By Frank J. Wilstach
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VERBS abscond (ab-SKOND). To depart quickly and in secret, especially to avoid criminal charges. The bank robbers immediately ABSCONDED with the money to Mexico. circumvent (sir-kum-VENT). To avoid by means of artful contrivance; to maneuver around; bypass. In CIRCUMVENTING the will of the board of directors, the CEO knew he was taking a risk. eschew (ess-CHOO). To shun; to stay away from, especially as a result of moral or ethical concerns. Chuck ESCHEWED his coworkers’ nights out on the town, knowing they almost always concluded with a visit to a strip club.
Expressionism (ex-PRESH-uh-niz-um). An art movement with roots in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in which external forms of reality are distorted as a means of communicating an interior vision of the artist. For Edvard Munch, whose painting The Scream is perhaps the single most recognizable image of EXPRESSIONISM, the themes of isolation and anxiety were of paramount importance. futurism (FYOO-chur-iz-um). An early twentieth-century arts movement stressing the dynamics and movements of the industrial age.
Stigmatize (STIG-muh-tyz). To mark or describe something in a way that shows disgrace or strong disapproval. Many people with AIDS find that coping with the physical trauma of their disease is only part of their difficulty; another part is being STIGMATIZED by others as somehow deserving of punishment. See also: Help, Support 14. ; to dispute or contend something with or against another person. ADJECTIVES contentious (kuhn-TEN-shuss). Having the tendency to argue; quarrelsome; characterized by dispute or controversy.
A dictionary of similes by Frank J. Wilstach