Ten Words from Today's NY Times - Feb. 13, 2013 10 words

  1. prosperity
    the condition of prospering; having good fortune
    President Obama, seeking to put the prosperity and promise of the middle class at the heart of his second-term agenda, called on Congress on Tuesday night to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, saying that would lift millions out of poverty and energize the economy.
  2. tangible
    perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch
    The increase in the minimum wage, from $7.25 an hour now, was the most tangible of a raft of initiatives laid out by the president, from education and energy to public works projects.
  3. accelerate
    cause to move faster
    Taken together, Mr. Obama said, these investments would accelerate the nation’s recovery by helping those in the broad middle class.
  4. dignitary
    an important or influential (and often overbearing) person
    Mr. Obama took the podium after a rousing welcome from lawmakers and other dignitaries.
  5. implicitly
    without ever expressing so clearly
    Still, in selecting Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American from Florida, to deliver their party’s official rebuttal, Republicans implicitly acknowledged the damage they had suffered at the polls from their hard line stance on immigration.
  6. chastise
    censure severely
    In May, soon after the pope made an address on the priesthood, chastising those who sought to stretch the church’s rules and calling for “radical obedience,” Vatican gendarmes arrested Benedict’s butler on charges of theft after a tell-all book appeared, based on stolen confidential documents detailing profound mismanagement and corruption inside the Vatican.
  7. doctrine
    a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
    But after a seemingly endless series of scandals, the 85-year-old who so ably enforced doctrine for his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, seemingly came to understand that only a new pope, one with far greater energies than he, could lead a global church and clean house inside the hierarchy at its helm.
  8. jurisdiction
    in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
    The standoff drew scores of police officers and sheriff’s deputies from surrounding jurisdictions, led by the San Bernardino Sheriff-Coroner Department.
  9. boast
    speaking of yourself in superlatives
    Mr. Dorner, a former reservist in the Navy, had boasted about his sharpshooting and survival abilities.
  10. manifesto
    a public declaration of intentions (as issued by a political party or government)
    In a 6,000-word manifesto that Mr. Dorner published on his Facebook page, he complained that he had been dismissed wrongfully.