Bad Religion Word-a-Day

Fuck Armageddon…This is Help with Your Vocabulary


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Sinuous (adj.)

Definition: (1) Having many curves and turns; (2) lithe and supple

“Oh the sinuous trails of concrete and rails and exhausted roars, population wars setting our future course.”

—“Grains of Wrath” on New Maps of Hell

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In a sentence: Satellite images show the sinuous, but often elegant design of our highway system.

Synonyms: circuitous, meandering, winding, serpentine

Antonyms: straight, unwinding, direct

 

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Mercurial (adj.)

Definition: (of a person) Subject to sudden or unpredictable changes

“With mercurial smile and incurable style she was only a dream.”

—“Broken” on The Process of Belief

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In a sentence: Mitt Romney’s political beliefs are as mercurial as a baby’s moods.

Synonyms: fickle, capricious, temperamental, impulsive

Antonyms: staunch, dedicated, consistent, unchanging

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Savoir-faire (n.)

Definition: The ability to act or speak appropriately in social situations.

“Hit the road in wander mode, inquire along the way. Savoir-faire in full despair while living day to day, my heart is not a cauldron of proof.”

—“Prove It” on The Process of Belief

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In a sentence: Derek booed that kid when he struck out at T-ball. Not exactly a paragon of savoir-faire, that Derek.

Synonyms: aplomb, tact, diplomacy, poise, grace

Antonyms: awkwardness, gaucheness, clumsiness

Etymology: French–Savoir (to know how) faire (to do)

Entomology: the branch of biology concerned with insects

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Halcyon (adj.)

Definition: Denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

“And the halcyon fields of opportunity turn out to be consensual and arbitrary.”

—“Meeting of the Minds” on The Dissent of Man

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In a sentence: Conservatives tend to glorify the era before the sixties as halcyon days, but there were serious issues of racism, sexism, and domination that made it a beneficial time for only a privileged few.

Synonyms: quiet, calm, tranquil, placid

Antonyms: frenzied, turbulent, violent

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Requite (v.)

Definition: (1) To make repayment or return for; (2) to avenge

“We found purchase then with no requite – nothing nice.”

—“Cyanide” on The Dissent of Man

Note: Though “requite” is typically a verb, it is used in the above lyric as a noun meaning “repayment”.

In a sentence: That wolf may have killed Liam Neeson’s wife, but by the look of those glass shards taped to his hands, he’s going to requite that injury quite brutally.

Synonyms: repay, return, retaliate

Antonyms: refuse, dissatisfy


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Rhetoric (n.)

Definition: (1) The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing; (2) Language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but is often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content

“The faces always different, the rhetoric the same, but we swallow it all and we see nothing change.”

—“Punk Rock Song” on The Gray Race

In a sentence: Many people profess to care for substance over style, but when we look at today’s political landscape, rhetoric continues to earn votes over truth.

Synonyms: oratory, eloquence

Antonyms: conciseness, inarticulateness

 

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