unit 9 vocab 7th grade

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accelerate

to speed up, cause to move faster; to bring about more quickly

bystander

one who looks on or observes, a person present but not taking part

canvass

to go through an area in order to procure votes, sales, or opinions; to go over in detail

casual

happening by chance or on an irregular basis; showing little concern

downtrodden

treated unfairly and cruelly, oppressed

entice

to attract, attempt

erode

to wear away gradually, eat away

flounder

to thrash about in a clumsy or ineffective way

graphic

lifelike, vivid; relating to the pictorial arts

gruesome

horrible, revolting, ghastly

melancholy

sad, gloomy, unhappy, sadness

ordeal

a difficult or painful experience, a trial

parch

to make dry and thirsty; to shrivel with heat

persist

to continue steadily in a course of action, refuse to stop or be changed; to last, remain

puny

of less than normal strength or size; of no importance

quibble

to evade or belittle a point by twisting words or raising minor objections

ratify

to approve, give formal approval to

regal

royal, kinglike; fit for a king

stifle

to smother, prevent from breathing; to hold back or choke off

vital

having life, living; necessary to life, essential; key, crucial

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