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aggregate

(A-grih-gut)

n. a sum total or mixure

  • gregis means group or herd

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aviary

(AY-vee-er-ee)

n. an enclosed space for birds

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complemantary

(kahn-pluh-MEN-tree)

adj. serving to complete another

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debunk

(dee-BUNGK)

vb. to prove wrong or false

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discrepancy

(dis-KREH-pun-see)

n. a difference or inconsistency

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eclectic

(eh-KLEK-tik)

adj. taken from many different sources

  • clect sounds like collect

7

excerpt

(EK-surpt)

n. a portion of a text or musical piece that is taken, or extracted, from the whole

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glacial

(GLAY-shul)

adj. very cold or very slow moving

  • like a glacier

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insuperable

(in-SOO-pruh-bul)

adj. unable to be overcome

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lithe

(LITHE)

adj. nimvle and flexible; agile; supple

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misanthrope

(MIH-sn-thrope)

n. someone who dislikes all people

  • anthrope means people or mankind

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pitfall

(PIT-fawl)

n. an unseen danger, risk, or drawback

  • you cannot see a pit until you fall in it

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raze

(RAYZ)

vb. to tear down; to destroy

  • razor

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replete

(righ-PLEET)

adj. fill-up; overflowing

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respite

(PES-put)

n. period of inactivity; a lull; a reprieve

  • respite

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spruious

(SPYOOR-ee-us)

adj. false; counterfeit; lacking logic; specious

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aplomb

(uh-PLAHM)

n. social poise; composure; skill in challenging situation

  • bomb!

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axiom

(AK-see-um)

n. a true or wise saying; a maxim

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capricious

(kuh-PRIH-shus)

adj. changeable; fickle; volatile; mercurial

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caprice

(kuh-PREES)

n. whim or fancy

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cavalier

(ka-vuh-LEER)

adj. arrogant; showing a lack of respect toward someone or something

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compunction

(kum-PUNG-shun)

n. a feeling of remorse for doing something wrong; regret; shame

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diffident

(DIH-fuh-dunt)

adj. lacking confidence in oneself; inclined to be shy

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dilettante

(DIH-luh-tahnt)

n. one who dabbles in the arts and sciences but is an expert in neither

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egalitarian

(ih-gal-ih-TAIR-ee-un)

adj. pertaining to equal political, social, and economical right for all mankind.

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heretic

(HEHR-uh-tik)

n. one who challenges societal and religious tradition

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iconoclast

(ahy-KON-uh-klast)

n. a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions

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idiosyncratic

(ih-dee-oh-sin-KRAH-tik)

adj. of or relation to strange or odd behavioral habits that are peculiar to the individual

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insurgent

(in-SUR-junt)

n. a rebel; one who revolts against a government or political party

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mimetic

(muh-MEH-tik)

adj. pertaining to imitation or mimicry

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pedantic

(puh-DAN-tik)

adj. showy in one's learning; overly instructive

  • ped- also means child
  • pedantic has to do with an instructive tone, like lecturing a child

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portentous

(por-TEN-tus)

adj. very meaningful with regard to events to come; ominous; foreshadowing

 

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sardonic

(sar-DAHN-ik)

adj. scornful bitter

  • sarcastic

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anecdote

(A-nik-dote)

n. a short biographical account or snippet from someone's past, usually humorous

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catharsis

(kuh-THAR-sus)

n. an emotional cleansing or release of emotional tension, fears, or pity

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euphemism

(YOO-fuh-mih-zum)

n. a more pleasant word or phrase that replaces another that is too direct, distasteful, or offensive

  • eu- means good

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parable

(PA-ruh-bul)

n. a brief story, told or written in order to teach a moral lesson

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parody

(PA-ruh-dee)

n. a short work that initates the style of another literary work; may ve mocking or amusing

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pathos

(PAY-thohs)

n. the quality of a piece of writing that evokes pity, sympathy, or some other strong emotional response in the reader

  • pathos in greek means suffering

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prose

(PROZE)

n. writing that is not poetry or rhyming verses (a novel, play, or essay)

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vignette

(vin-YET)

n. a brief descriptive passive in writing