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Insanely Hard Vocabulary #8 asseveration [ uh -sev- uh - RAY -sh uh n ] n The solemn declaration of something. His asseveration of his love for her led him nowhere. carte blanche (kart BLONSH) n Permission given to someone to do entirely as they wish. The homeowners gave carte blanche to the interior decorator. dysphemism [ DIS -f uh -miz- uh m ] n A derogatory or unpleasant term used instead of a pleasant or neutral one, such as “loony bin” instead of “mental hospital.” excoriate [ ik- skawr -ee-ayt ] v Criticize severely. The newspapers that excoriated him now praised him. foideur: n A coolness or reserve between people. gonif [ GON - uh f ] n A disreputable or dishonest person. hypnagogic [ hip-n uh - GOJ -ik ] adj Drowsy. ineluctable [ in-ih- LUHK -t uh -b uh l ] adj Inescapable. The couple thought their financial situation was ineluctable until they saw a financial counselor. juxtapose [ JUHK -st uh -pohz ] v To place close together for contrasting effect. Juxtaposed, the pictures of the relatives looked amazingly similar. mansuetude [ MAN -swih-tood ] n Meekness; gentleness. The nurse treated the ill children with mansuetude. nonfeasance [ non- FEE -z uh ns ] n Failure to perform an act required by law. ostentatious (oss-ten-TAY-shuss) adj Designed to impress or attract notice.

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