Unit 9: Vocab: College Writing 101

Bode
To be an omen of; to indicate by signs

Fetid
Having an unpleasant or offensive odor

Incubus
A demon or evil spirit supposed to haunt human beings in their bedrooms at night; anything that oppresses or weighs upon one, like a nightmare

Heyday
The period of greatest power, vigor l, success, or influence; the prime years

Fervid
Burning with enthusiasm or zeal; extremely heated

Dank
Unpleasantly damp or wet

Beatitude
A state of perfect happiness or blessedness; a blessing

Ecumenical
Worldwide or universal in influence or application

Bête noire
Someone or something that one especially dislikes, dreads, or avoids

Gargantuan
Of immense size, volume, or capacity; enormous, prodigious

Truckle
To yield or submit tamely or submissively

Tautology
Needless repetition of an idea by using different but equivalent words; a redundancy

Infrastructure
A basic foundation of framework; a system of public works; the resources and facilities required for an activity; permanent military installations

Prolix
Long-winded and wordy; tending to speak or write In such a way

Lagniappe
An extra or unexpected gift or gratuity

Sycophant
Someone who attempts to win favors or advance him- or helpself by flattery or servile behavior l; a slander, de famer

Protege
Someone whose welfare, training, or career is under the patronage of an influential person; someone under the jurisdiction of a foreign country or government

Kudos
The acclaim, prestige, or renown that comes as the result of some action or achievement

Prototype
An original pattern or model; a primitive or ancestral form

Inveigle
To entice, lure, or snare by flattery or artful inducements; to obtain or acquire by artifice