Vocabulary Unit 4

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Section 1

Question Answer
affinity(n.) a natural attraction to a person, thing, or activity; a relationship, connection
bilious(adj.) peevish or irritable; sickeningly unpleasant
cognate(adj.) closely related in origin, essential nature, or function; (n.) such a person or thing
corollary(n.) a proposition that follows from one already proven; a natural consequence or result; (adj.) resultant or consequent
cul-de-sac(n.) a blind alley or dead-end street; any situation in which further progression is impossible; an impasse

Section 2

Question Answer
derring-do(n.) valor or heroism; daring deeds or exploits (often used to poke fun at false heroics)
divination(n.) the art or act of predicting the future or discovering hidden knowledge
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
folderol(n.) foolish talk, ideas, or procedures; nonsense; a trifle
gamut(n.) an entire range or series

Section 3

Question Answer
hoi polloi(n.) the common people, the masses
ineffable(adj.) not expressible in words; too great or too sacred to be uttered
lucubration (n.) laborious study or thought, especially at night; the result of such work
mnemonic(adj.) relating to or designed to assist the memory; (n.) a device to aid in the memory
obloquy(n.) public abuse indicating strong disapproval or censure; the disgrace resulting from such treatment

Section 4

Question Answer
parameter(n.) a determining or characteristic element; a factor that shapes the total outcome; a limit; boundary
pundit(n.) a learned person; one who gives authoritative opinions
risible(adj.) pertaining to laughter; able or inclined to laugh; laughable
symptomatic(adj.) typical or characteristic; being or concerning with a symptom of a disease
volte-face(n.) an about-face; a complete reversal

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