December 2014 WOD
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Capital High School
Word of the Day
12/1 authoritarian – (uh THAWR uh tayr ee un)(noun) someone who believes in total obedience or subjection to authority figures.
A true authoritarian is one who believes in dictatorships, many of which are still to be found in Third World countries.
12/2 caucus – (KAW kus)(noun) a meeting of leaders; especially a local political group.
A caucus was held to determine who would represent the union at the national conference.
12/3 delineate – (di LIN ee ayt)(verb) to describe exactly; sketch out; depict.
Before writing a novel, the author usually delineates his plot, deciding what will happen during the story.
12/4 embryonic – (em bree AHN ik)(adjective) in an early stage of development; in an undeveloped stage; rudimentary.
In our biology class we are studying the various stages of the birth of a pig, from embryonic conception to the actual birth.
12/5 imminent – (IM uh nunt)(adjective) just about to happen.
The clouds made us sure that a thunderstorm was imminent.
12/8 jetsam – (JET sem)(noun) cargo or equipment thrown overboard to lighten an injured vessel; discarded odds and ends.
The rescue helicopter followed a trail of jetsam, which led them to the survivors of the sinking vessel.
12/9 kinetic – (ki NET ik)(adjective) lively; active; having to do with motion.
I learned the power of kinetic energy the first time I flew on an airplane.
12/10 lackadaisical – (lack un DAZE ih kul)(adjective) lacking energy and vitality;
Her lackadaisical attitude created the illusion she was not a responsible person.
12/11 mores – (MAWR ayz)(noun) customary cultural standards; moral attitudes, methods, habits.
According to Chinese mores, it is polite for the dinner guests to belch at the table as a gesture of appreciation and enjoyment.
12/12 nutritive – (NOO truh tive)(adjective) having to do with promoting nutrition.
There are many foods considered to be more nutritive than French fries.
12/15omnipotent – (awm NIP uh tunt)(adjective) having unlimited power or authority.
Many in today’s society believe that doctors are omnipotent.
12/16 phantasmagoria – (fan taz muh GORE ee uh)(noun) an illusion of perceiving something that does not exist.
My eighty-year-old grandma has a phantasmagoria about being in the Miss America pageant.
12/17 quid pro quo – (kwid pro KWO)(noun) one thing in return for another.
The theory of “quid pro quo” is used by advertisers when they offer a free gift for buying a product.
12/18 remonstrate – (rih MON strate)(verb) to say or plead in protest, objection , or disapproval.
Patrick Henry remonstrated, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
12/19 tranquil – (TRANK wul)(adjective) quiet; calm; serene.
Twilight in the forest is a tranquil time to take a walk.