Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Calvin and a New Vocabulary

I recently finished reading Calvin by Dr. Bruce Gordon - and not only did I learn much about the details of John Calvin’s life, but I also came to know the meaning of a number of words I had never heard before. Here are just a few (with their meanings):

Perfidious = treacherous
Calumnious = to discredit or malign
Coruscate = sparkle
Sophistry = displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone
Invidious = prejudice
Envisage = to conceive or imagine
Profundity = intellectual depth
Prolixity = long-windedness or extreme wordiness
Dissimulation = deceit or deception
Apoplexy = a stroke, intracerebral bleeding
Contumacy = rebellion; insubordination
Perfidy = betrayal
Timorous = fearful, timid
Circumlocution = indirect expression
Foetid = foul-smelling
Alacrity = eagerness
Perspicuous = easily understandable
Unctuousness = smug, self-serving earnestness
Panegyrist = an orator who delivers eulogies
Prescient = foresight
Avaricious = covetous, greedy

1 comment:

  1. Sus St ChristopherMay 27, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    You realize by showing the new words you've learned, staff meeting conversations should become quite lively as we try to stump each other with perspicuous-ness, profundity, and perhaps prolixity tossed in for good measure.

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