Monday, November 1, 2010

Words I Don't Know: Royal Edition III

 So... I found another page of about two dozen words I don't know.  At this rate, I will never learn much of anything.  I have a plan to get organized, I swear.  Until then, educate yourselves.

obsequious (adj.): obedient; dutiful.
prescient (n.):  knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight.
bordello (n.):  a brothel.
priapic (adj.):  characterized by or emphasizing a phallus.  
proclivities (n.):  natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition.
 affable (adj.):  pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite.
 harridan (n.):  a scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew.
intransigence (n., adj.):  refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.
insular (adj.):  dwelling or situated on an island.
nominal (adj.):  being such in name only; so-called; putative.
disinter(red) (v.): to take out of the place of interment; exhume; unearth.
ascetic (n.):  a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons.
calumniated (v.):  to make false and malicious statements about; slander.
canonize (v.):  to consider or treat as sacrosanct or holy.
interdict (n.):  any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer; a punishment by which the faithful, remaining in communion with the church, are forbidden certain sacraments and prohibited from participation in certain sacred acts; a general or special order of the Roman praetor forbidding or commanding an act, esp. in cases involving disputed possession.
sacramental (adj.):  powerfully binding.
iniquitous (adj.):  characterized by injustice or wickedness; wicked; sinful.
promulgate (v.):  to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
diocese (n.):  an ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop.
obdurate (adj.):  stubbornly resistant to moral influence; persistently impenitent.
effigy (n.):  a crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule.
coterie (n.):  a group of people who associate closely.

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