Megaton English 10 Word List

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Alliteration

The repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighboring words.

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Legacy

A gift by will, something handed down by an ancestor or predecessor.

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Mettle

Courage or Spirit.

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Mirth

Gladness or merriment usually accompanied by laughter.

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Muse

To ponder.

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Mutinous

Rebellious, unruly.

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Prodigious

Extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree, great in size, enormous.

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Prodigy

One with exceptional talents or powers; an extraordinary accomplishment.

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Prostration

A stretching out due to lacking vitality and being completely overcome.

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Replicate

To repeat, to copy, or to duplicate.

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alchemist

one who practices medieval chemistry or tries to change metals into gold

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allegory

The device of using character symbolically to represent an abstract idea.

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augury

an omen or prophecy

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baseness

the quality of lacking higher values

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bestow

to grant or to give

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conceit

An elaborate, fanciful metaphor

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confound

to cause one to become confused

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contaminant

something that causes impurity; something that defiles or pollutes

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covert

secret, concealed

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crave

to desire intensely

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enfranchise

to give or to bestow something such as the right to vote or citizenship

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exalt

to glorify, to praise, to raise in rank

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gravity

seriousness, importance

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grievous

characterized by severe suffering or sorrow, serious or grave

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hideous

very ugly, offensive, shocking

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homage

a reverential regard; respect shown by external action

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instigation

urging, provocation; initiation

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kindle

to start a fire, to stir up

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knotty

so complicated that it can probably not be solved; full of knots

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malefactor

criminal

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Rhetoric

The art of using words effectively in speaking or writing; inflated language

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Rout

To gouge out or to make a furrow in; to expel by force

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Soothsayer

A person who is able to predict the future

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Spurn

To reject or to refuse with hostility

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Sterile

Incapable of reproducing

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Taper

To decrease in thickness or width

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Tarry

To delay in coming or going

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Unassailable

Undisputable

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Vanquished

Conquered or overpowered

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Vouchsafe

To grant in a condescending manner

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altruistic

unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others, generous

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ambivalent

having contrary feelings or attitudes; uncertain to the course of action

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angular

lean, sharp-cornered, or gaunt

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aversion

strong disclination or disliking

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discern

to differentiate between 2 or more thing

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disdain

intense dislike, to treat with scorn or contempt, to reject as unworthy

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disparage

to degrade, to speak of someone or something in a derogatory manner

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disparity

inequality, the condition or fact of being unequal in age, rank, or degree

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syntax

the rules or patterns of grammatical sentences, sentence structure

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vulgarity

something offensive to good taste and refinement

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allusion

a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something

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embellish

to decorate, to make beautiful with ornamentation

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engender

to cause, to produce, to create

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innocuous

harmless, producing no injury

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insipid

boring and stupid

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laud

to praise, to extol

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obscure

difficult to see, vague

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osentatious

showy, pretentious

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prodigal

wasteful, a person given to extravagance

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repudiate

to reject, to disown, to disavow

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analogy

a partial similarity between like features of two different things

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antithesis

a direct opposite, a contrast

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ascend

to move upward, to rise from a lower station

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austere

strict, stern; unadorned, ascetic

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autonomous

independent, self-contained

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banal

common, ordinary, lacking freshness, hackneyed

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reticence

restraint in speech, reluctance to speak

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revere

to honor, to regard with respect

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subtle

delicate, elusive, not obvious

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superfluous

beyond what is needed or required, an overflow

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aphorism

a tense saying embodying a general truth

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benign

not causing harm, of gentle disposition, beneficial

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capricious

changing suddenly, fickle

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dawdle

to waste time, to spend time idly, to move in a lackadaisical manner

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defamation

act of harming or ruining another's reputation

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esoteric

understood only by a small group or a select few

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extol

to praise, to glorify

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fastidious

reflecting a meticulous or demanding attitude, critical to an extreme

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furtive

secret in an underhanded way, stealthy

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taciturn

quiet, not verbose

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abstruse

difficult to understand, recondite, concealed

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apostrophe

a figure of speech that addresses an imaginary or absent person

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gregarious

sociable and outgoing

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hypocrite

one who is insincere or deceitful

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