Ten Words from Today's NY Times - Jan. 23, 2013 10 words

  1. rebuke
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
    For Mr. Netanyahu, who entered the race an overwhelming favorite with no obvious challenger, the outcome was a humbling rebuke as his ticket lost seats in the new Parliament.
  2. novice
    someone new to a field or activity
    Over all, his conservative team came in first, but it was the center, led by the political novice Yair Lapid, 49, that emerged newly invigorated, suggesting that at the very least Israel’s rightward tilt may be stalled.
  3. resonate
    be received or understood
    Mr. Lapid, a telegenic celebrity whose father made a splash with his own short-lived centrist party a decade ago, ran a campaign that resonated with the middle class.
  4. antagonize
    provoke the hostility of
    Perhaps as important, he also avoided antagonizing the right, having not emphasized traditional issues of the left, like the peace process.
  5. bulwark
    an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
    President Obama’s aggressive Inaugural Address on Monday presented Congressional Republicans with a stark choice over the next two years: accommodate the president’s agenda on immigration, guns, energy and social programs and hope to take the liberal edge off issues dictated by the White House, or dig in as the last bulwark against a re-elected Democratic president and accept the political risks of that hard-line stance.
  6. impasse
    a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
    Even in the budget impasses that forced spending cuts sought by conservatives, the Republicans’ ultimate goals — changes to entitlement programs and the tax code — have been out of reach.
  7. nomad
    a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons
    The Algerian Army escorted the workers anytime they left the sprawling compound, to and from the airport or as they headed to distant wells where they sometimes saw nomads crossing the desert on camels.
  8. expatriate
    a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
    Now energy companies’ use of these far-flung outposts staffed by expatriates is being scrutinized as never before.
  9. infrastructure
    the basic structure or features of a system or organization
    “This attack is highlighting in a ghastly way the security concerns around the global energy infrastructure on which the world depends,” the oil historian Daniel Yergin said.
  10. cloister
    seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister
    To keep their cloistered workers focused, companies often splurge on such amenities as swimming pools in the desert (In Amenas has one), steaks for lunch and air-conditioned gyms.