Tuesday, August 20, 2013

vocabulary: fall #1

expository: Intended to explain or describe something

 composition: The nature of something's ingredients or constituents; the way in which a whole or mixture is made up.

 assuage: Make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense: "the letter assuaged the fears of most members".

 decadence: Moral or cultural decline, esp. after a peak of achievement

 hackneyed: Lacking significance through having been overused

 coalition: An alliance for combined action, especially a temporary alliance of political parties forming a government or of states.

 transcend: Be or go beyond the range or limits of (something abstract, typically a conceptual field or division).

 meritorious: Deserving reward or praise: "a medal for meritorious conduct".

 lurid: Very vivid in color, esp. so as to create an unpleasantly harsh or unnatural effect: "lurid food colorings".

 petulant: (of a person or their manner) Childishly sulky or bad-tempered

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