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writers workshop vocab 2013

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Ameliorate - verb
make or become better.

Ex: I needed to ameliorate my cooking skills.
Conserve - verb
Preserve from loss ,waste ect.

Ex: we need to conserve what we have left for the winter
Detriment - noun
An injury or loss , or that which causes it.

Ex: this is a detriment of nature.
Exotic - adjective
Of foriegn origin or character; strange.

Ex: the food here is very exotic.
Folly
A foolish act or undertaking .

Ex: I wont except your folly.
Formerly - adjective
In time past.

Ex: I was formerly a teacher.
Harmony - noun
the sound of two or more simultaneous tones;the structure and relationship.

Ex: we sang togther in harmony.
Ignore - verb
Pass by without notice; pay no heed to.

Ex: I ignore you all the time.
Impediment - noun
A phsyicaldefect that impairs speech.

Ex: I have ahat people call a speech impediment.
Impede - verb
Check or retard the progress of; hinder; obstruct.

Ex: sorry to impede on your conversation.
Intact - adjective
Remaining unimpared, uninjured, whole, or complete.

Ex: I need to keep this place intact.
Parsimonious - adjective
stingy.

Ex: the pain was very parsimonious.
Raze - verb
Tear down ; demolish
Reticent - adjective
Disposed to be silent; reserved

Ex: jonathen is a very reticent person.
Retire - verb
Withdraw from business or public life.

Ex: My grandfather retired from his job of 36 years.
Retort - verb
reply sharply.

Ex: his retort was rude.
Subvert- verb
overthrow; destroy

Ex: we must subvert the injustice.
subversion - noun
the overthrowing of .

Ex: this is a subversion that we need.
Tractable
easily led;docile.
Ex: young children are very tractable.