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Vocabulary 5

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notorious
widely but unfavorably known
summit
top of a mountain
sum
total of all numbers
consummate
adj. - having reached the very highest point of perfection
v. - etymologically, to bring something to the highest point; that is, to put the final touches to it, bring it to completion
incorrigible
doing something to excess, with all efforts at correction or reform being to no avail
veteran
one who grew older serving the country, as of the Armed Forces. The word is both a noun and adjective
inveterate
etymologically speaking, one who has grown old in the habit
genetics
the science that treats of the transmission of hereditary characteristics from parents to offspring
geneticist
a scientist specializing in the field of genetics
gene
a particle in the chromosome of the germ cell containing a hereditary characteristic
genealogy
the study of family trees or ancestral origins
genealogist
a practitioner of genealogy
genital
involved in the process of conception and birth
genesis
the beginning, birth, or origin or something - a plan, idea, though, career, etc.
congenital
etymologically, together with birth
Note: a ____ defect, deformity, condition, etc. occurs during the nine-month birth process
hereditary
characteristics of this on the other hand are acquired at the moment of conception
chronic
frequently, repeatedly
anachronism
someone or something out of time, out of date, belonging to a different era, either earlier or later (recall that the prefix ana-, like a- is negative
incongruous
incompatible; not conforming; disagreeing; inconsistent within itself
chronological
in correct time or order
chronology
the science of time order and the accurate dating of events - or a list of events in the time order in which they have occurred and will occur
chronologist
an expert in this field of chronology
chronometer
a highly accurate timepiece, especially one used on ships
chronometry
the measurement of time
synchronize
etymologically, to time together, or to move, happen, or cause to happen, at the same time or rate
pathology
the science or study of disease - its nature, cause, cure, etc.
pathologist
expert who examines tissue, often by autopsy or biopsy, to diagnose disease and to interpret the abnormalities in such tissue that may be caused by specific diseases
sympathetic
feeling or suffering with someone
antipathy
feeling of strong dislike or hostility
apathy
indifference, lack of any interest, emotion, or response, complete listlessness, especially when some reaction is normal or expected
pathetic
obviously suffering; such a person may arouse sympathy or pity (or perhaps antipathy?) in you
empathy
not only sharing the feelings of another, but also identifying with those feelings, in fact experiencing them yourself as if momentarily you were that other person
telepathy
feeling other people's thoughts from a distance - also ESP (extrasensory perception)
conscience
knowledge with a moral sense of right and wrong
unconscionable
not troubled by conscience, guilt, remorse, etc.
conscious
knowledge or awareness of one's emotions or sensations, or of what's happening around one
science
systematized knowledge as opposed, for example, to belief, faith, institution, or guesswork
omniscient
all-knowing, possessed of infinite knowledge
prescient
knowing about events before they occure, i.e., psychic, or possessed of unusaul powers of prediction
nescient
not knowing or ignorant
glib
smooth and slippery, with ready answers, a fleunt tongue, a persuasive air - but, such is the implication of the word, they fool only the most nescient, for their smoothness lacks sincerity and conviction
egregious
standing out (usaully in a negative sense)
gregarious
enjoying companionship; etymologically, liking to be with the herd, reaching out for friends, happiest when surrounded by people
congregate
to gether together in a herd, or flock
segregate
put people or things apart from the herd
aggregate
bring individual items to or toward the herd