English Vocabulary Notes

English Literature

1. redivivus: living again; revived; restored.
2. chagrin: acute vexation or embarrassment.
3. gaucherie: a socially awkward or tactless act; also, lack of tact.
4. panache: dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
5. logorrhea: excessive talkativeness.
6. assiduous: constant in application or attention.
7. sylvan: pertaining to woods or forests.
8. voluptuary: a person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites.
9. inure: to make used to; also, to take or have effect.
10. auspicious: favorable; also, prosperous; fortunate.
11. tmesis: in grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word.
12. carapace: a shell; a protective covering.
13. paladin: a champion of a cause.
14. hale: free from disease and weakening conditions; healthy.
15. sacrosanct: sacred; inviolable.
16. melange: a mixture.
17. vainglory: excessive pride or vain display.
18. sub rosa: secretly; privately; confidentially.
19. digerati: persons knowledgeable about computers.

20. confrere: a colleague, comrade, or intimate associate.
21. querulous: habitually complaining; also, expressing complaint.
22. vociferous: clamorous; noisy.
23. firmament: the sky; the heavens.
24. jollification: merrymaking; revelry.
25. benefaction: the act of conferring a benefit; also, a benefit conferred.
26. apposite: of striking appropriateness and relevance.
27. cynosure: a center of attention.
28. quiddity: the essence or nature of a thing.
29. perquisite: a benefit in addition to a salary.
30. Hogmanay: the name, in Scotland, for the last day of the year.

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