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Regents English 11: Vocab Unit 11
Terms in this set (20)
Definition: the highest point or stage/something or someone that represents perfection of the thing expressed
Example: The acme of their basketball season was their hard-won victory over last year's state champs
*Noun: extreme pain, distress, or anxiety
*Verb: to suffer anguish/ to cause to suffer anguish
Example: They watched in anguish as fire spread through the house.
Definition: to BESIEGE/Trouble, Harass
Example: Many Indians obeyed the rules, wary of catching the virus and not trusting India's beleaguered health care system to save them.
Definition: used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation
Example: Langston was the merriest and the most colloquial of them all. "Best party I've ever been given!" he said.
Definition:having a drooping crest or hanging head/feeling shame or humiliation
Example: The next day, coach Brian Morehouse gave his crestfallen team the option of taking the rest of the season off.
Definition: the condition of having or being composed of differing elements : VARIETY/ the inclusion of of people of different races
Example: Both candidates agree there needs to be more diversity in the teaching workforce.
*Adjective: lasting a very short time
*Noun: something that lasts for a very short time : something ephemeral
Example: the autumnal blaze of colors is always to be treasured, all the more so because it is so ephemeral
Definition: to give a false appearance of : induce as a false impression/ to pretend
Example: I would never feign illness just to get out of a test
Definition: of or relating to an enemy/marked by malevolence : having or showing unfriendly feelings/ a non-hospitable environment.
Example: The camel is specially adapted to its hostile desert habitat.
*Adjective: immeasurably or incalculably small
*Noun: an infinitesimal quantity or variable
Example: A soft drink with only an infinitesimal amount of caffeine
Definition: the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group/a strange, outlandish, or barbarous language or dialect
Example: Also, using technical jargon to guide business teams is a bad communication strategy.
Definition: to dislike greatly and often with disgust or intolerance : DETEST
Example: The film is considered a masterpiece, but the at-home audiences loathe it.
Definition: of, relating to, or resembling a nebula : NEBULAR/ INDISTINCT, VAGUE
Example: Making sense of this nebulous non-time will take a while (though efforts are already under way).
*Adjective: feeling or expressing humble or regretful pain or sorrow for sins or offenses : REPENTANT
*Noun: a person who repents of sin
Example: Even if absolution is denied, though, the exchange between penitent and confessor is to remain confidential.
Definition: the character, status, or classification assigned by a predication/a difficult, perplexing, or trying situation
Example: This struggle is at the center of Poland's current political predicament
Definition: of, relating to, or characterized by a rigid morality
Example: His puritanical decrees sucked the joy out of life as surely as mosquitoes suck blood.
Definition: the art of speaking or writing effectively/skill in the effective use of speech
Example: Sometimes, mere political rhetoric from squabbling politicians is a boon for business.
Definition: occurring occasionally, singly, or in irregular or random instances
Example: Carlisle says such plays ideally need to be sporadic.
Definition: to waver in mind, will, or feeling : hesitate in choice of opinions or courses/ to sway due to lack of equilibrium.
Example: He vacillated for so long that someone else stepped in and made the decision
*Verb: o decrease in size, extent, or degree/to fall gradually from power, prosperity, or influence
*Noun: a period or time of waning
Example: Coronavirus immunity does wane over time, but routine blood donation would not factor into that.
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