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DJO Vocabulary

Updated 2007-01-31 00:39

DJO Vocabulary

This is a list of words not initially definable by a Toronto-based writer


mael·strom n.A violent or turbulent situation: caught in the maelstrom of war. A whirlpool of extraordinary size or violence.
sclerotic (a.)Hard; firm; indurated; -- applied especially in anatomy to the firm outer coat of the eyeball, which is often cartilaginous and sometimes bony.
pithy (superl.)Having nervous energy; forceful; cogent.
contemporaneous (a.)Living, existing, or occurring at the same time; contemporary.
pru·ri·ent adj.Inordinately interested in matters of sex; lascivious. Characterized by an inordinate interest in sex: prurient thoughts. Arousing or appealing to an inordinate interest in sex: prurient literature.
tautology (n.)A repetition of the same meaning in different words; needless repetition of an idea in different words or phrases; a representation of anything as the cause, condition, or consequence of itself, as in the following lines: --//The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers,/And heavily in clouds brings on the day. Addison.
mor·dant adj.Bitingly sarcastic: mordant satire. Incisive and trenchant: an inquisitor's mordant questioning. Bitingly painful.
hag·i·og·ra·phy n.Biography of saints. A worshipful or idealizing biography.