American Literature and Composition Unit 2 vocabulary

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BHS Sweeney 2012

ameliorate

v. to improve, amend, make better

aplomb

n. poise, assurance, composture

bombastic

adj. pompous, inflated, overblown in language

callow

adj. without experience, raw, not fully developed

drivel

n. saliva flowing from the mouth, foolish. v. to let saliva flow from mouth, slaver

epitome

n. summary, model

exhort

v. to urge strongly, implore

ex officio

adj., adv. by virtue of holding a certain office

infringe

v. to violate, encroach, intrude

ingratiate

v. to cozy up to, curry favor with

interloper

n. an intruder, trespasser

intrinsic

adj. essential, inherent, organic

inveigh

v. express strong disapproval, rail

lassitude

n. lack of energy, fatigue

millennium

n. a period of one thousand years or great joy

occult

adj. mysterious, magical, supernatural

permeate

v. to spread through, penetrate

precipitate

v. to cause or bring about suddenly, provoke. n. moisture. adj. reckless

stringent

adj. strict, severe, tough, urgent

surmise

v. to guess, to think, infer. n. inference

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