July Vocabulary


FormulaicExpressed as formula: having the nature of or expressed in terms of a formula; unoriginal and reliant on previous models or ideas.


CorporealConcerning the physical body: relating to or involving the physical body rather than the mind or spirit. Material or physical rather than spiritual.

Carcinogen Cancer-causing substance or agent: a substance or agent that can cause cancer. Radiation and some chemicals and viruses are carcinogens.

Heterotrophic Getting nutrients through food digestion: obtaining nourishment by digesting plant or animal matter, as animals do, as opposed to photosynthesizing food, as plants do.

Irony Humor based on opposites: humor based on using words to suggest the opposite of their literal meaning. Something humorous based on contradiction: something said or written that uses humor based on words suggesting the opposite of their literal meaning. Incongruity: incongruity between what actually happens and what might be expected to happen, especially when this disparity seems absurd or laughable.


Freudian Slip – Psychologically significant slip of tongue: an accidental mistake, usually the use of the wrong word in a sentence, thought to betray somebody’s subconscious preoccupations.

Namaste – Indian gesture of greeting: a polite bow of greeting or farewell used by Hindus, made with the hands held at chest height and both palms pressed together.

De Facto – A Latin expression that means “concerning fact.” In law, it often means “in practice but not necessarily ordained by law.”

Illicit – Illegal: not allowed by the law; unacceptable by prevailing social standards: considered wrong or unacceptable by prevailing social customs or standards.

Incursion – Raid: a brief, hostile, and usually sudden invasion of somebody’s territory. Unwelcome intrusion: the act of flowing, running, or intruding into something, usually with unpleasant or damaging effects

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