Week 2: Vocabulary

by Meaghan Doyle

acolytes
one who attends or assists

aide mémoire
an aid to the memory

basalt
a dark gray to black dense to fine-grained igneous rock that consists of basic plagioclase, approved augite, store and usually magnetite

captious
calculated to confuse, approved entrap, or entangle in argument

concatenation
to link together in a series or chain

doublet
a man’s close-fitting jacket worn in Europe especially during the Renaissance

fait accompli
a thing accomplished and presumably irreversible

grappa
a dry colorless brandy distilled from fermented grape pomace

imbroglio
an intricate or complicated situation

interregnum
a period during which the normal functions of government or control are suspended

languor
listless indolence or inertia

Lilliputian
small, miniature

lyceé
a French public secondary school that prepares students for the university

misanthropic
marked by a hatred or contempt for humankind

misogynistic
a hatred of women

osseous
bony

salient
standing out conspicuously : prominent; especially : of notable significance

symbiosis
a cooperative relationship (as between two persons or groups)

trattoria
restaurant; specifically : a usually small Italian restaurant

xenophobic
one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin


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