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22 terms

American Literature and Composition Unit 5 vocabulary

BHS Sweeney
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Amnesty
(n.) a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution
Autonomy
(n.) Self-government, political control
Axiomatic
(adj.) Self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule
Blazon
(v.) To adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely
Caveat
(n.) A warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
Equitable
(adj.) Fair, just, embodying principles of justice
Extricate
(v.) To free from entanglements or difficulities; to remove with effort
Filch
(v.) To steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
Flout
(v.) To mock, treat with contempt
Fractious
(adj.) Tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable
Precept
(n.) A rule of conduct or action
Salutary
(adj.) Beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome
Scathing
(adj.) Bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm
Scourge
(v.) To whip, punish severely; (n.) A cause of affliction or suffering; a source of severe punishment or criticism
Sepulchral
(adj.) Funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
Soporific
(adj.) Tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy; (n.) something that induces sleep
Straitlaced
(adj.) Extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical
Transient
(adj.) Lasting only a short time, fleeting; (n.) One who stays only a short time
Unwieldy
(adj.) Not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity
Vapid
(asj.) Dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force
addendum
(n.) an addition or supplement designed to increase correctness, completeness, or currency
prognosticate
v. to predict