Wednesday, May 04, 2011
cur·so·ry adj. Performed with haste and scant attention to detail
1. Marked by shame or disgrace: "It was an ignominious end ... as a desperate mutiny by a handful of soldiers blossomed into full-scale revolt" (Angus Deming).
2. Deserving disgrace or shame; despicable.
3. Degrading; debasing: "The young people huddled with their sodden gritty towels and ignominious goosebumps inside the gray-shingled bathhouse" (John Updike).
The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe
A)"El Toro never pushed beyond fifty-five miles per hour. But Luz had to admit, this was ignominious."
B)"The girl cut a cursory glance toward Margaret, who stayed back, frowning."
A chemical secreted by an animal, especially an insect, that influences the behavior or development of others of the same species, often functioning as an attractant of the opposite sex.
"The ant released a pheromone."