liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,

Vocabababble: Horizon Words

Most of these words are ones that I am on the threshhold of knowing, known as "horizon words". They are on the edge of my vocabulary. I read the word and see it often enough to be familiar with its meaning, but I don't know it well enough to use it myself. YET.

feckless = 1. weak, ineffective 2. worthless, irresponsible.

terror (as used in the phrase "war on terror") = militant Islamic fundamentalism

hegemony = preponderant influence or authority over others, DOMINATION...seems to usually be the hegemony of nations over each other...

sclerotic = growing rigid or unresponsive with age, hardening. I knew this from sclerosis (arteriosclerosis, hardening of the arteries) as a medical term but then read it applied to Britain... comes from iddle English sclirosis = tumor and from Greek sklerosis, skleroun to harden

hypertrophic = excessive development of an organ or part, increased mass, exaggerated growth or complexity....I knew this also primarily as a medical term, but then read it describing suburban land development in the US...

hubris = from the Greek hybris (hy = too much prefix again) -- exaggerated pride or self confidence----the "techno-hubris" evident before the crash of tech stocks....
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