|Conjecture (cun-Jek-chur): noun -- a guess, usually an informed guess|
|In her paper, she made a conjecture about the origin of the human race.|
He is so well-known on Wall Street, everyone wants to know his conjectures about economic trends.
|Pedantic (pe-DAN-tic): adj - overly involved in rules or book-learning|
|I liked that book, but I thought it was a bit pedantic. At times, the author could have used everyday words rather than advanced vocabulary. |
After the professor's lecture, only one person asked questions. All of his questions were pedantic--few people even knew what was going on.
|Cosmopolitan (cahs-mō-PAH-li-tun): adj - urban, having to do with cities and contemporary times|
|After three years in New York, she has a very cosmopolitan look. |
When he spoke his cosmopolitan ideas in his hometown state, Alabama, many people were offended.
|Esoteric (e-sō-TE-ric): adj - intended for a small group, understood by few people|
|His latest book has to do with esoteric Old English literature. Only Old English scholars will be able to read it.|
I didn't want to join that esoteric group. They're too involved in a small set of ideas.
|Incontrovertible (in-kahn-tru-VER-di-bul): adj - undeniable, clearly known|
|The man might have been executed, but incontrovertible evidence came to light a week before his execution day.|
Now that she has won an academy award, her fame is incontrovertible.