Monday, September 22, 2014

Vocab #4

obsequious: characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning
beatitude: supreme blessedness; exalted happiness
bete noire: a person or thing especially disliked or dreaded; bane; bugbear
bode: to be an omen of; portend
dank: unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly
ecumenical: general; universal
fervid: heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, et..
fetid: having an offensive odor; stinking
gargantuan: gigantic; enormous; colossal
heyday: the stage or period of greatest vigor, strength, success, etc.; prime
incubus: an imaginary demon or evil spirit supposed to descend upon sleeping persons, especially one fabled to have sexual intercourse with women during their sleep
infrastructure: the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization
inveigle: to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into)
kudos: honor; glory; acclaim
lagniappe: a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus
prolix: extended to great, unnecessary or tedious length; long and wordy
protege: a person under the patronage, protection or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare
prototype: the original or model on which something is based or formed
sycophant: a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite
tautology: needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in "widow woman"; an instance of such repetition
truckle: to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely(usually followed by to)

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