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Topics: Rhetoric, Latin, Word Pages: 5 (631 words) Published: December 28, 2013
Lesson 1:
accentuate comprehensive intricacy provocative usurp ambiguous felicitous introspective rhetorical vernacular

Word
accentuate
Structure

Sentence
A commanding speaker, Douglass used his powerful voice to accentuate important points and to get his listeners' attention. Context

Sound
Accentuation
Definition
V. To emphasize, to heighten the effect of, to pronounce or mark with an accent synonyms
emphasize, highlight, put emphasis on, stress, draw attention to, bring out Antonyms
Play down , de-emphasize

Her short hair accentuated her huge eyes.
The fundamental patterns of inequality have remained and have been accentuated by the war. His shaven head accentuates his large round face.

Word
Ambiguous
Structure
"ambigu" Latin root doubt ; doubtful + -ous (having)
Sentence
Neither Douglass nor King were ambiguous in their demands; they both made it perfectly clear that nothing less than equal rights for African Americans were acceptable. Context

Sound

Definition
Adj. Having more than one possible meaning, uncertain, vague or unclear synonyms
vague, unclear, abstruse, equivocal, uncertain, indefinite, confusing, indistinct, hazy antonyms
Clear

His remarks clarify an ambiguous statement given earlier this week.

Word
Comprehensive
Structure
Comprehend ( grasp fully)+ -ive ( relating to or of)
Sentence
King demanded a comprehensive, nationwide commitment to civil rights for African Americans. Context

Sound

Definition
Adj. Of wide scope, inclusive, thorough
synonyms
complete, inclusive, full, all-inclusive, wide-ranging, broad, ample, widespread Antonym
Incomplete
Examples
The Rough Guide to Nepal is a comprehensive guide to the region.

Word
Felicitous
Structure
Latin Root "felic" that means lucky or favorable
Sentence
Douglass's felicitous manner of speaking made his ideas seem agreeable as well. He persuaded many people to support the cause of the abolitionists. (an antislavery campaigner ) Context

Sound

Definition
Adj. Well chosen for the occasion, appropriate, apt, having an agreeable or delightful manner of writing or speaking synonyms
-Appropriate, apt, suitable, apposite, well-chosen, fitting, relevant -fortunate, lucky, fortuitous, timely, happy, blessed
Antonyms
-Inapposite , unsuitable, out of place, inappropriate, misplaced - unfortunate
Example
Her speech was not at all felicitous.

Word
Intricacy
Structure
"intric" Latin root that means perplexing or baffling+ -cy suffix that means the state of being. Sentence
King knew that segregation was not a simple issue. Yet his clear sense of Justice helped him cut through the intricacy of the problem. Context

Sound

Definition
N. Condition or state of being complex, involved, or detailed, elaborateness synonyms
N. complexity, difficulty, obscurity, sophistication
antonyms
Simplicity
Example
Garments are priced according to the intricacy of the work.

Word
introspective
Structure
"intro" Latin root that means within or into +"Spect" latin root that means see or look at+ -ive suffix (of )= Sentence
Both King and Douglass were introspective people who thoughtfully examined their own beliefs. Context

Sound

Definition
Adj. Given to examination of one's own thoughts and feelings, contemplative synonyms
self-examining, self-absorbed, contemplative, reflective, thoughtful Antonyms
Unthinking
Example
There were a lot of family problems and Jim became increasingly introspective. I'm very introspective and shy; terribly so.

Word
Provocative
Structure
Pro- prefix that means in support of+ voca Latin for voice + -ive suffix that means tending to Sentence
In a time when many Americans took slavery for granted, Douglass's speeches were extremely provocative. Context

Sound

Definition
Adj. Stimulating, pushing or tending toward action, thought, or strong feeling synonyms...
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