Vocabulary Assignment - 11/5/2008

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 11/5/2008

  • Fawn (verb) (Cass)

Definition - to seek notice or favor by servile demeanor
Etymology - Old English fagnian "rejoice," from fægen "glad" (see fain); used in Middle English to refer to expressions of delight, especially a dog wagging its tail, hence "act slavishly"
Synonyms - servile, obsequious, grovel, cringe
Antonyms - ignore, snub

  • Parry (Zach)

Definition - 1. to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert.
2. to turn aside; evade or dodge: to parry an embarrassing question.
Etymology - 1665–75; < F parez, impv. of parer to ward off, set off < L parāre to set
Synonyms - avert; elude; prevent, obviate, preclude
Antonyms - deal with, face, meet

  • Diaphanous

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  • Malinger (Janet)

Definition - to pretend incapacity (such as illness) to avoid responsibilities or work
Etymology - French, from "malingre" sickly
Synonyms - feign illness, dissemble
Antonyms - come clean, behave honestly

  • Latent (Justin)

Definition – present and capable of becoming though not now visible, obvious, active, or symptomatic
Etymology - Middle English, from Latin latent-, latens, ffrom present participle of latere to lie hidden; akin to Greek lanthanein to escape notice
Synonyms - quiescent, potential
Antonyms - actual, existent

  • Laud (David Terry)

Definition - to praise, extol; a song or hymn of praise
Etymology - 1300–50; (v.) ME lauden < L laudāre to praise, deriv. of laus (s. laud-) praise; (n.) ME laude, back formation from laudes (pl.) < LL, special use of pl. of L laus praise
Synonyms - admire, adore, approve, bless
Antonyms - blame, castigate, criticize

  • Palatial

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  • Ardor

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  • Limpid (Eric Delich)

Definition - Characterized by transparent clearness
2. Easily intelligible; clear:
3. Calm and untroubled; serene
Etymology - Latin limpidus
Synonyms - crystal clear, pellucid, transparent, crystalline, lucid
Antonyms - Dark Opague

  • Demagogue (Cardonick)

Definition - A person who persuades others in order to gain power and popularity by using emotions, passions and prejudices of the people. Ex: Hitler
Etymology - 1640-50 Greek leader. dem(os) - people + agogos leading, guiding. (agogue -added onto Greek loanwords to change the meaning to “leader, bringer,”.)
Synonyms - agitator, fanatic, haranger, hothead, incendiary, inciter, inflamer, instigator, politician, radical, rebel, revolutionary, soapbox orator, troublemaker
Antonyms - Negotiator, arbitrator, diplomat, mediator, calmer

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