Vocabulary #1

1. theme: the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic
     A theme in one of my favorite books, The Fault in Our Stars, is everlasting love.

2. tone: the general character or attitude of a piece of writing, situation, etc.
     The author's tone in "A Modest Proposal" is serious because he is writing a document intended for a more sophisticated audience.

3. mood: a temporary state of mind or feeling
     She was in a bad mood the other day, and that reflected in her journal entry,

4. diction: the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing; the style of enunciation in speaking/singing
     The diction Langston Hughes used in the poem "Mother to Son" made the poem feel more personal.

5. syntax: the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language
     When I was reading his essay, I found a lot of syntax errors, making the essay hard to comprehend.

6. syllogism: logical argument that applies deductive reasoning to reach a conclusion based on two or more propositions that are assumed to be true
     When comparing figures in math, we often use a syllogism to compare side lengths and angle measurements.

7. stupid: lacking intelligence or common sense
     Arguing with her is terrible; her arguments are always so stupid.

8. adumbrate: report or represent in outline; indicate faintly
     The beginning of the movie adumbrated what was going to happen later on; the beginning showed flashbacks of the protagonist's life.

9. apotheosis: the highest point in the development of something; climax
     The apotheosis of the movie was when Augustus got rushed to the hospital after having health complications at a gas station.

10. ascetic: characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe discipline
     The nun and the monk lived very ascetic lives.

11. bauble: something of trifling appeal; a trinket
     The baubles at the toy store caught my sister's eye, and she begged my dad to buy her one.

12. beguile: to trick, deceive; to attract or interest someone
     The landowner beguiled the servant to work on his property, and in the end refused to pay him.

13. burgeon: to grow or develop quickly
     The number of people willing to be in the homecoming skit burgeoned quickly.

14. complement: something that completes something else or makes it better
     He has been my complement since seventh grade; he will continue to be my best friend.

15. contumacious: stubbornly disobedient
     Her contumacious children are always up to no good.

16. curmudgeon: a person who is easily angered or annoyed
     My teacher is such a curmudgeon; I think I'll have to drop the class soon.

17. didactic: designed or intended to teach people something
     Our class had a didactic discussion about the American colonies the other day, and it helped me understand the differences among the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.

18. disingenuous: not truly honest or sincere
     My sister gave a disingenuous apology after she stepped on my finished poster board.

20. faux pas: an embarrassing social mistake
     Steve Harvey made the worst faux pas of all time when he announced the wrong winner at the Miss Universe pageant.

21. fulminate: to complain loudly or angrily
     I fulminate obnoxiously in front of my band teacher when she tells us we have to march outside.

22. fustian: high-flown or affected writing or speech; pompous language
    I hate when people use fustian speech; chill out.

23. hauteur: arrogance
     My partner's hauteur prevented me from working efficiently with him.

24. inhibit: to keep someone from doing something or keep something from happening
    Their lack of motivation inhibited us from making a good satire video.

25. jeremiad: prolonged complaint
    Each of Donald Trump's speeches is basically a jeremiad of everything America is doing wrong.

26. opportunist: someone who tries to get an advantage or something valuable from a situation
     Does being an opportunist pay off in the long run?

27. unconsciable: extremely bad, unfair or wrong
     Due to unconsciable circumstances, the band won't be performing tonight.

Sooooonnnnnggggg: You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi (will anyone go to tomorrow's varsity football game? It'll be lit, I promise)


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