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15 terms

9th grade vocabulary quiz #17

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maverick
an independent person
esoteric
known or understood only by a select few
undermine
to weaken gradually; to injure or destroy secretly or underhandedly; to dig beneath or wear away from under
alleviate
to relieve; to lessen or make more bearable (pain, evil, suffering)
bacchanal, bacchanalia
wild, drunken party
hedonist
one who lives only for pleasure
nihilist
one who rejects all moral, traditional, and religious values, practices, and institutions
somnolent
sleepy, drowsy; causing sleep
diatribe
violent, angry, bitter attack in words
tribulation
great suffering, misery, or distress
avert
to turn away; pervert
divert
to turn aside from a purpose, course, path; distract; amuse
subvert
to overthrow (something established); to undermine
revert
to return to a former condition
vertigo
dizziness