Vocabulary Power Plus Vocabulary, Reading, and Writing Exercises for Higher Achievement — Book H, Lesson Six

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anthology

a collection of short stories, poems, or plays

alleviate

to make more bearable; to ease

conciliatory

soothing to anger or distrust

diminution

a lessening or a decrease

esoteric

understood by or meant for only a small group

grit

tiny grains of sand or stone; determination and courage; to clench together, as teeth

ludicrous

humorously absurd and nonsensical

menial

tedious and requiring little skill

phosphorescence

continuous emission of light from a substance requiring neither heat nor sustained exposure to radiation

pessimistic

expecting only the worst or most negative outcome

ransack

to rummage and steal

salvo

a simultaneous discharge of guns or cannons, or an outburst resembling such a discharge

tentative

not definite or permanent

vicarious

felt as though experienced first hand

yearn

to desire intensely, sometimes with sadness

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