Tuesday, December 3, 2013


1. acquiescent (adjective) /ˌækwi'ɛsənt/

          - tending to accept or allow what other people want or demand

          ac·qui·es·cent·ly adverb

Andy shrugged his shoulders, and gave an acquiescent whistle.

2. vociferate  ( verb)  /voʊˈsɪfəˌreɪt/
         - to speak or cry out loudly or noisily; shout; bawl.
         - to exclaim or cry out about (something) clamorously, vehemently, 
         or insistently

He therefore rode along with an air of dutiful submission, only groaning and vociferating occasionally that 't was "desp't rough, and bad for Jerry's foot.

Synonyms: bawl, bay, bellow, cry, holler, hollo (or halloo also hallo),roar, shout, thunder,
                   call, yell
Antonyms: breathe, mumble, murmur, mutter, whisper

3. lineament (noun) /ˈlɪniəmənt/

       -  an outline, feature, or contour of a body or figure and especially of a face —usually
                     used in plural
      - a facial outline or feature
      - a distinctive characteristic or feature
     -  geology  any long natural feature on the surface of the earth 

        Lineamental  - adjective

In the head and face every organ and lineament expressive of brutal and unhesitating violence was in a state of the highest possible development.

4. concussion (noun) /kənˈkʌʃən/

            -  a stunning, damaging, or shattering effect from a hard blow; especially :  a jarring
              injury of the brain resulting in disturbance of cerebral function
          - a hard blow or collision
          - shock caused by the impact of a collision, blow, etc.
          - the act of violently shaking or jarring.

           concussive - adjective

Carriage springs up, with another bounce,—down go the hind wheels,—senator, woman, and child, fly over on to the back seat, his elbows encountering her bonnet, and both her feet being jammed into his hat, which flies off in the concussion.

15. tousle (verb) /ˈtaʊzəl/
       - to make (someone’s hair) untidy
         - to disorder or dishevel: The wind tousled our hair.
         - to handle roughly.

        -  a disheveled or rumpled mass, especially of hair.
        - a disordered, disheveled, or tangled condition.

A very heavy mat of sandy hair, in a decidedly tousled condition, and a beard of some days' growth, gave the worthy man an appearance, to say the least, not
particularly prepossessing.

                   dislocate, disorganize, disrupt, disturb,hash, jumble, mess (up), 
                   muddle, muss, rumple,scramble, shuffle, disorder, tumble, upset
Antonymsarrange, array, dispose, marshal (also marshall),order, 
                   organize, range, regulate, straighten (up), tidy

6. tumultuous (adjective)  /tuˈmʌltʃuəs, tyu-/

           - loud, excited, and emotional
            - involving a lot of violence, or disorder
           - marked by tumult :  loud, excited, and emotional<tumultuous applause>
- tending or disposed to cause or incite a tumult 
                                                                tumultuous faction — Edward Gibbon>
           - marked by violent or overwhelming turbulence or upheaval<tumultuous passions>

“Before he could fairly awake from his surprise, young Master George sprang into the wagon, threw his arms tumultuously round his neck, and was sobbing and scolding with energy.”

7. supposititious (adjective)  /səˌpɒzɪˈtɪʃəs/

       - fraudulently substituted or pretended; spurious; not genuine.
       - hypothetical.

He thought of how he should make out his gang; he thought of the respective market value of certain supposititious men and women and children who were to compose it, and other kindred topics of the business

Antonyms: legitimate

8. inscrutable (adjective) /ɪnˈskrubəl/

         -  difficult to understand
         -  causing people to feel curious or confused
         -  not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood 
“Undoubtedly. It pleased Providence, for some inscrutable reason, to doom the race to bondage, ages ago; and we must not set up our opinion against that.”

                   mystic, occult, uncanny
                  obvious,  palpable,patent, perspicuous, plain, straightforward, transparent,
                  unambiguous, unequivocal, unmistakable

9. acquaintanceship  (noun) /əˈkweɪntns/

           - a person known to one, but usually not a close friend.
           - the state of being acquainted.
           -  personal knowledge as a result of study, experience, etc.: 
                              A good acquaintance with French wines.
Tom watched the little lady a great deal, before he ventured on any overtures towards acquaintanceship.

Acquaintance, associate, companion, friend refer to a person withwhom one is in contact. An acquaintance is someone recognized bysight or someone known, 
   though not intimately: a casual acquaintance.

10. rum·pus ( noun) /ˈrʌmpəs/

         - a noisy or violent disturbance; commotion; uproar 
                        There was a terrible rumpus going on upstairs.
        - a heated controversy: a rumpus over the school-bond issue.

The kids made such a rumpus that they woke up everyone else in the house.

Synonyms: ado, alarums and excursions, ballyhoo, blather, bluster, bobbery, bother,
                     bustle, clatter, clutter [chiefly dialect], coil, corroboree [Australian],
                     disturbance, do [chiefly dialect], foofaraw, fun, furor, furore, fuss, helter-
                     skelter, hoo-ha (also hoo-hah), hoopla, hubble-bubble, hubbub,
                     hullabaloo, hurly, hurly-burly, hurricane, hurry, hurry-scurry (or hurry-
                    skurry), kerfuffle [chiefly British], moil, pandemonium, pother, row,
                     ruckus, ruction, commotion, shindy, splore [Scottish], squall, stew, stir,
                     storm, to-do, tumult, turmoil, uproar, welter, whirl, williwaw, zoo

                   order, orderliness

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