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Adv. Grammar Vocab1

Lesson 1 Vocabulary - Words derived from proper nouns

lothario (noun) a rake; a seducer; a lover
maverick (noun) one who acts independently
nemesis (noun) agent of retribution; just punishment; an archenemy or long-standing rival
philanderer (noun) one who makes love insincerely; one who engages in passing love affairs
philippic (noun) a bitter verbal attack
procrustean (adj) designed to secure conformity, even through drastic means
jingoistic (adj) characterized by extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy
protean (adj) changeable; taking on different forms
Pyrrhic (adj) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor
quixotic (adj) romantically idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
tawdry (adj) cheap; gaudy; showy
sybarite (noun) one who is fond of luxury and soft living
spoonerism (noun) an unintentional exchange of sounds (like saying "It's roaring pain" rather than "It's pouring rain")
solecism (noun) substandard use of words, violation of good manners
saturnine (adj) sluggish; gloomy; grave
Created by: MrReise
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