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20 terms

American Literature and Composition Unit 2 vocabulary

BHS Sweeney 2012
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ameliorate
v. to improve, amend, make better
aplomb
n. poise, assurance, composture
bombastic
adj. pompous, inflated, overblown in language
callow
adj. without experience, raw, not fully developed
drivel
n. saliva flowing from the mouth, foolish. v. to let saliva flow from mouth, slaver
epitome
n. summary, model
exhort
v. to urge strongly, implore
ex officio
adj., adv. by virtue of holding a certain office
infringe
v. to violate, encroach, intrude
ingratiate
v. to cozy up to, curry favor with
interloper
n. an intruder, trespasser
intrinsic
adj. essential, inherent, organic
inveigh
v. express strong disapproval, rail
lassitude
n. lack of energy, fatigue
millennium
n. a period of one thousand years or great joy
occult
adj. mysterious, magical, supernatural
permeate
v. to spread through, penetrate
precipitate
v. to cause or bring about suddenly, provoke. n. moisture. adj. reckless
stringent
adj. strict, severe, tough, urgent
surmise
v. to guess, to think, infer. n. inference