Oleanna Glossary

Oleanna Glossary

tenure

a permanent post, especially as a teacher or professor

easement

a right to pass through or use someone else’s land for a particular purpose

term of art

a word or phrase with a specific meaning in a given field that has acquired a different meaning through common usage

broach

to bring forward a subject (or a difficult topic) for discussion or debate

obeisance

an expression or gesture of deep respect

standstill

a situation or condition in which there is no activity

verbiage

speech or writing that contains too many words or technical language

index

a pointer, an indicator

hazing

series of rituals, practices and tasks that are often humiliating or abusive required for training and initiation

expenditure

the act of spending or using up

article of faith

a firmly held belief

predilection

a preference or bias for something; a tendency to favor something

dictum

statement that expresses a general truth or principle

unassailable

unable to be attacked, questioned or defeated; impossible to dispute

espouse

adopt or support, become attached to

automaton

a person who acts in a monotonous or routine manner

to err

to make a mistake or misjudgement

gratuitously

given or obtained without charge or payment; unearned

pedantic

characterized by a concern for academic knowledge, formal rules and details

paradigm

a model or a typical, standard example

self-aggrandizing

exaggerating one’s own importance or power

countenance

to support

impinge

to influence, especially negatively

indictment

a formal charge or accusation

bill of particulars

a detailed and formal statement of charges

negligent

failing to take proper care in one’s actions; irresponsible, careless

recant

to revoke an opinion or belief

transpire

to occur or happen

prerogative

an exclusive right or privilege exercised by rank or post

maverick

an unorthodox or independent-minded person

selfsame

exactly the same

capricious

impulsive, unpredictable, whimsy

tinge

a slight added element, property or influence

statute

a written law passed by a legislative body

battery

the unlawful or unwanted touching or striking of someone

cower

to crouch down in fear

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