PIECEMEAL

Adjective:

  • Made or done in pieces or one stage at a time. [W]

Do we combine the characteristics of an object in a piecemeal way in perception—

WIDE-AWAKE

Adjective:

  • alert, vigilant or watchful

[W]

LEITMOTIF

Noun:

  • A recurring theme. [W]

Indeed, it is this intergroup nature of prejudice which really forms the leitmotif for the whole book.

METE

Noun:

  • A boundary or other limit; a boundary-marker; mere.

[W]

BEELINE

Noun:

  • A very direct or quick path or trip. [W]

We all made a beeline for the toy aisle, but that path led through the section of greeting cards and books.' [X]

CHARGE

Noun:

  • The scope of someone’s responsibility.
  • Someone or something entrusted to one’s care, such as a child to a babysitter or a student to a teacher. [W]

The child was a charge of the nanny.’

CUPIDITY

Noun:

  • Extreme greed, especially for wealth.

[W]

ONUS

Noun:

While it might be somewhat helpful on the part of the writer to define particularly uncommon words or technical jargon, the onus is on the reader to understand the text.' [X]

ANTEBELLUM

Noun:

  • Of the time period prior to a war.
  • In the United States of America, of the period prior to the American Civil War, especially in reference to the culture of the southern states. [W]

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.' [X]

VALIANT

Adjective:

  • Showing courage or determination; heroic. [W]

Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.' [X]

TO DAWDLE

Verb:

  • To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.
  • To spend (time) without haste or purpose.
  • To move or walk lackadaisically. (Not that relevant to the context but, you know, lackadaisically, such a great word.)

[W]

Given that, if you do want to go, you may not want to dawdle.' [X]

TO PILFER

Verb:

  • To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practise petty theft. [W]

Hackers pilfer credit card data from Neiman Marcus customers' [X]

SULLEN

Adjective:

It’s not just an attractive advertising demographic that Facebook is losing as teens take their mercurial attention elsewhere in sullen search of what’s cool.’ [X]

DOCKET

Noun:

  • A short entry of the proceedings of a court; the register containing them; the office containing the register.
  • An agenda of things to be done.

[W]

The exhibit containing this offer has not been uploaded to the court’s docket yet.' [X]

PICAYUNE

Noun:

  • Something trivial. [M-W]

Some federal laws appear picayune.' [X]