Amazon

Search This Blog

Get updated

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

vocab 1-5 study guide

Unit 1
metonymy-the use of a closely related word as a substitute
spoonerism-a comical switching of the first sounds of words
acronym- a word made from first letters
diminutive-a suffix indicating smallness
coinage-an invented word
palindrome-a word spelled the same backwards and forwards
oxymoron-an expression with contradictory words
portmanteau-a word formed from 2 other words
affix-a prefix or suffix
colloquial-conversational
Unit 2
dubious-doubtful
vacillate-to hesitate in choice of action or opinion
qualm-a sense of doubt
precarious-dangerous;unstable
indeterminate-vague;unclear
apprehensive-nervous or uneasy
tentative-not fully worked out; provisional
categorical-absolute
unequivocal-perfectly clear
conclusive-decisive
Unit 3
ignoble-dishonorable
wily-cunning
demeanor-one’s manner
feral-untamed;wily
decorum-appropriateness of behavior
provincial-unsophisticated
unseemly-grossly improper
beguile-to charm
benevolent-with kind intentions
mores-accepted customs of a group
Unit 4
multifarious-diverse
intemperate-lacking moderation
satiate-to fully satisfy
exorbitance-extreme expense
grandiose-trying to seem important
profligate-wildly extravagant
opulence- great abundance
surfeit-to overindulge
aggrandize-to exaggerate
gratuitous-unnecessary;unjustified

Unit 5
Complaisant - Eager to please
Mellow- Easygoing
Intrepid- fearless
Brazen - shameless and bold
Assertive- confident;forceful
Docile- gentle;tame
Pacific- peaceful; calm
Flamboyant- flashy;vivid
Strident- harsh; shrill
unabashed - not embarrassed
Post a Comment