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English 10 Semester 2 Vocab Review

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Abolition
1) The act of officially ending or stopping something
Allude
1) Suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at
Articulate
1) Having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently
2) Able to express ideas clearly and effectively in speech or writing
Assert
1) State a fact or belief confidently and forcefully
2) Cause other to recognize (one's authority or right) by confident and forceful behavior
Beguile
1) To trick or deceive someone
2) To attract or interest someone
Chastise
1) To criticize someone harshly for doing something wrong
Cleave
1) To split or divide by as if by a cutting blow
2) To penetrate or pass through
3) To cut off
4) To adhere closely; stick (usually followed by "to)
Conjecture
1) The formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence or proof
Connote
1) (of a word) Imply or suggest (an idea or feeling) in addition to the literal or primary meaning
Defile
1) To make foul, dirty; pollute; taint
2) To violate the chastity of
Depravity
1) A very evil quality or way of behaving; an evil or immoral act; wickedness; moral corruption
2) A depraved act or condition
Dregs
1) Sediment contained in a liquid or precipitated from it
2) The most undesirable part (eg. the dregs of society)
Elevate
1) To move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up
Emancipation
1) To free someone from someone else's control or power
2) To free from any controlling influence
Evoke
1) Bring or recall (a feeling, memory, or image) to the conscious mind
Flout
1) To treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff and mock
2) Openly disregard (a rule, law, or convention)
Impel
1) To drive, force, or urge someone to do something
2) To cause someone to feel a strong need or desire to do something
Incoherent
1) Adjective (of spoken or written language) expressed in a incomprehensible or confusing way
Insurrection
1) A violent uprising against an authority or government
Juxtapose
1) To place (different things) side by side (as to compare them or contrast them or to create an interesting effect)
Lacerate
1) To tear roughly
2) To distress or torture mentally or emotionally
Lavish
1) Giving or using a large amount of something
2) Having a very rich and expensive quality
Maxim
1) A general truth, fundamental principle, or rule of conduct
Minion
1) A servile follower or subordinate of a person in power
Oppress
1) To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority
2) To weigh heavily on
Plight
1) An unfortunate, difficult, or precarious situation
Subvert
1) Undermining the power and authority of (an established system or institution)
Trifle
1) Something that has little value or importance
Valiant
1) To have or show courage: very brave or courageous
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