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Sadlier-Oxford Vocab Level H Unit 2

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Aegis
(n.) protection; patronage; sponsorship
Apprise
(v.) to inform of; to make aware of by giving oral or written notice
Bibulous
(adj.) fond of or inclined to drink; absorbent
Claque
(n.) a group of people hired to applaud a performer or performance; enthusiastic or fawning admirers; an opera hat
Deracinate
(v.) to pull up by the roots; to root out, uproot, or dislocate; to eliminate all traces of
Eleemosynary
(adj.) charitable; dependent upon or supported by charity; derived from or provided by charity
Indigenous
(adj.) originating in the country or region where found, native; inborn; inherent
Lachrymose
(adj.) given to tears or weeping; causing to shed tears; mournful, lugubrious
Lexicon
(n.) a dictionary of a language; the special vocabulary of a person, group, or subject; a compendium
Melee
(n.) a confused struggle; a violent free-for-all; a tumultuous mingling.
microcosm
(n.) a miniature world or universe; a group or system viewed as the model of a larger group or system.
Minuscule
(adj.) very small, tiny; (n.) a lowercase letter
Obfuscate
(v.) to darken or obscure; to confuse or bewilder
Paternalism
(n.) the policy or practice of treating or governing people in the manner of a father dealing with his children
Polarize
(v.) to cause or concentrate around two conflicting or contrasting positions; to cause light to vibrate in a pattern.
Purview
(n.) the range, extent, or scope of something; in law, the scope or limit of what is provided in a statute
Sanguine
(adj.) having a ruddy complexion; of a naturally cheerful, confident, or optimistic outlook
Solecism
(n.) a substandard or ungrammatical usage; a breach of etiquette; any impropriety or mistake
Vassal
(n.) a person under the protection of a feudal lord to whom he or she owes allegiance; a subordinate or dependent; a servant; (adj.) subservient
Verisimilitude
(n.) the quality of appearing to be true, real, likely, or probable