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Vocabulary Power Plus Vocabulary, Reading, and Writing Exercises for Higher Achievement — Book H, Lesson Six

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anthology
a collection of short stories, poems, or plays
alleviate
to make more bearable; to ease
conciliatory
soothing to anger or distrust
diminution
a lessening or a decrease
esoteric
understood by or meant for only a small group
grit
tiny grains of sand or stone; determination and courage; to clench together, as teeth
ludicrous
humorously absurd and nonsensical
menial
tedious and requiring little skill
phosphorescence
continuous emission of light from a substance requiring neither heat nor sustained exposure to radiation
pessimistic
expecting only the worst or most negative outcome
ransack
to rummage and steal
salvo
a simultaneous discharge of guns or cannons, or an outburst resembling such a discharge
tentative
not definite or permanent
vicarious
felt as though experienced first hand
yearn
to desire intensely, sometimes with sadness