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Vocabulary Unit 9

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accelerate
(v.) to speed up, cause to move faster; to bring about more quickly
bystander
(n.) one who looks on or observes, a person present but not taking part
canvass
(v.) to go through an area in order to procure votes, sales, or opinions; to go over in detail; to discuss
casual
(adj.) happening by chance or on an irregular basis; showing little concern; informal
downtrodden
(adj.) treated unfairly and cruelly, oppressed
entice
(v.) to attract, tempt
erode
(v.) to wear away gradually, eat away
flounder
(v.) to thrash about in a clumsy or ineffective way
graphic
(adj.) lifelike, vivid; relating to the pictorial arts
gruesome
(adj.) horrible, revolting, ghastly
melancholy
(adj.) sad, gloomy, unhappy; (n.) sadness, gloominess
ordeal
(n.) a difficult or painful experience, a trial
parch
(v.) to make dry and thirsty; to shrivel up with heat
persist
(v.) to continue steadily in a course of action, refuse to stop or be changed; to last, remain
puny
(adj.) of less than normal strength or size; of no importance
quibble
(v.) to evade or belittle a point by twisting words or raising minor objections; (n.) a petty objection
ratify
(v.) to approve, give formal approval to, confirm
regal
(adj.) royal, kinglike; fit for a king
stifle
(v.) to smother, prevent from breathing; to hold back or choke off
vital
(adj.) having life, living; necessary to life, essential; key, crucial