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Holt Vocabulary Fifth Series - Lesson 1 - Eleventh grade


n: everyday or informal language; native language


adj: effective use of words designed to be impressive, showy, and oratorical


adj: stimulating; pushing or tending toward action, thought, or strong feeling

to accentuate

v: to emphasize; to heighten the effect of; to pronounce or mark with an accent


n: condition or state of being complex, involved, or detailed; elaborateness


adj: given to examination of one's own thoughts and feelings; contemplative


adj: well chosen for the occasion; appropriate; apt

to usurp

v: to take by force, wrongfully, or without rights


adj: of wide scope; inclusive; thorough


adj: uncertain; vague; unclear; having more than one possible meaning


n: The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively

to provoke

v: To incite to anger or resentment; To stir to action or feeling; To give rise to; evoke: provoke laughter; To bring about deliberately; induce: provoke a fight.


n: something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action


n: a secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts


adj: having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate


n: Contemplation of one's own thoughts, feelings, and sensations; self-examination


n: one who wrongfully or illegally seizes and holds the place of another


n: The act of usurping, especially the wrongful seizure of royal sovereignty; a wrongful seizure or exercise of authority or privilege belonging to another; an encroachment


n: Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation


n: a teacher of rhetoric; an orator.

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