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Vocabulary 1

English Grade 9 & 10 Vocabulary Sets
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aborigine
original inhabitants of a region
altercation
a noisy dispute
amalgam
A combination of diverse elements; a mixture
ambrosial
Exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; extremely delicious; excellent
ambulatory
able to walk about
amphibious
operating or living on land and in water
androgynous
having both male and female characteristics
aperture
opening or a hole
apex
the highest point, summit
apparition
an unusual or unexpected sight; a ghostly figure
appendage
something attached to a larger item
arcane
secret or mysterious
archetype
an original model or pattern
ballyhoo
a noisy attention-getting demonstration or talk
bedlam
confusion, uproar
bellicose
warlike; quarrelsome
billet-doux
a love letter
bizarre
out of the ordinary eccentric; freakish
bombast
pretentious, inflated speech or writing
bona fide
made in good faith; genuine
boudoir
a woman's dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room
brouhaha
hubbub; uproar; furor
buffoon
a clown, comedian, or laughable person
buttress
to support or prop
cacophonous
harsh or confused sounding
cadence
rhythm
cameo
a raised image on precious stone; a small role
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carcinogen
a substance that causes cancer
carnivore
flesh-eating animal
caucus
a closed meeting
celestial
heavenly
circumvent
to avoid by going around; to encircle; to outwit
citadel
fortress
cogitate
to ponder or think deeply
comatose
unconscious; inactive
conflagration
a large, destructive fire
contretemps
an embarrassing incident
conveyance
a means of transporting; a vehicle
corona
a halo of light around the sun or moon
cryptic
secret, mysterious
cuisine
food, style of cooking
debonair
suave; charming; lighthearted
decanter
a vessel used to receive liquid poured from another
deciduous
shedding at a certain stage
demagogue
a leader who promises things to people to gain power