Definition Essay

Definition Essay

Paragraph 1: Definition
To begin the assignment, look at the following list of words. You will need to choose one of
them for your definition paragraph:

bravado trefoil nonagenarian raconteur
carcinogen fleur de lis malapropism vicissitude
narcissism hubris oxymoron talisman
caduceus hansom numismatics peccadillo
phlebotomist conestoga triskaidekaphobia augury
finial bandoleer polyglot cacophony
scimitar parsimony xenophobia neophyte
samovar kismet juju maelstrom
philatelist malediction legerdemain coulrophobia
termagant faux pas circumlocution adage
curmudgeon

aspersion gourmand
nepotism

Prompt
Part A. Go to Dictionary.com to complete this part of the assignment. Begin by looking up your
chosen word. Copy and paste the following information for the word:
1) The word
2) Its pronunciation
3) Its part of speech
4) Its word origin
5) All its definitions

Part B. Write an extended definition for the word using your skills of connotation. Write a one
full-page definition of your chosen word. Don’t forget to give your writing an original title. Your
audience is your college English professor. You will turn in Parts A, B, and C of your definition
assignment with a page break between each page but all as one document.
You may describe, narrate and/or explain the term. You do not have to use the word in your
definition paragraph. In fact, the reader should be able to figure out which word you have
chosen based upon the details you have provided. However, this is not a guessing game. The
reader should not be clueless about what word is being defined.

Part C. Create an MLA-style Works Cited page using the following Purdue OWL example as the
correct format:
“Arachnophobia”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 2 Nov. 2016.
<Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/browse/arachnophobia>.

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