Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wednesday Word Skills ... on Sunday

Here is the next set of words from "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman!

Disquisition = a formal discourse or treatise in which a subject is examined and discussed; dissertation.

Persiflage = light, bantering talk or writing; a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.

Bumptious = offensively self-assertive.

Limned = to represent in drawing or painting; to portray in words, describe.

Dysphoria = a state of dissatisfaction, anxiety, restlessness, or fidgeting.

Sine = a perpendicular line drawn from one extremity of an arc of a circle to the diameter that passes through its other extremity.

Meerkat = A small, burrowing, carnivorous mammal (Suricata suricatta) of southern Africa, related to the mongoose and having grayish fur and a long tail, which it uses for balance when it stands on its hind legs.

Poniards = small, slender daggers.

Babel = a confused mixture of sounds or voices.

Arugula = a Mediterranean plant, Eruca vesicaria sativa, of the mustard family, having pungent leaves used in salads.

Munificent = extremely liberal in giving; very generous; characterized by great generosity.

Scrim = a cotton or linen fabric of open weave used for bunting, curtains, etc.; a piece of such fabric used as a drop, border, or the like, for creating the illusion of a solid wall or backdrop under certain lighting conditions or creating a semitransparent curtain when lit from behind.

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