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Holt Vocabulary Fifth Series - Lesson 1 - Eleventh grade

vernacular

n: everyday or informal language; native language

rhetorical

adj: effective use of words designed to be impressive, showy, and oratorical

provocative

adj: stimulating; pushing or tending toward action, thought, or strong feeling

to accentuate

v: to emphasize; to heighten the effect of; to pronounce or mark with an accent

intricacy

n: condition or state of being complex, involved, or detailed; elaborateness

introspective

adj: given to examination of one's own thoughts and feelings; contemplative

felicitous

adj: well chosen for the occasion; appropriate; apt

to usurp

v: to take by force, wrongfully, or without rights

comprehensive

adj: of wide scope; inclusive; thorough

ambiguous

adj: uncertain; vague; unclear; having more than one possible meaning

rhetoric

n: The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively

to provoke

v: To incite to anger or resentment; To stir to action or feeling; To give rise to; evoke: provoke laughter; To bring about deliberately; induce: provoke a fight.

provocation

n: something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action

provocateur

n: a secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts

intricate

adj: having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate

introspection

n: Contemplation of one's own thoughts, feelings, and sensations; self-examination

usurper

n: one who wrongfully or illegally seizes and holds the place of another

usurpation

n: The act of usurping, especially the wrongful seizure of royal sovereignty; a wrongful seizure or exercise of authority or privilege belonging to another; an encroachment

ambiguity

n: Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation

rhetor

n: a teacher of rhetoric; an orator.

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