The Graduate Glossary

The Graduate Glossary

half-baked

not fully thought through

Punk

a worthless person

Agitator

troublemaker

Grudge

persistent feeling of ill will

Resentment

bitterness

Contempt

a deep hatred

Seduce

to attract someone

inadequate

Deficient and lacking; insufficient.

infidelity

Disloyal and lacking in faith.

degenerate

Perverted, decadent and immoral; the person who is engaging in degenerate activities.

compulsion

An uncontrollable impulse.

congenial

Friendly and agreeable.

fraternity

An invitation-only membership for male students attending college.

endeavor

Undertake to accomplish something, usually a difficult or impressive task.

neurotic

An elevated state of anxiety characterized by irrational fears and unexplained obsessions.

nightcap

A final cocktail before retiring for the evening.

sow wild oats

Engaging in promiscuous activity before settling down to a monogamous relationship.

suave

A projection of sophisticated charm.

absurd

Something so incongruous with expectations as to be ridiculous.

ambiguous

Lacking a definite meaning because more than one interpretation might be apply.

tenement

Inexpensive public housing; usually conveying a sense of being broken down and in need of repair.

cambric

A very fine white fabric for making shirts.

descent

A long, slow movement downward.

alienated

A sense of being disconnected; emotionally detached.

elite

A class above the commonplace characterized by privilege and influence not extended to those below.

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