Advanced Vocabulary: Would You Get an A on This Test?
Don’t worry, it’s not really a test. You’d probably get 100 percent on this one, anyway.
However, if you’ve heard or read these words over the years, but were never quite sure of the definitions, this is your chance to move up to the advanced class.
- Anachronism: An error in chronology; a person or thing which seems to belong to a different period of time.
- Quixotic: Refers to the fictional character Don Quixote. An impulsive dreamer, foolishly idealistic.
- Hubris: Arrogance resulting from excessive pride or passion.
- Exacerbate: To make worse; increase the severity; aggravate.
- Insidious: Causing harm in a stealthy, gradual manner; sneaky, treacherous.
- Ubiquitous: Seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent.
- Truculent: Fierce, cruel, harsh, mean, scathing.
- Eponymous: Relating to a person whose name becomes synonymous with a thing. Eponym refers to a real or imaginary person, after whom something has been named, as well as to the name itself. Proprietary eponyms are brand names that have come into general use (for example, Kleenex, Frisbee and Jello). An eponymous hero is the main character after whom a book was named. Don Quixote is the eponymous hero of Cervantes’ novel (see #2 above).
- Taciturn: Almost always quiet, not talkative, uncommunicative.
- Caveat: A warning.
- Conundrum: A puzzle or riddle, often with a pun as an answer.
- Minion: One who follows or serves a leader.
- Ephemeral: Short-lived, transient, something with a short life cycle. Lasting only one day (as some types of blooming flowers).
- Plethora: Excess, overabundance.
- Quintessential: Representing the perfect example of something. He was the considered the quintessential New Yorker.
- Mettle: A quality of good spirit, temperament, courage.
- Vociferous: Loud, noisy.
- Aberrant: Deviating from the ordinary; exceptional, abnormal.
- Venerable: Worthy of respect or reverence.
- Obsequious: Showing too much willingness to serve; fawning.