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Words of the Week (2005) 04

byvelvetpie©

Whenever I read, I keep a pencil handy and I underline words that I don't know and dog ear the page so that I can go back and look them up in the dictionary. I have always been interested in etymology and even took Latin for three years. I hope that these words can help all of us in our writings. Be sure to check out your dictionary for additional usages of the words and spellings associated with changing the word from adjective to adverb to noun ... etc.

AESOPIAN
adjective

Pronounced: ay-SOP-pee-in

Meaning: Conveying an innocent meaning to an outsider but a concealed meaning to an informed member of a conspiracy or underground movement.

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BILIOUS
adjective

Pronounced: BILL-yuss

Meaning: Peevish; irritable; cranky; unattractive or distasteful.

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CEVICHE
noun

Pronounced: suh-VEE-chay

Meaning: An appetizer of small pieces of raw fish marinated in lime or lemon juice, often with onions, peppers and spices.

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DAMASK
noun

Pronounced: DAH-mask

Meaning: An elaborately patterned, usually reversible fabric of linen, silk, cotton, wool or synthetic fibers, woven on a Jacquard loom.

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EBONIZE
verb

Pronounced: EH-boh-nyz

Meaning: Make or stain black in imitation of ebony.

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FORBEARANCE
noun

Pronounced: four-BEAR-rinse

Meaning: Patient endurance; willingness to wait; self-control; an abstaining from the enforcement of a right.

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GAINSAY
verb

Pronounced: GAIN-say

Meaning: To deny or dispute; contradict; to speak or act against; oppose.

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HAPLESS
adjective

Pronounced: HAPP-less

Meaning: Unlucky; luckless; unfortunate.

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INTREPID
adjective

Pronounced: in-TREP-id

Meaning: Fearless; dauntless.

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JALOUSIE
noun

Pronounced: JAL-low-see

Meaning: A blind or shutter made with horizontal slats that can be adjusted to admit light and air but exclude rain and sun.

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K RATION
noun

Pronounced: KAY RAH-shun

Meaning: An emergency military field ration for use under combat conditions, consisting of three separate packaged meals.

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LASSITUDE
noun

Pronounced: LAH-sih-tood

Meaning: Weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; indifference.

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METTLESOME
adjective

Pronounced: MEH-tull-sum

Meaning: Spirited, courageous.

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NADIR
noun

Pronounced: NAY-derr

Meaning: The lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair.

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OBDURATE
adjective

Pronounced: AHB-dure-ret

Meaning: Unmoved by persuasion or pity; unyielding. Stubbornly resistant to moral influence; impenitent.

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PHLEGMATIC
adjective

Pronounced: fleg-MA-tick

Meaning: Not easily excited to action or display of emotion; having a calm temperament.

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QUAFF
verb

Pronounced: KWAF

Meaning: To drink copiously and with hearty enjoyment.

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RAFFISH
adjective

Pronounced: RAW-fish

Meaning: Disreputable or nonconformist; rakish.

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SYCOPHANT
noun

Pronounced: SICK-oh-fant

Meaning: A self-seeking, servile flatterer; a fawning parasite.

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TRACTABLE
adjective

Pronounced: TRACK-tah-bull

Meaning: Easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding; easily worked, shaped or otherwise handled; malleable.

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URBANE
adjective

Pronounced: ur-BAIN

Meaning: Having polish and suavity in manner or style; sophisticated.

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VITUPERATE
verb

Pronounced: vi-TOO-per-ate

Meaning: To use harsh and abusive language; to censure harshly.

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WUNDERKIND
noun

Pronounced: VOON-dur-kend

Meaning: A child prodigy; a person who succeeds, especially in business, at a comparatively early age.

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XANTHOUS
adjective

Pronounced: ZAN-thuss

Meaning: Yellowish.

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YAWP
verb

Pronounced: YAWP

Meaning: To utter a loud, harsh cry; yelp, squawk; to talk noisily or complainingly.

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ZAPPY
adjective

Pronounced: ZAH-pee

Meaning: Energetic, lively or fast-moving.

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WELL-HEALED
adjective

Pronounced: WELL HEALD

Meaning: Well-off, rich.

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XERIC
adjective



Pronounced: ZEAR-ick

Meaning: Of, pertaining to or adapted to a dry environment.

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YARDBIRD
noun

Pronounced: YARD-burd

Meaning: A soldier assigned to cleaning the grounds or other menial tasks as punishment.

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ZONIAN
noun

Pronounced: ZOH-nee-en

Meaning: A United States citizen living in the Canal Zone.

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ATTENUATE
verb

Pronounced: ah-TEN-yoo-ate

Meaning: To weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity or value; to make thin, slender or fine.

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BOISTEROUS
adjective

Pronounced: BOY-stir-russ

Meaning: Rough and noisy; turbulent and stormy.

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CONUNDRUM
noun

Pronounced: ko-NUN-drum

Meaning: A riddle whose answer involves a pun; a puzzle.

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DISABUSE
verb

Pronounced: DISS-ah-byooz

Meaning: To free from deception or error.

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ENERVATE
adjective

Pronounced: IN-ur-vate

Meaning: To deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.

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FULMINATE
verb

Pronounced: FULL-men-ate

Meaning: To explode with a loud noise; detonate; to issue denunciations.

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GUILELESS
adjective

Pronounced: GUYL-less

Meaning: Sincere; straightforward.

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HALLOW
verb

Pronounced: HAL-low

Meaning: To make holy, sanctify or consecrate; to honor as holy; to consider sacred.

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IMPAIR
verb

Pronounced: em-PEAR

Meaning: To make or cause to become worse, weaken or damage.

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JINGO
noun

Pronounced: JEENG-go

Meaning: A person who professes belligerent patriotism and favors an aggressive foreign policy.

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KWANZA
noun

Pronounced: KWAN-zah

Meaning: A harvest festival celebrated from December 26 to January 1 in some African-American communities.

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LASSITUDE
noun

Pronounced: LAH-sit-tood

Meaning: Weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc., listlessness, languor.

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MALINGER
verb

Pronounced: muh-LING-ger

Meaning: To pretend illness, especially in order to shirk duty or work.

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