asymmetries Definition Lack of harmony and balance Example There are many asymmetries in the working world of women and of men; for example, women tend to receive twenty percent less than a man given the same job.
status Definition Position or rank; one’s standing in relation to others. Example Jimmy deplored his status at middle school where he had to sit alone at the lunch table and where he was treated like dirt.
paradox Definition A situation that may seem to be contradictory, but in fact is or may be true. Example Amy swore that , although it was a paradox, if you want a man, you should pretend you don’t.
framed Definition Placed within a context Example Every message should be looked at within the frame of its context.
implicit Definition Not directly stated Example Implicit is the opposite of explicit. Although she never stated her interest, She sent implicit messages by batting her eyelashes.
theoretically Definition based on theory, hypothetical Example Theoretically, if something goes up, it must come down.
gestures Definition movements Example You can communicate with spoken words, written symbols, facial expression, and gestures.
mundane Definition Ordinary; every day Example Eating and getting dressed are two mundane activities that seldom appear in short stories.
distinct Definition unique Example Janet’s perfume was so distinct that people could identify her as readily by the smell as by sight or by her voice.
depression Definition gloominess Example After her mother passed away, Erica suffered from severe depression and began drinking heavily.
toxic Definition poisonous Example Many household cleaners are toxic and should be kept away from children.
prolonged Definition Long-term; extended time Example Pete’s fear of commitment led to a prolonged engagement—5 years—before he finally consented to a date for the wedding.
psychotherapy Definition Mental treatment Example After his tour in Iraq, James suffered from nightmares and agreed to undergo psychotherapy.
nondurable Definition Unsturdy; not lasting Example Fruits and vegetables are nondurable goods because they go bad so quickly.
subordinate Definition inferior Example Patty is a mere line cook, subordinate to the chef, the kitchen manager, and the restaurant manager. She is their subordinate.
continuity Definition Connection; sameness Example For continuity’s sake, Karen used similar colors in her dining room and living room.
repression Definition putting down Intimidation Example Protesters all over the world fear police repression and brutlity
tumultuously Definition In a Disorderly or noisy manner Example The crowd shouted and danced tumultuously when the headliners came to the stage playing their number one hit.
vacant Definition Empty Example Her vacant expression showed her lack of knowledge.
trivial Definition Unimportant Example Despite her father dismissing her art as trivial, Star intended to make it her career.
bitter Definition Acrimonious Harsh and unpleasant taste Example The woman was bitter toward all men after the nasty break-up.
impulse Definition Urge Example This woman has a problem with impulse buying.
elixir Definiton a sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste Any liquid mixture used to “cure” Example Happiness is the elixir of life.