July 27th, 2009

Underground, Cuba


I haven't posted more vocab in a while... I'm now at a very, very long list. Here's just the tip of the manatee's nose.

etymon: a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes; A source word of a given word. For example, the Latin "candidus" (white) is the etymon of the English "candid".

immanentism: the doctrine that God or an abstract mind or spirit is contained within, not transcendent to, the world.

otiose: serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being; lacking value.

soluble: susceptible of solution or of being solved or explained.

obscurantist: a person who is deliberately vague.

adjudication: the final judgment in a legal proceeding; the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented.

assay: a procedure where a property or concentration of an analyte is measured; a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance.

accoutrement: an accessory; apparatus needed for a task or journey; military equipment other than weapons and uniform; trappings; clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing.

eristic: from the ancient Greek word Eris meaning wrangle or strife, often refers to a type of dialogue or argument where the participants do not have any reasonable goal. The aim is to win the argument, not to potentially discover a true or probable answer to any specific question or topic.

plaudit: mark or expression of applause; praise bestowed.

concupiscent: lustful; vigorously passionate.

aporetic: from "aporesis": knowing perplexity; knowing the extent of one's wisdom.

descant: talk at great length about something of one's interest.

inculcate: teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions.

ensample: an example; a pattern or model for imitation.

nisus: striving; an effortful attempt to attain a goal.

gamine: a girl of impish appeal; a mischievous, playful, elfish, pert girl or young woman; having a boyish, mischievous charm; tomboyish.

crofter: an owner or tenant of a small farm in Great Britain.

burke: murder without leaving a trace on the body; get rid of, silence, or suppress.

dreg: sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid.

sagacity: the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations; quality of being sage, wise, or able to make good decisions.