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20 terms

Stem Close-Up #3

This set contains vocabulary for the week of 3/21/11.
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Apodictic
Expressing or of the nature of necessary truth or absolute certainty
Apothecary
Pharmacist
Apogee
The point farthest from the center of a celestial body reached by an object orbiting it; the farthest or highest point
Aperture
An opening or open space (hole); the opening in a lens that admits light; the diameter of this opening
Aphorism
A short sequence stating a general truth or practical observation
Apocalypse
A Jewish or early Christian symbolic writing about a final flood destroying the powers of evil and ushering in the kingdom of God; a prophetic revelation
Apogeotropism
Growth or orientation away from the earth or gravity
Apocope
The loss of one or more sounds or letters from the end of a word ("sing" from the Old English word "singan")
Aposiopesis
The leaving of a thought incomplete, usually by a sudden breaking off; to be fully silent
Apophasis
The raising of an issue by claiming not to mention it
Apoplexy
Stroke (a rupture or obstruction of artery of brain causing loss of voluntary movement, etc.)
Apotheosis
Elevation to divine status
Apostrophe
A mark ' used to show the omission of letters or numbers, the plural of letters or figures ('78, 9's, t's); the rhetorical addressing of an absent person as if present or an abstract idea or inanimate object as if capable of understanding
Apostle
One sent on a mission; an ardent supporter; the first who initiates great moral reform or avocates an important belief or system
Apology
A formal justification; excuse; an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret
Apostate
One who renounces religious faith; one who abandons previous loyalty
Aposematic
Being conspicuous and serving to know
Apophyge
A small, concave, outward curve joining the shaft of a column, especially a classical column to its base; a similar curve joining the shaft of a column to its capital
Apopemptic
Pertaining to leave--taking or departing
Apologue
A spiritual or symbolic story usually intended to convey a moral