Level H: Unit 4 Definitions

  1. affinity
    (n.) a natural attraction to a person, thing, or activity; a relationship, connection
  2. bilious
    (adj.) peevish or irritable; sickeningly unpleasant
  3. cognate
    (adj.) closely related in origin, essential nature, or function; (n.) such a person or thing
  4. corollary
    (n.) a proposition that follows from one already proven; a natural consequence or result; (adj.) resultant or consequent
  5. cul-de-sac
    (n.) a blind alley or dead-end street; any situation in which further progress is impossible; an impasse
  6. derring-do
    (n.) valor or heroism; daring deeds or exploits (often used to poke fun at false heroics)
  7. divination
    (n.) the art or act of predicting the future or discovering hidden knowledge
  8. elixir
    (n.) a potion once thought capable of curing all ills and maintaining life indefinitely; a panacea; a sweet liquid used as a vehicle in medicines
  9. folderol
    (n.) foolish talk, ideas, or procedures; nonsense; a trifle
  10. gamut
    (n.) an entire range or series
  11. hoi polloi
    (n.) the common people, the masses
  12. ineffable
    (adj) not expressible in words; too great or too sacred to be uttered
  13. lucubration
    (n.) laborious study or thought, especially at night; the result of such work
  14. mnemonic
    (adj.) relating to or designed to assist the memory; (n.) a device to aid the memory
  15. obloquy
    (n.) public abuse indicating strong disapproval or censure; the disgrace resulting from such treatment
  16. parameter
    n. a determining or characteristic element; a factor that shapes the final outcome; a limit; a boundary
  17. pundit
    (n.) a learned person; one who gives authoritative opinions
  18. risible
    (adj.) pertaining to laughter; able or inclined to laugh; laughable
  19. symptomatic
    (adj.) typical or characteristic; being or concerned with a symptom of a disease
  20. volte-face
    (n.) an about-face; a complete reversal
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Level H: Unit 4 Definitions