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Holt Fifth Course - Lesson 1

Holt Vocabulary Fifth Series - Lesson 1 - Eleventh grade
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vernacular
n: everyday or informal language; native language
rhetorical
adj: effective use of words designed to be impressive, showy, and oratorical
provocative
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
intricacy
n: condition or state of being complex, involved, or detailed; elaborateness
introspective
adj: given to examination of one's own thoughts and feelings; contemplative
felicitous
adj: well chosen for the occasion; appropriate; apt
to usurp
v: to take by force, wrongfully, or without rights
comprehensive
adj: of wide scope; inclusive; thorough
ambiguous
adj: uncertain; vague; unclear; having more than one possible meaning
rhetoric
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.
provocation
n: something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action
provocateur
n: a secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts
intricate
adj: having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate
introspection
n: Contemplation of one's own thoughts, feelings, and sensations; self-examination
usurper
n: one who wrongfully or illegally seizes and holds the place of another
usurpation
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
ambiguity
n: Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation
rhetor
n: a teacher of rhetoric; an orator.