Vocabulary Assignment - 11/21/2008

This page is to help us with our vocabulary assignments for class. Just look to see which words need answering and pick one to define for everyone. Also put your name next to the word you defined. Just use edit at the bottom of the page.

Vocabulary for 11/21/2008

  • Frenetic (Cass)

Definition - Wildly excited or active; frantic; frenzied
Etymology - Middle English frenetik, from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus, from Greek phrenītikos, from phrenītis, brain disease, from phrēn, mind; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots
Synonyms - delirious, frenzied, mad, wild, crazy
Antonyms - level-headed, calm, tame, relaxed

  • Anodyne (David Terry)

Definition - 1. a medicine that relieves or allays pain.
2. anything that relieves distress or pain: The music was an anodyne to his grief.
Etymology - L anōdynus < Gk andynos painless, equiv. to an- an- 1 + ōdyn- (s. of odýnē pain, with lengthening of o)
Synonyms - insipid, bland, tame
Antonyms - exciting, stimulating

  • Eschew (Janet)

Definition - to avoid habitually, especially on moral or practical grounds
Etymology - ME, from Old German (sciuhen - to frighten off)
Synonyms - shun, exclude
Antonyms - embrace, welcome

  • Peregrinate (Eric Delich)

Definition - To journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot
Etymology - Latin peregrnr, peregrnt-, from peregrnus, foreigner
Synonyms - backpack, hike, march, traipse, tramp, trek
Antonyms - stable, stay put, lock down

  • Capricious (CARDONICK)

Definition – 1. subject to, led by, or indicative of caprice or whim; erratic: He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react. A sudden behavior change.
2. Obsolete. fanciful or witty.

Etymology - 1585–95; Italian. equivilent to capriccious. capricci(o) means a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind or the weather or a tendency to change one's mind without apparent or adequate motive; whimsicality; -oso (-ous) is a suffix attached to loanwords changing them to adjectives meaning “possessing, full of” a given quality.

Synonyms - whimsical, changeable, erratic, fantastic, fickle, freakish, inconsistent, inconstant, mercurial, temperamental, ticklish, uncertain

Antonyms - constant, dependable, sensible, staid, steadfast, steady

  • Nuance (Justin)

Definition - 1. a subtle distinction or variation
2. a subtle quality
3. sensibilty to, awareness of, or ability to express delicate shadings
Etymology - French, from neur to make shades of color, from nue cloud, from Latin nubes
Synonyms - tinge, gradation
Antonyms - similarity, likeness

  • Requite (Zach)

Definition – to make repayment or return for (service, benefits, etc.).
Etymology -1520–30; re- + obs. quite, var. of quit
Synonyms - make amends, pay off, revenge
Antonyms - dissatisfy, refuse

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