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Grade 8 Vocabulary: Unit 9

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accelerate
to speed up, cause to move faster
bystander
one who looks on or observes but does not take part
canvass
to go through an area in order to procure votes, sales, or opinions
casual
happening by chance or on an irregular basis; informal
downtrodden
treated unfairly and cruelly; oppressed
entice
to attract, tempt
erode
to wear away gradually, eat away
flounder
to thrash about in a clumsy or ineffective way
graphic
lifelike, vivid, relating to the pictorial arts
gruesome
horrible, revolting, ghastly
melancholy
sad, gloomy, unhappy
ordeal
a difficult or painful experience; trial
parch
to make dry or thirsty; to shrivel wit heat
persist
to continue steadily in a course of action; to last, remain
puny
of less than normal strength or size; weak, sickly
quibble
a petty objection; raising minor objections
ratify
to approve; confirm
regal
royal, kinglike; fit for a king
stifle
to smother, prevent firm breathing; to hold back or choke off
vital
having life, living; necessary to life; essential