oriented problem solving.
hermeneutics
The art of analyzing literary texts or human experience, understood as fundamentally ambiguous, by interpreting levels of meaning.
propinquity
nearness in place or time; kinship
iconoclast
someone who tries to destroy traditional ideas or institutions
ratiocination
logical and methodical reasoning
lugubrious
excessively mournful
agency
the state of being in action or exerting power
augury
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come.
pontifical
adj. pertaining to a bishop or pope; pompous or pretentious
estuary
the wide part of a river where it nears the sea
superfluous
more than is needed, desired, or required
morass
a wet swampy bog; figuratively, something that traps and confuses
penury
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
impertinence
inappropriate playfulness
ascertain
after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
panopticon
- A circular prison in which each inmate is constantly under surveillance from a central watchtower
- Michael Foucault
stolid
not easily moved mentally or emotionally; dull, unresponsive
Reticence
restraint in speech, reluctance to speak
facetious
humorous, not meant seriously
erudition
deep, extensive learning
tableau
a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting)
exhort
urge on or encourage especially by shouts
dross
worthless material that should be removed
decanter
a bottle with a stopper
undulate
move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
scruples
misgivings about something one feels is wrong; morals and values
chagrin
strong feelings of embarrassment
privation
a state of extreme poverty
redound
have an effect for good or ill
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
miser
a stingy hoarder of money and possessions (often living miserably)
proletariat
a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
polemics
the branch of Christian theology devoted to the refutation of errors
refutation
the act of determining that something is false
puerile
displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity