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Vocabulary Workshop Level H, Unit 9

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beatitude
a state of perfect happiness or blessedness; a blessing.
bete noire
someone or something that one especially dislikes, dreads, or avoids.
bode
to be an omen of; to indicate by signs.
dank
unpleasantly damp or wet.
ecumenical
worldwide or universal in influence or application.
fervid
burning with enthusiasm or zeal; extremely heated.
fetid
having an unpleasant or offensive odor.
gargantuan
immense size, volume, or capacity; enormous.
heyday
the period of greatest power, vigor, success, or influence; the prime years.
incubus
a demon or evil spirit supposed to haunt human beings in their bedrooms at night; anything that oppresses or weighs upon one, like a nightmare.
infrastructure
a basic foundation or framework; a system of public works; the resources and facilities required for an activity; permanent military.
inveigle
to entice, lure, or snare by flattery or artful inducements; to obtain or acquire by artifice.
kudos
the acclaim, prestige, or renown that comes as a result of some action or achievement.
lagniappe
an extra or unexpected gift or gratuity
prolix
long winded and wordy; tending to speak or write in such a way.
protege
someone whose welfare, training, or career is under the patronage of an influential person; someone under the juridiction of a foreign country or government.
prototype
an original pattern or model; a primitive or ancestral form.
sycophant
someone who attempts to win favors or advance him- or herself by flattery or servile behavior.
tautology
needless repetition of an idea by using different but equivalent words; a redundancy.
truckle
to yield or submit tamely or submissively