Monday, October 24, 2011

Vocabulary: Fall List #9

abeyance
ambivalent
beleaguer
carte blanche
cataclysm
debauch
eclat
fastidious
gambol
imbue
inchoate
lampoon
malleable
nemesis
opt
philistine
picaresque
queasy
refractory
savoir-faire

9 comments:

  1. philistine-A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them.
    I found this word very interesting because I thought a "philistine" was only an ethnicity.

    Rebecca Patterson period 6

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  2. Why have there been so many French words?

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  3. abeyance - noun temporary cessation or suspension
    ambivalent - adj. uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
    beleaguer - verb surround so as to force to give up; annoy persistently
    cataclysm - noun an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
    debauch - noun a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity; verb corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    eclat - noun brilliant or conspicuous success or effect; ceremonial elegance and splendor; enthusiastic approval
    fastidious - adj. giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness; having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures
    gambol - noun gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; verb play boisterously
    imbue - verb suffuse with color; fill, soak, or imbue totally; spread or diffuse through
    inchoate - adj. only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
    lampoon - noun a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way; verb ridicule with satire
    malleable - adj. capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out; easily influenced
    nemesis - noun (Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance; something causes misery or death
    opt - verb select as an alternative; choose instead; prefer as an alternative
    philistine - adj. of or relating to ancient Philistia or the culture of the Philistines; smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values; noun a member of an Aegean people who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century BC; a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits
    picaresque - adj. involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction
    queasy - adj. causing or fraught with or showing anxiety; feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit; causing or able to cause nausea
    refractory - adj. temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to nervous or sexual stimuli; not responding to treatment; stubbornly resistant to authority or control; noun lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace
    savoir-faire - noun social skill

    *I'm missing carte blanche

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  4. I love when we have French vocab words ^^ I know I won't forget savoir-faire this week, because when I saw it on the list, I just started singing -.-'

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  5. Dr. Preston, Debauch is a verb and noun, which would you like us to learn? Or will you answer, both?

    -Trevor

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  6. Thank you Katie for the vocabulary definitions!
    Kayla McCallie
    Period 2

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  7. I will Kayla's thanks with my own. Thank you Katie!
    Jon Hoffman
    Period 2

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