January 2015 WOD
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Capital High School
Word of the Day
1/5 atavistic – (at uh VIS tic)(adjective) having characteristics of something ancient or ancestral; throwback.
The atavistic behavior of the street gang is a throwback to the days of cavemen.
1/6 behest – (bi HEST)(noun) an order or command.
The secretary typed the letters at the behest of her boss.
1/7 capacious – (kuh PAY shus)(adjective) spacious; roomy; able to hold much.
The old castle has a capacious dining room large enough to seat a small army.
1/8 de facto – (dih FAK toe)(adjective) in fact; actually existing, especially without lawful authority.
De facto religious segregation exists in many countries without the approval of the respective governments.
1/9 elfin – (EL fin)(adjective) small and sprightly; mischievous, fairylike.
Jane is small and has an elfin charm until she starts to sing; then she sounds like a bullfrog in a pond.
1/12 finis – (fi NEE)(noun) the end or conclusion.
The Nuremburg Trials of Nazi war criminals marked a symbolic finis to World War II.
1/13 gregarious – (gruh GAIR ee us)(adjective) seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable.
Bernard’s gregarious nature made him an enjoyable person.
1/14 hereditary - (huh RED ih tare ee)(adjective) from one’s ancestor, possessed at birth.
The doctor diagnosed a hereditary defect in the young boy’sheart.
1/15 inalienable – (in AY lee un uh bul)(adjective) not subject to transfer, surrender, or removal; sacred.
Inalienable rights are freedoms that cannot be taken away from a United States citizen.
1/16 jingoism – (JING goh iz um)(noun) aggressive nationalism and patriotism; belligerent bigoted patriotism; warmongering.
Patriotism can be misdirected into jingoism and intolerance of other nations very quickly.
1/20 lugubrious – (loo GOO bree us)(adjective) exaggeratedly mournful.
Edgar Allan Poe is considered one of the most lugubrious American authors.
1/21 ostracize – (AHS truh size)(verb) to exclude from a group; to shun.
Marie Curie was ostracized from many scientific circles because she was a woman.
1/22 prevaricate – (prih VAYR uh kayt)(verb) to lie, perjure, fib, deceive, falsify.
Joe prevaricated because he did not want to explain his whereabouts during 4th period.
1/23 rhapsodize – (RAP suh dyze)(verb) to express oneself in an enthusiastic manner; to gush.
Fairy tales often rhapsodize about the princess meeting Prince Charming.
1/26 stringent – (STRIN junt)(adjective)rigorously binding or exacting; strict.
Military colleges have stringent rules of conduct which students are required to follow.
1/27 temerity – (tuh MER uh tee)(noun) boldness; recklessness; audacity.
After he had the temerity to dispute the company’s policies, Ed was forced to resign.
1/28 umbrage – (UM bridge)(noun) sense of injury or insult; offense; displeasure.
America took umbrage when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.
1/29 verisimilitude – (ver uh si MIL uh tood)(noun) authenticity; plausibility; appearance of truth.
The verisimilitude of famous people in wax museums is enough to fool you for a brief minute.
1/30 wane – (wayn)(verb) to decrease gradually; to weaken; to fade away.
By the late 1970s, the band’s popularity had begun to wane.