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For the Vocabulary Workshop brand at Level H Vocab unit 2

aegis

(n.) protection, patronage

apprise

(v.) to inform, make aware by verbal notice

bibulous

(adj.) fond of drinking

claque

(n.) a group of people hired to applaud a preformer; enthusiastic admirers, an opera hat

deracinate

(v.) to pull up by the roots; uproot; remove all traces of

eleemosynary

(adj.) charitable; dependent on charity

indigenous

(adj.) originating in one nation; native

lachrymose

(adj.) causing to shed tears; mournful

lexicon

(n.) a dictionary or language; special vocabulary to a person

melee

(n.) a confused struggle; a violent free-for-all

microcosm

(n.) a miniature world or universe; a group viewed as a model for a larger group

minuscule

(adj.) very small; tiny (n.) a lowercase letter

obfuscate

(v.) to darken, obscure, or confuse

paternalism

(n.) the policy of treating government or its people in the manner of a father to his children

polarize

(v.) to cause concentration around two opposing positions; to split, divide

purview

(n.) the range or scope of something; in law, the extent of what is provided in a statute

sanguine

(adj.) having a naturally cheerful, optimistic outlook

solecism

(n.) blunder in grammer; misuse of words

vassal

(n.) person under the protection of a feudal lord; a servant

verisimilitude

(n.) the quality of appearing to be true

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