Monday, September 16, 2013

Vocab #5

1.obsequious  - Characterized by or showing servile complaisance or difference; fawning.

2. beatitude - Supreme blessedness; exalted happiness

3. bete noire - A person or thing that one particularly dislikes or dreads. 

4. bode - To be an omen of; portend

5. dank - Unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly.

6. ecumenical - General; universal.

7. fervid - Heated or vehement spirit;  enthusiasm.

8. fetid - Having an offensive odor, stinking.

9. gargantuan - Gigantic; enormous; colossal.

10. heyday - A stage or period of great vigor, strength, success, etc.

11.incubus - A nightmare; something that weighs upon or oppresses one like a nightmare.

12. infrastructure - A basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.

13. inveigle - To entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements. 

14. kudos - Honor; glory; acclaim.

15. lagniappe - A small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measures; bonus. A gratuity or tip. 

16. prolix - Extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy.

17.protege - A person under the patronage, protection, or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare.

18. prototype - The original or model on which something is based or formed.

19. sycophant - A self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.

20. tautology - Needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness. 

21. truckle - To submit or yield obsequiously or tamely. 

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