Level H Unit 5 Vocabulary

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Aficionado

(n.) an enthusiastic and usually expert follower or fan

s: devotee, enthusiast

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Browbeat

(v.) to intimidate by a stern or overbearing manner; to bully

s: cow, coerce a: cajole, coax, wheedle, sweet-talk

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Commensurate

(adj.) equal in size, extent, duration, or importance; proportionate; measurable by the same standards

s: comparable, corresponding, coordinate

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Diaphanous

(adj.) very sheer and light; almost completely transparent

s: translucent, gossamer a: opaque, dense

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Emolument

(n.) profit derived from an office or position or from employment; a fee or salary

s: pay, wages

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Foray

(n.) a quick raid, especially for plunder; a venture into some field of endeavor; (v.) to make such a raid

s: (n.) sally, sortie a: (n.) retreat

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Genre

(n.) a type, class, or variety, especially a distinctive category of literary composition; a style of painting in which everyday scenes are realistically depicted

s: species, sort, school

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Homily

(n.) a sermon stressing moral principles; a tedious moralizing lecture or discourse

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Immure

(v.) to enclose or confine within walls; to imprison; to seclude or isolate

s: mew up a: release, liberate, emancipate

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Matrix

(n.) a mold; the surrounding situation or environment

s: pattern, model

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Insouciant

(adj.) blithely indifferent or unconcerned; carefree; happy-go-lucky

s: blase, devil-may-care a:worried, careworn, agitated, distraught

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Obsequies

(n.) funeral rites or ceremonies

s: funeral services

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Panache

(n.) a confident and stylish manner, dash; a strikingly elaborate or colorful display

s: style, verve, elan, eclat

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Persona

(n.) a character in a novel or play; the outward character or role that a person assumes

s: personality, image, role

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Philippic

(n.) a bitter verbal attack

s: harangue, diatribe a: encomium, panegyric

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Prurient

(adj.) having lustful desires or interests; tending to arouse sexual desires

s: lascivious, lewd, titillating a: prudish, demure

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Sacrosanct

(adj.) very sacred or holy; inviolable; set apart or immune from questioning or attack

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Systemic

(adj.) of or pertaining to the entire body; relating to a system or systems

s: extensive, comprehensive, system-wide a: specific, isolated, confined, localized

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Tendentious

(adj.) intended to promote a particular point of view, doctrine or cause; biased or partisan

s: partial a: fair, equitable, disinterested

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Vicissitude

(n.) a change, variation, or alteration; (pl.) successive or changing phases or conditions

s: fluctuation, vacillation a: sameness, evenness

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