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vocab1 (Talmage vocabulary words) *

The unique vocabulary found in Jesus The Christ, by Elder James E. Talmage


Elder James E. Talmage, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wrote his landmark book, Jesus The Christ, in the early part of the 20th Century.  Of this work he said, “The spirit of the sacredness inherent in the subject has been a constant companion of the writer throughout his pleasing labor, and he reverently invokes the same as a minister to the readers of the volume.”  He wrote much of the text in a designated room in the Salt Lake Temple.  Elder Talmage’s broad command of and native fluency in the English language is a wonderful part of the experience of reading this book, and words not commonly used in everyday language are to be found on almost every page.  I have listed many of them below, to the edification and education of all.  The definition is followed by two numbers, the first being the page number and the second being the line number where the word is used; for example “appellation – a name or title (35,26)” means that the word appellation is found on page 35, line 26.


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  • absolve – set or declare someone free from blame, guilt, or responsibility; exonerate  (31, 31)
  • abject –  experienced or present to the maximum degree, usually of something bad  (105, 35)
  • aggrandize – increase the power, status, or wealth of; enhance the reputation of someone beyond what is justified by facts  (7, 25)
  • aggrandizement – the act of enlarging or expanding something’s power or status  (64, 24)
  • antecedent – a preceding circumstance, event, object, style, phenomenon, etc.  (58, 24)
  • antediluvial – of or belonging to the time before the biblical Flood  (32, 8)
  • ante-meridian – before the time of Christ  (52, 25)
  • antemortal – referring to the period of time before mortal existence on earth  (32, 2)
  • antipathy – a deep-seated feeling of dislike; aversion  (68, 8)
  • appellation – a name or title  (35, 26; 65:2)
  • ascetic – characterized by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons  (68, 1)
  • assiduously – with great care and perseverance  (87, 7)
  • attestation –  a declaration, testimony, or evidence  (53, 1)
  • august – respected and impressive  (9, 7)
  • aver – state or assert to be the case  (67, 10)

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  • behest – an earnest or strongly worded request, a command  (64, 1)
  • benighted – intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened  (56, 13)
  • brevity – concise and exact use of words in writing or speech  (111, 13)

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  • captious – tending to find fault or raise petty objections  (37, 18)
  • congruous – in agreement or harmony  (iii, Preface, 15)
  • conjecture – an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information  (108, 23)
  • connivance – willingness to secretly allow or be involved in wrongdoing, especially an immoral or illegal act  (106, 43)
  • consanguinity – relating to or denoting people descended from the same ancestor  (89, 15)
  • consort – a wife, husband, or companion  (30, 37)
  • consummate – complete a transaction, an effort, or an attempt; make perfect; make whole  (31, 21)
  • consummation – the completion of a transaction, an effort, or an attempt  (45, 32)
  • contemn – treat or regard with contempt or disdain  (30, 10; 62, 7)
  • conviviality – the quality of being friendly and lively; friendliness  (   ,    )

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  • dalliance – trifling away of time, dawdling  (61, 33)
  • dearth – a scarcity or lack of something  (9, 34)
  • dereliction – deterioration, ruin, dilapidation  (29, 11)
  • desecrate – to treat a sacred place or thing with violent disrespect; to violate  (3, 29)
  • discordant – characterized by quarreling and conflict, a lack of harmony  (109, 25)
  • dissolution – the act of separating into component parts  (28, 7)
  • divergent – tending to be different or develop in different directions  (102, 15)

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  • exactitude – the quality of being accurate or correct; precision  (95, 10)
  • exigency – an urgent need or demand  (105, 37)
  • expiatory – making amends or reparation for guilt or wrongdoing; atonement  (21, 30; 45, 20)
  • expositor – a person or thing that explains complicated ideas or theories   (85,16)
  • extant – still in existence; surviving   (99, 21)

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  • germane – relevant to a subject under consideration  (6, 9)

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  • haughty – arrogantly superior and disdainful  (87, 12)
  • historicity – historical authenticity  (1, 11)
  • hoary – gray-haired, white-hairedsilver-hairedgrizzled  (20, 11)

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  • ignominious – deserving or causing public disgrace or shame  (20, 4)
  • illumined – lit up; brightened  (102, 4)
  • implacable – relentless; unstoppable; unforgiving, unsparing  (87, 1)
  • inalienable – unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor  (17, 7)
  • incisive – accurate and sharply focused  (33, 14)
  • inculcate – to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly   (62, 27)
  • ineffable – too great or too extreme to be expressed or described in words  (37, 23)
  • infinitesimally – extremely small  (29, 16)
  • insinuation – an unpleasant hint or suggestion of something bad  (87, 5)
  • insoluble – incapable of being solved or explained  (53, 38)
  • instanced – cite (a fact, case, etc.) as an instance or example  (32, 22)

M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M

  • machination – a plot or scheme  (20, 17)
  • mediation – intervention in a process or relationship; intercession  (26, 8)
  • misapprehend – misunderstand words, a person, a situation, etc.   (7, 27)

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  • novitiate – the period or state of being a novice, especially in a religious order  (67, 22)

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  • ostentatious – characterized by haughty or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice  (68, 12)

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  • paschal – relating to Easter or to the Jewish Passover  (45, 28)
  • pathos – a quality that evokes pity or sadness  (94, 26)
  • paucity – the presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity  (93, 2)
  • perfidy – deceitfulness; untrustworthiness  (100, 1)
  • portentous – ominous, done in such a way as to impress or warn  (19, 9; 51, 17)
  • preferment – promotion or appointment to a position or office  (37,12)
  • presage – to be a sign or a warning that something (typically something bad) will happen  (44, 23)
  • primeval – of or resembling the earliest ages in the history of the world  (4, 5; 111, 32))
  • primogeniture – the state of being the firstborn child  (86, 7)
  • promulgate – promote or make widely known an idea or a cause  (65, 15)
  • propitiation – the action of appeasing or satisfying a god, spirit, or person  (21, 13; 112, 6)
  • proscription – outlawry, interdiction, or prohibition  (60, 20)
  • puerile – childishly silly and trivial  (111, 7)

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  • replete – filled or well-supplied with something  (13, 17)
  • reprobate – morally depraved; unprincipled; bad  (62, 19; 110, 24)
  • repudiate – refuse to accept or be associated with; deny the truth or validity of  (86, 24)

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  • sacrilege – violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred  (87, 3)
  • sagacity – having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment; shrewd  (107, 8)
  • scrupulously – in a very careful and thorough way  (41, 37; 75, 25)
  • suzerainty – the domain or area subject to a suzerain, with suzerain being a sovereign or a state exercising political control over a dependent state  (64, 16)

T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T

  • tractate – a treatise, a written work dealing formally and systematically with a subject  (64, 6)
  • transitorily – temporarily  (27, 34)

U-U-U-U-U-U-U-U

  • unfilial – not having or showing the qualities associated with a son or daughter  (114, 30)
  • universality – the quality of involving or being shared by all people or things in the world or in a particular group  (24, 23)
  • unslaked – not quenched or satisfied  (107, 39)
  • upwelling – building up of emotion or gathering strength  (12, 9)

V-V-V-V-V-V-V-V

  • vagary – an unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone’s behavior   (85,14)
  • verity – a true principle or belief, especially one of fundamental importance; truth  (5, 22)
  • vindication – proof that someone or something is right, reasonable, or justified  (5, 17)
  • vindictiveness – having or showing a strong or unreasoning desire for revenge  (110, 26)

 


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