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"Speak" Study Guide

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demerit
a mark against someone for misconduct
inconspicuous
not noticeable: invisible
wan
dark, gloomy, pale in color, sickly, unhappy
degrading
to bring to low esteem or into disrepute
psuedo
pretend, fake, false
errant
straying from the right course
indoctrination
teaching someone to accept an idea or principle without critisism
burrow
a hole or hideout animals use to take shelter, a hideout
sanctuary
a sacred place offering refuge or safety
refurbished
to brighten, freshen, or polish up again, renovate
spastic
of, relating to, characterized by, or affected with or as if with spasm
xenophobic
unreasonable fear or hatred or foreigners
bleak
lacking in warmth, life, or kindliness
abysmal
wretched to the point of despair, immeasurably bad
demure
affectedly modest, reserved, or serious
alliteration
occurence of a first letter/sound in a row
assonance
repetition of a vowel sound in nonrhyming, stressed sylables
onomatopoeia
word associated with a sound
imagery
visually descriptive/figurative language
mataphor
simile (comparison) without using "like" or "as"
simile
comparison using "like" or "as"
hypebole
exaggerated statements or claims
personification
human qualities given to nonhuman things
allusion
making a reference to something (music, people, etc.)
symbol
something that represents something else