15 terms

Vocab from Classical Roots Lesson 5

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bas-relief
Sculpture whose ornament or figures are somewhat raised above the background
debase
To lower in quality, value, or dignity; to degrade
declivity
A downward slope; the slope of a hill
proclivity
A natural inclination or tendency
leaven
A substance like yeast or a small amount of fermented dough that causes dough to expand or rise
legerdemain
Sleight of hand; magic tricks
leverage
The action of a lever that raises or lifts
levitate
To rise or float, or cause to rise, seemingly despite gravity
levity
Lightness in speech or behavior, especially unbecoming jocularity; frivolity
penchant
A strong inclination or liking
ponderous
Extremely heavy; massive
imponderable
Unable to be assessed or measured precisely
preponderant
Superior in number, force, power, or importance
echelon
A step-like formation of troops, ships, or aircraft
transcendent
Going beyond the limits of ordinary experience