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1

xenophobia

fear or hatred of foreigners

When the refugee arrived in America, he was unprepared for the xenophobia he found there.

2

yen

longing; urge

She had a yen to get away and live on her own for a while.

3

yeoman

man owing small estate; middle-class farmer

It was not the aristocrat but the yeoman who determined the nation's policies.

4

yield

*

amount produced; crop; income on investment

An experienced farmer can estimate the annual yield of his acres with surprising accuracy.

**

give in; surrender

The wounded knight refused to yield to his foe.

5

yoke

join together, unite

I don't wish to be yoked to him in marriage, as if we were cattle pulling a plow.

6

yokel

country bumpkin

At school, his classmates regarded him as a yokel and laughed at his rustic mannerisms.

7

yore

time past

He dreamed of the elegant homes of yore, but gave no thought to their inelegant plumbing.

8

zany

crazy; comic

I can watch the Marx brothers' zany antics for hours.

9

zeal

eager enthusiasm

Wang's zeal was contagious; soon all his fellow students were busily making posters, inspired by his ardent enthusiasm for the cause.

10

zealot

fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal

It is good to have a few zealots in our group for their enthusiasm is contagious.

11

zenith

point directly overhead in the sky; summit

When the sun was at its zenith, the glare was not as strong as at sunrise and sunset.

12

zephyr

gentle breeze; west wind

When these zephyrs blow, it is good to be in an open boat under a full sail.