Unit 8 (assigned 2/28/11)

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Western Humanities 4 a, b Reardon Salvo Welch

assurance

(n.) a pleadge; freedom from doubt, self-confidence

asylum

(n.) an institution for the care of children, elderly people, etc.; a place of safety.

console

(v.) to comfort; (n.) the keyboard of an organ; a control panel for an electrical or mechanical device.

dilate

(v.) to make or become larger or wider; to expand upon

dross

(n.) refuse, waste products

dwindle

(v.) to lessen, diminish

flippant

(adj.) lacking in seriousness; disrespectful, saucy

immunity

(n.) resistance to disease; freedom from some charge or obligation

institute

(v.) to establish, to set up; (n.) an organization for the promotion of learning

liability

(n.) a debt; something disadvantageous

preposterous

(adj.) ridiculous, senseless

pugnacious

(adj.) quarrelsome, fond of fighting

rabid

(adj.) furious, violently intense, unreasonably extreme; mad; infected with rabies

realm

(n.) a kingdom; a region or field of study

rejuvenate

(v.) to make young again; to make like new

remunerate

(v.) to reward, pay, reimburse

sparse

(adj.) meager, scant; scattered

sterling

(adj.) genuine, excellent; made of silver of standard fineness

venture

(n.) a risky or daring undertaking; (v.) to expose to danger; to dare

warp

(v.) to twist out of shape; (n.) an abnormality

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