1. v. to mix together; to combine two or more parts or elements.
2. n. a combination of elements, parts, or substances.
The Kirov Ballet of the former Soviet Union compounded its traditional style with contemporary music and dance from other countries.
Steel is a compound, or alloy, of iron, carbon, and other substances such as copper, cobalt, and silicon.
1. n. A precise statement or explanation
2. n. A public exhibit or show.
With both written text and 1,065 colored illustrations, John James Aububon’s Bird of America, published in 1838, remains a model exposition on the subject,
The first international exposition was held in London’s Crystal Palace in 1851.
v. To set forth an explanation or view of something in detail.
The travelers expounded on the animals they saw on their safari in Kenya.
1. v.To set up, or to force something (or oneself) on others.
2. v. To take unfair advantage of someone.
Under apartheid, the South African government imposed laws that granted different rights to people based on the color of their skin.
In the play The Man Who Came to Dinner, a guest who breaks his hip when departing imposes on his host for six months.
n. One who deceives by using a false identity.
The wife of Martin Guerre wonders if the man claiming to be Martin is really her husband returning after eight years or an imposter.
n. One who argues in support of something.
Proponents of recycling newsprint, glass, and aluminum have found citizens more willing to cooperate than they expected.
Some extroverts express their social ease with facile talk and colorful clothing.
Root Word: Medius- “middle”
Use in a Sentence
v. To act as negotiator between opposing sides in a dispute.
During his presidency Jimmy Carter mediated disagreements between Israel and Egypt.
n. The condition of being commonplace or ordinary, somewhere in the middle between high and low; a very ordinary person.
Although twice elected prime minister of Great Britain, Sir Winston Churchill was considered an academic mediocrity as a schoolboy.
1. n. A substance or element through which something is transmitted.
2. n. A person thought to have communication with spirits of the dead.
For the Watusi, an African ethnic group, cattle are wealth and therefore become a medium of exchange.
Despite her powers as a medium, Madam Arcati cannot control the ghost of a first wife who complicates the lives of her successor and her helpless husband in the play Blithe Spirit.
Root Word: Sequor, Sequi, Sectum- “to follow”
Use in a Sentence
17. non sequitur
n. A statement that does not follow logically from evidence.
“A person who cries must be sad” is a non sequitur because there are other reasons for tears other than feeling sad: laughing uncontrollably and peeling onions, for example.