Thursday, September 5, 2013

Vocab #3

1. apostate - A person who forsakes their religion, cause, party, etc.

2. effusive - Unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve.

3. impasse - A position or situation from which there is no escape.

4. euphoria - A state of intense happiness and self-confidence.

5. lugubrious - Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an effected, 
exaggerated, or unrelieved manner.

6. bravado - A pretentious, swaggering display of courage. 

7. consensus - Majority of opinion

8. dichotomy - Division into two parts, kinds, etc. Subdivision into halves of a 

9. constrict - To draw or to press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress

10. gothic - a historical style of art and architecture, beginning in 12th century 
France and lasting through 16th century Europe; pertaining to the Middle Ages.
11. punctilio - A fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or 

12. metamorphosis - A complete change in form, structure of substance, as 
transformation by magical witch craft.

13. raconteur - A  person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes 

14. sine qua non - An indispensable condition, element, factor; something 

15. quixotic - Extravagantly, chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or 

16. vendetta - A prolonged or bitter feud, rivalry, contention, etc.  

17. non sequitur -  Latin for "does not follow". A statement with an illogical conclusion

18. mystique - An aura of mystery or mystical power surrounding a particular 
occupation or pursuit.

19. quagmire- An area of miry or boggy ground who surface yields under the 
tread; a bog .

20. parlous - Perilous, dangerous. 

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