"Speak" Study Guide

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vocabulary

demerit

a mark against someone for misconduct

inconspicuous

not noticeable: invisible

wan

dark, gloomy, pale in color, sickly, unhappy

degrading

to bring to low esteem or into disrepute

psuedo

pretend, fake, false

errant

straying from the right course

indoctrination

teaching someone to accept an idea or principle without critisism

burrow

a hole or hideout animals use to take shelter, a hideout

sanctuary

a sacred place offering refuge or safety

refurbished

to brighten, freshen, or polish up again, renovate

spastic

of, relating to, characterized by, or affected with or as if with spasm

xenophobic

unreasonable fear or hatred or foreigners

bleak

lacking in warmth, life, or kindliness

abysmal

wretched to the point of despair, immeasurably bad

demure

affectedly modest, reserved, or serious

alliteration

occurence of a first letter/sound in a row

assonance

repetition of a vowel sound in nonrhyming, stressed sylables

onomatopoeia

word associated with a sound

imagery

visually descriptive/figurative language

mataphor

simile (comparison) without using "like" or "as"

simile

comparison using "like" or "as"

hypebole

exaggerated statements or claims

personification

human qualities given to nonhuman things

allusion

making a reference to something (music, people, etc.)

symbol

something that represents something else

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