College Writing Vocab Unit 5

abjure

to recant solemnly

Soliloquy

a dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a charactoer talks to himeself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts when alone or unaware of the presence of other characters

Subjugate

to bring under control; conquer

Suffragist

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

Tautology

Reduncency or needless repetition

Taxonomy

The classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships

Tectonic

Geology of or relating to the structure of the earth's crust and the large-scale processes that take place withinn it, including geological features, mountain, continents, and oceans.

Tempestuous

Resembling a tempest. Violent emotions or actions.

Thermodynamics

The branch of physical science that deals with the relations between heat and other forms of energy (such as mechanical, electrical, or chemical energy), and, by extension, of the relationships between all forms of energy.

Totalitarian

Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority excersises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is

Unctuous

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness; having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; slippery

Usurp

To take (a position of power or importance) illegally or by force

Vacuous

Lacking intelligence; stupid.

Vehement

Forceful or intense in expression, emotion, or conviction.

Vortex

a spiral motion of fluid, especially a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center

Winnow

Transitive- To separate the chaff from (grain) by means of current air. To blow (chaff) off of or away. To examine closely in order to separate the good from bad. Intransitive- To separate grain from chaff/ good from bad.

wrought

a past tense and previous item of work; to put together or create

xenophobe

a person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples

yeoman

An attendant, servant, or lesser official in a royal or noble household.

Ziggurat

A temple tower in the ancient Assyrians and Babylonions

Superciliously

Feeling or showing haughty disdain, or thinking one is superior to others