Ten Words from Today's NY Times - Nov. 28, 2012

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  1. acute
    extremely sharp or intense
    “The state’s economic recovery, prior budget cuts and the additional, temporary taxes provided by Proposition 30 have combined to bring California to a promising moment: the possible end of a decade of acute state budget challenges,” the report said.
  2. harbinger
    something indicating the approach of something or someone
    Economists say the turnaround, should it continue, is a positive harbinger for the nation, given the size and diversity of the state’s economy.
  3. incipient
    only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
    Economists said they were spotting many signs of incipient growth, including a surge in rental costs in the Bay Area, which suggests an influx of people looking for jobs.
  4. demarcation
    a conceptual separation or distinction
    He said that the recovery was creating regional lines of economic demarcation — “We are going to see a more and more polarized state,” he said — but that over all, California was emerging from the recession.
  5. conciliatory
    making or willing to make concessions
    Susan E. Rice may have hoped that paying a conciliatory call on three hostile Senate Republicans on Tuesday would smooth over a festering dispute about the deadly attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and clear a roadblock to her nomination as secretary of state.
  6. mollify
    cause to be more favorably inclined
    But the senators seemed anything but mollified, signaling instead that they would still oppose Ms. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, if she is nominated by President Obama, even after she conceded errors in the account of the assault she gave on Sunday morning television programs shortly after it occurred in September.
  7. vociferous
    conspicuously and offensively loud
    It is difficult to gauge whether the opposition of the three Republicans, however vociferous, would be enough to derail Ms. Rice’s chances for the secretary of state post.
  8. woo
    seek someone's favor
    MoMA made a concerted effort to woo the work’s owners, the children of the New York art dealer Ileana Sonnabend, who died in 2007.
  9. audacious
    disposed to venture or take risks
    If the Met had won, the new space would perhaps have been the showcase for “Canyon,” an audacious combination of personal photographs, cardboard, wood, fabric, paint, string, a pillow and a stuffed bald eagle on canvas that helped redraw the bounds of postwar art.
  10. migratory
    (of animals) moving seasonally
    Like all bald eagles, alive or dead, the one in “Canyon” is covered by two laws, the 1940 Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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