Tuesday, September 3, 2013
*Apostate: a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.
When students go off to college they tend to apostate many things in order to try to find themselves.
*Effusive: pouring out; overflowing
I was overwhelmed by her effusive attitude when telling us about her past.
*Impasse: a position or situation from which there is no escape; deadlock.
He found himself in complete impasse when put between his wife and mom.
*Euphoria: a state of intense happiness and self-confidence
I never thought Sarah would be in a state of Euphoria after her many rehab treatments.
*Lugubrious: mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner
Mike narrated the story in such a lugubrious way that I everyone in the audience cried.
*Bravado: a pretentious, swaggering display of courage.
Men usually have this sense of bravado to them.
*Consensus: majority of opinion
My mother and I came to a consensus that instead of arguing with each other we would talk things out.
*Dichotomy: division into two parts, kinds, etc.; subdivision into halves or pairs.
The Holy Bible can be considered a dichotomy because there is an old and new testament.
*Constrict: to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.
When I got my first tattoo I felt like the needle constricted my skin.
*Gothic: pertaining to the Middle Ages; medieval.
The gothic architecture was very popular during the middle ages.
*Punctilio: a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
All of the pens I own are punctilio.
*Metamorphosis: a complete change of form, structure, or substance, as transformation by magic or witchcraft.
I believe one of the most beautiful metamorphic cycles is the butterfly one.
*Raconteur: a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.
After hearing the priest tell the kids stories I came to a conclusion that he is quite the raconteur.
*sine qua non: an indispensable condition, element, or factor; something essential
Tweasers are sine qua non when it comes to perfection your eyebrows.
*quixotic: extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
I find Nicholas Sparks books to be quite quixotic.
*Vendetta: bitter feud, rivalry, contention
The vendetta between the Montagues and Capulets spoiled Romeo and Juliet’s love.
*non sequitur: Logic. an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises.
I always get a bit disturbed when someone tells me a math problem is non sequitur because it just makes me over think the problem.
*Mystique: an aura of mystery or mystical power surrounding a particular occupation or pursuit
Throughout the novel there was a mystique kind of feeling.
*Quagmire: soft boggy area of land
Because I did not realize that the lake had quagmire near it I fell and hurt myself.
*Parlous: perilous; dangerous.
Erick rode his parlous motorcycle to the dunes at 60mph.