November 13, 2014

Dexter’s Diction

By: Dexter D.

Sometimes vocabulary can go insane, but it can also spice up your word choice in formal writing or casual conversations. Here are a few examples of advanced vocabulary you might run into.

acquiesce

(v.) to agree without protesting

Though Mr. Pospieszny wanted to stay outside and work in his garage, when his wife told him that he had better come in to dinner, he acquiesced to her demands.

alacrity

(n.) eagerness, speed

For some reason, Simon loved to help his girlfriend whenever he could, so when his girlfriend asked him to set the table he did so with alacrity.

demure

(adj.) quiet, modest, reserved

Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, she remained demure.

gluttony

(n.) overindulgence in food or drink

Helen’s fried chicken tastes so divine, I don’t know how anyone can call gluttony a sin.

hypocrisy

(n.) pretending to believe what one does not

Once the politician began passing legislation that contradicted his campaign promises, his hypocrisy became apparent.

indolent

(adj.) lazy

Why should my indolent children, who can’t even pick themselves up off the sofa to pour their own juice, be rewarded with a trip to Burger King?

incisive

(adj.) clear, sharp, direct

The discussion wasn’t going anywhere until her incisive comment allowed everyone to see what the true issues were.