30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary - Chp. 4-5

Vicarious

Felt or enjoyed through imagined participation in the experience of others. "You are living, not your own life, but the lives of the characters of the story." (pg. 26)

Rationalize

Refers to the unconscious process of thought by which one justifies a discreditable act, and by which one offers to oneself and the world a better motive for one's action than the true motive." (pg. 27)

Gregarious

This term comes from the Latin word grex, 'a flock,' as of sheep...A hunger for love or friendship and a feeling of kinship with other human beings are nrmal and common human traits. It is the herd instinct that makes people, to a greater or lesser degre

Obsequious

Those who wait on others in an inferior capacity and whose lives and jobs depend on the whims of their masters are apt to be cringing and fawning. They are often excessively, sickeningly, and insincerely polite." (pg. 28)

Maudlin

One who is super-sentimental and gushing, who cries easily and without much cause." (pg. 28)

Ascetic

One who is given to severe self-denial and austerity, one who practices rigid abstinence, often for religious reasons." (pg. 28)

Pander

This verb literally means to minister to the gratification of the passions and prejudices of others, usually to one's own profit." (pg. 28)

Sublimate

This word originally came from the Latin sublimatus, 'raised on high,' and is closely related to 'sublime.'...To express primitive and socially unacceptable drives in constructive ways, usually through completely unconscious processes." (pg. 29)

Wanton

indulges in every passion...no thought of consequences." (pg. 29)

Effete

When animals, plants or soil are warn out and incapable of producing...(Latin ex, 'out,' fetus, 'having produced')...Degenerate, worn out, sterile, devoid of vigor, weakened by luxury, self-indulgence, and soft living." (pg. 29)

Obstetrician

Provides care for pregnant women, delivers babies, and gives post-natal attention to mothers." (pg. 36)

Pediatrician

Takes over after the obstetrician...specializes in the treatment of infants and very young children." (pg. 36)

Podiatrist

Treats the minor ailments of your feet. More [popularly called] chiropodist." (pg. 36)

Osteopath

Works on the theory that diseases arise chiefly from the displacement of bones, with resultant pressure on nerve centers and blood vessels. Hence, [their] treatment is manipulation of the affected parts." (pg. 36)

Ophthalmologist

A medical doctor and often a trained surgeon who treats the troubles and the diseases of the eyes. More [popularly called] oculist, or, even more popularly, an eye doctor." (pg. 36)

Optometrist

Checks and corrects vision, usually by describing and fitting eyeglasses." (pg. 36)

Optician

A technician who grinds lenses to an ophthalmologist's or optometrist's prescription or who makes or sells eyeglasses, binoculars, and other optical instruments." (pg. 37)

Gynecologist

Specializes in the diseases that are peculiar to women." (pg. 37)

Dermatologist

Specializes in diseases of the skin-rash, acne, allergies, lesions, psoriasis, eczema, etc." (pg. 37)

Psychiatrist

A medical specialist in mental ailments, emotional problems, psychoses, neuroses, etc." (pg. 37)

Orthodontist

Specializes in straightening crooked teeth and in correcting bad 'bites,' or, as they are called in the vocabulary of orthodontia, 'malocculusions.'" (pg. 37)