Unit 2 - ELA Vocabulary

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ameliorate

to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming.

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aplomb

poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity.

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bombastic

pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to a conceal a lack of ideas.

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callow

without experience; immature, not fully developed; without feathers.

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drivel

saliva or mucus; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly.

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epitome

a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality.

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exhort

to urge strongly, advice earnestly.

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ex officio

by virtue of holding a certain office.

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infringe

to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds.

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ingratiate

to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others.

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interloper

one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder.

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intrinsic

belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part.

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inveigh

to make a violent attack in words, expressing strong disapproval.

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lassitude

weariness of body or mind, lack of energy.

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occult

mysterious, magical, supernatural

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permeate

to spread through, penetrate, soak through.

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precipitate

to spread through, penetrate soak through

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stringent

strict, severe; rigorously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste.

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surmise

to think or believe without certain supporting evidence to conjecture or guess

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millennium

a period of one thousand years

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