One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Vocabulary

Mrs. Thiegs - RL
chronic (adj)
prolonged, lingering
ornery (adj)
of a stubborn and mean spirited nature
callus (n)
a localized thickening and enlargement of the horny layer of the skin
zealous (adj)
ardently devoted to a purpose; fervent; enthusiastic
prototype (n)
an orignial form or instance that serves as a model on which later stages are based or judged
sadistic (adj)
delighting in cruelty
ineffectual (adj)
incapable of performing or accomplishing efficiently
matriarchy (n)
a social system in which descent is traced through the mother's side
notorious (adj)
known widely and usually unfavorably
maudlin (adj)
effusively or tearfully sentimental
insinuate (v)
to hint or suggest indirectly
insurrectionist (n)
a person who rises up against authority
jurisdiction (n)
authority or power
libido (n)
the sexual urge or instinct
emasculate (v)
to weaken in power
impregnable (adj)
punitive (adj)
inflicting or aiming to inflict punishment
wheedle (v)
to persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery
indigent (n)
a destitute or needy person
hallucination (n)
false or distorted perception of objects or events with a compelling sense of their reality usually due to drugs or mental illness
lobotomy (n)
a surgical division of one or more cerebral nerve tracts or surgical incision into a lobe
ramshackle (adj)
likely to fall apart becasue of shoddy construction or upkeep, rickety
combine (n)
a power operated harvesting machine that cuts and threshes, and cleasn grain
acute (adj)
1) reacting readily to impressions; sensitive 2) of great importance, crucial 3) extremely severe and sharp, intense 4) reaching a crisis rapidly; used of a disease
psychopath (n)
a person w/ a personality disorder espeically one manifested in aggressively anti-social behavior
psychedelic (adj)
of, pertaining to or generating hallucinations, distortions of perception and occasionally resembling psychosis
aesthetic (adj)
of or pertaining to the criticism of taste or to the sene of the beautiful
curtail (v)
to cut short or abbreviate
malingerer (n)
one who pretends to be ill or injured in order to avoid duty to work
frenetic (adj)
frantic, frenzied