100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know

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16 déc. 2012 (il y a 4 années et 9 mois)

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Trimester Two Vocabulary

Week 7 Words

Babel


bab
-
uhl



Noun


A confusion of sounds or
voices.


A confusing scene or
situation.


Synonyms: bedlam or
turmoil.


There was a
babel

of talk in the air

male baritone and soprano
chatter

varied by an occasional note of laughter and the swish of
stiffly starched petticoats,

(Frank Norris,

The Octopus).

Chimera


ki
-
meer
-
uh


Noun


A fanciful mental illusion or fabrication.


Mythology: A monstrous creature with
parts from multiple animals.


An organism, organ, or part consisting of
two or more tissues of different genetic
composition, produced as a result of organ
transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering.


An individual who has received a transplant
of genetically immunologically different
tissue.


The passage of time is nothing real. It is a chimera spun out of gauzy
consciousness, and nothing more, a frightful apparition tossed up by our
mixed
-
up minds
,” (Rebecca Goldstein,
Properties of Light
).

Cumin


kuhm
-
uhn



Noun


An annual Mediterranean
herb in the parsley family,
having finely divided leaves
and clusters of small white
or pink flowers.


The seed
-
like fruit of this
plant used for seasoning, as
in curry and chili powders.

Epitome



ih
-
pit
-
uh
-
mee



Noun



A representative
or perfect example
of a class or type.



A brief summary,
as of a book or
article; an abstract.


Synonym:
Ultimate.


Legs was more impressed by Norman’s friend Harold Conrad,
who regaled the punks with stories about promoting fights in the
1940s and drinking at the Copacabana, and seemed the epitome of
cool
,

(
Mary V. Dearborn,
Mailer
)
.

Gyro


jahy
-
roh



Noun


A sandwich made
usually of sliced
roasted lamb,
onion, and
tomato on pita
bread.

Loath


Lohth


Adjective


Unwilling or reluctant;
disinclined.


Synonyms: Hesitant, or uneager.


Notes:
loath

is an adjective
meaning 'unwilling, reluctant,
disinclined'; whereas
loathe

is a
verb meaning 'to dislike
intensely, to feel revulsion
toward, to despise'


I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves
it, but I am afraid he is an attorney
,

(
Samuel Johnson, Quoted in Hester
Piozzi,
Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson
(1786).

Niche


Nich

or

neesh


Noun


A recess in a wall, as for
holding a statue or urn.


A cranny, hollow or crevice,
as in rock.


A situation or activity
specially suited to a person’s
interests, abilities, or
nature:
She finally found
her niche in life
.


A special area of demand
for a product or service:
books published for a niche
.


Ecology: The function or
position of an organism or
population within an
ecological community.

Portentous


pawr
-
ten
-
tuhs



Adjective


Of the nature of or constituting a
portent; foreboding: “
the Hessian
marauders, the threat of whose
coming had long hung like a
portentous cloud over the Berkshire
valley,
” (Edward Bellamy,
The
Duke of Stockbridge
).


Full of
unspecifiable

significance;
exciting wonder and awe: “
Such a
portentous
and mysterious
monster roused all my curiosity,

(Herman Melville,
Moby Dick
).


Synonyms: Alarming or ominous.

Salve


sahv



Noun


An analgesic or medicinal
ointment.


Something that soothes or
consoles; a balm.


Transitive Verb


To soothe or heal with salve.


To ease the distress or agitation
of (a person or a person’s
feelings); assuage:
I salved my
conscience by apologizing
.

Viscount


vahy
-
kount



Noun


A nobleman ranking below an
earl or count and above a
baron.


Used as a title for such a
nobleman.


Synonym: Aristocrat.