Foreign Words and Phrases

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The English meanings given below are not necessarily literal translations. ad absurdum (ad ab-sir'dum) [Lat.]: to the point of absurdity. “He tediously repeated his argument ad absurdum.”ad infinitum-(ad in-fun-eye'tum) [Lat.]: to infinity. “The lecture seemed to drone on ad infinitum.” ad nauseam-(ad noz'ee-um) [Lat.]: to a sickening degree.

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Foreign Words and Phrases1The English meanings given below are not necessarily literal translations.ad absurdum(ad ab-sir'dum) [Lat.]: to the point of absurdity. He tediously repeated his argument ad absurdum.ad infinitum(ad in-fun-eye'tum) [Lat.]: to infinity. The lecture seemed to drone on ad infinitum.ad nauseam(ad noz'ee-um) [Lat.]: to a sickening degree. The politician uttered one platitude after another ad nauseam.aficionado(uh-fish'ya-nah'doh) [Span.]: an ardent devotee. I was surprised at what a baseball aficionado she had become.angst (angkst) [Ger.]: dread and anxiety. Sylvia's teenage angst was nothing compared to the parental angst experienced by the two individuals whose duty it was to raise her.annus mirabilis(an'us muh-ra'buh-lis) [Lat.]: wonderful year. Last year was the annus mirabilis for my company.a priori(ah pree-or'ee) [Lat.]: based on theory rather than observation. The fact that their house is in such disrepair suggests a priori that they are having financial difficulties.au courant(oh' koo-rahn') [Fr.]: up-to-date. The shoes, the hair, the clothesevery last detail of her dress, in factwas utterly au courant.beau geste(boh zhest') [Fr.]: a fine or noble gesture, often futile. My fellow writers supported me by writing letters of protest to the publisher, but their beau geste could not prevent the inevitable.beau monde(boh' mond') [Fr.]: high society. Such elegant deco

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