28 terms


anachronism (n)
something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred; a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another age
apocryphal (adj)
of doubtful origin or authenticity, not genuine
apotheosis (n)
exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification; elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification
bourgeois (adj)
dominated or characterized by materialistic pursuits or concerns
chutzpah (n)
a Yiddish term for unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
comport (v)
to behave well or properly
confluence (n)
a coming together of people or things or ideas; in very concrete terms, a body of water formed by the flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like
dialectic (n)
the art or practice of logical discussion as employed in investigating the truth of a theory or opinion.
effulgent (adj)
shining, bright, splendid
fatwas (n)
religious declarations to guide Muslims
forswear (v):
to recant, retract, abjure; to disavow under oath; deny
eschatological (adj)
of or relating to or dealing with or regarding the ultimate destiny of mankind and the world
existential (adj)
having to do with existence; based on experience
hegemony (n)
leadership or authority, usually applied to the political dominance of one state or government in a league
inveterate (adj)
firmly and long established; deep-rooted: inveterate preferences
lexicon (n)
the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.
messianic (adj)
of or relating to a messiah promising deliverance; "messianic cult
officious (adj)
marked by excessive eagerness in offering services or advice where they are neither requested nor needed; meddlesome
pariah (n)
an outcast from society
pedagogy (n)
the art or science of teaching
percipient (adj)
characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving; "a percipient author"
prescient (adj)
knowing or anticipating the outcome of events before they happen
proletariat (n)
the class of wage earners, esp. those who earn their living by manual labor; the working class
prosaic (adj)
commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind
ratify (v)
to approve; to confirm
sanctimony (n)
the quality of being hypocritically devout; pretended, affected, or hypocritical religious devotion, righteousness, etc.
solicitude (n)
eager, attitude of deep concern, solicitousness
sad, wishful, longing