Monday, November 30, 2009
November '09 List of Today's Word
Go ahead--try to use at least six in a sentence. You can do it.
VATICINATION (vuh-TIS-un-A-shun) noun--something foretold, prediction or prophecy; the act of prophesying.
BLUENOSE (BLUE-nose) noun--one who advocates a rigorous moral code of personal conduct; puritan.
ORGULOUS (OR-gyu-lus) adj.--proud or haughty; showy.
CONCORDAT (kun-KOR-dot) noun--a compact between a government and a religious group; an agreement/covenant.
PHYLACTIC (fuh-LAK-tik) adj.--of or relating to defense.
MERETRICIOUS (MER-uh-TRI-shus) adj.-pertaining to a prostitute; based on pretense/insincerity; cheaply ornamental.
FAVONIAN (fuh-VO-nee-un) adj.--Of or pertaining to the west wind; mild, bland, benign.
AGITPROP (AJ-ut-prop) noun-propaganda & agitation (esp. of Communist party); dept./bureau in charge of agitprop.
OBTRUDE (ub-TROOD) trans. verb--to thrust out; to put forward or make noticed without warrant or request.
FRUCTUOUS (FRUCK-chew-us) adj.--fruitful, productive; profitable.
PREMIATE (PRE-me-ate) trans. verb--to give a prize to.
HARUSPEX (hu-RUS-peks) noun--one who foretells events by interpreting natural phenomena; one who predicts.
ECHINATE (EK-i-nut) adj.--densely covered with stiff bristles or spines, like a hedgehog.
OROTUND (OR-uh-tund) adj.--full and clear in sound, sonorous; unduly strong in delivery or style.
DISTRAIT (duh-STRAY) adj.--inattentive; anxiously divided or withdrawn in attention.
SOLIPSISM (SO-lep-SIZ-um) noun-- extreme concern with the self at the expense of social relationships; egoism.
ENCEINTE (an-SANT) adj.--being with child, pregnant.
PROEM (PRO-em) noun--preliminary to a piece of writing/preface; introductory comment before a speech.
KERYGMA (kuh-RIG-muh) noun--preaching of the Christian gospel by apostles or early church.
COMMINUTE (KOM-i-NYUT) verb--to reduce to minute particles or fine powder; to pulverize.
FICTILE (FIC-tul) adj.--molded into an art work or artifact, as in pottery; capable of being led or directed.
PUISSANCE (PYU-uh-sunce) noun--ability to coerce or sway; controlling influence; strength, power.
SITUS (SIH-dus) noun--the place where something exists or originates.
DEPREDATE (DEH-pruh-DATE) verb--to lay waste; to prey upon; to plunder.
EUPHONIOUS (yu-FOH-nee-us) adj.--pleasing in sound.
COACERVATE (koh-AAH-sur-VATE) verb--to gather together in a heap or group; collect.
CALLIOPEAN (kuh-LIH-uh-PEE-un) adj.--resembling the sound of a calliope, loud and piercing.
IATROGENIC (eye-a-tro-GEN-ick) adj.--induced by a physician, esp. through autosuggestion during examination.
SOMATIC (so-MAAH-tic) adj.--of or relating to the body, physical.
EIDOLON (eye-DOH-lun) noun--an unsubstantial image, a phantom; an ideal figure, an examplar.
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