20 terms

Unit 4 Vocab

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affinity
a natural attraction to a person, thing, or activity; a realtionship, connection
Syn: inclination, penchant
Ant: distaste, aversion
bilious
peevish irurrutabke, sickeningly unpleasant
Syn: choleric, irascible, peevish, splenetic
Ant: sweet-tempered, genial, pleasant, delightful
cognate
closely related in origin, essential nature, or function; such a person or thing
Syn: allied, affiliated; relative
Ant: dissimilar, unrelated
corollary
a proposition that follows from one already proven; a natural consequence or result; resultant or consequent
Syn: deduction, conclusion
Ant: axiom, postulate, permise
cul-de-sac
a blind alley or dead-end street; any situation in which further progress is impossible; an impasse
derring-do
valor or heroism; daring deeds or exploits (often used to poke fun at false heroics)
Syn: audacity, bravado, pyrotechnics
Ant: cowerdice, timidity, poltroonery
divination
the art or act of predicting the future or discovering hidden knowledge
Syn: prophecy, augury
elixir
a potion once thought capable of curing all ills and maintaining life indefinitely; a panacea; a sweet liquid used as a vehicle in medicines
Syn: cure-all, nostrum, tonic
folderol
foolish talk, ideas, or procedures; nonsense; a trifile
Syn: hoopla, gibberish
Ant: sense, significance
gamut
an entire range or series
Syn: scope, compass, sweep
hoi polloi
the common people, the masses
Syn: rank and file
Ant: aristocracy, elite, upper class
ineffable
not expressible in words; too great or too sacred to be uttered
Syn: inexpressible, indescribable
lucubration
laborious study or though, especially at night; the result of such work
Syn: burning the midnight oil, deep thought
mnemonic
relation to or designed to assist the memory; a device to aid the memory
Syn: reminder, cue
obloquy
public abuse indicating strong disapproval or censure; the disgrace resulting from such treatment
Syn: discredit, opprobrium, ignomity, dishonor
Ant: praise, acclaim, approbation
parameter
a determining or characteristic element; a factor that shapes the total outcome; a limit, boundary
pundit
a learned person; one who gives authoritative opinions
Syn: expert, authority, savant
Ant: layman, amateur, dilettante
risible
pertaining to laughter; able or inclined to laugh, laughable
Syn: droll, ludicrous
Ant: depressing, poignant, heartrending
symptomatic
typical or characteristic; being or concerned with a symptom of a disease
Syn: indicative
volte-face
an about-face; a complete reversal
Syn: turnabout