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April 4, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Social Science, Political Science, Government
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AM Lit VOCABULARY Week 6: The Age of Reason 1. solace (verb) to give comfort to in grief or misfortune The kind words brought a little solace to the grieving widow. syn: assure, cheer, console, comfort ant: distress, torment, torture, trouble 2. inevitable (adjective) sure to happen; incapable of being avoided or evaded Getting wet is inevitable if you are going to try to give your dog a bath syn: certain, inescapable, unavoidable ant: avoidable, uncertain, unsure 3. spurn (verb) to refuse to accept (someone or something that you do not think deserves your respect, attention, affection, etc.) Fiercely independent, the elderly couple spurned all offers of financial help. syn: disapprove, negative, refuse, reject ant: accept, agree (to), approve 4. inviolate (adjective) not harmed or changed; not violated or profaned, especially: pure These rights must remain inviolate. syn: NA ant: NA 5. supplicate (verb) to make a humble entreaty; especially : to pray to God The minister reminded his flock that God is a being to be obeyed and worshipped always and not just someone to be supplicated in times of trouble syn: appeal (to), beseech, entreat, implore ant: NA 6. insidious (adjective) causing harm in a way that is gradual or not easily noticed Most people with this insidious disease have no idea that they are infected. syn: ant: 7. vigilant (adjective) alertly watchful especially to avoid danger When traveling through the city, tourists should be extra vigilant. syn: attentive, awake, observant, alert ant: asleep 8. avert (verb) to turn (your eyes, gaze, etc.) away or aside; to prevent (something bad) from happening The diplomatic talks narrowly averted a war. syn: prevent, forestall, stave off ant: NA 9. tyranny (noun) a government in which all power belongs to one person; the rule/authority of a tyrant He was dedicated to ending the tyranny of slavery. syn: dictatorship, totalitarianism, despotism ant: NA 10. impious (adjective) not pious; lacking in reverence or proper respect (as for God or one's parents) Puritans often feared seeming impious. syn: irreverent, blasphemous, profane ant: pious, reverant



11. dominion (noun) the land that a ruler or government controls; supreme authority The countries fought for dominion of the territory. syn: dominance, domination, hegemony ant: impotence, powerlessness 12. precipitate (verb) to cause (something) to happen quickly or suddenly The budget problem was precipitated by many unexpected costs. syn: aftereffect, conclusion, corollary ant: cause, reason 13. sottish (adjective) resembling a sot: drunken, doltish, stupid You could smell the whiskey on her sottish aunt's breath from a block away! syn: besotted, hammered, high, impaired ant: sober 14. disaffected (adjective) no longer happy and willing to support a leader, government, etc. The citizen’s heroic actions in saving the child from the burning building were laudable. syn: NA ant: NA 15. eloquence (noun) discourse marked by force and persuasiveness; the quality of forceful or persuasive expressiveness The senator's eloquence is well known. syn: articulateness, poetry, rhetoric ant: inarticulateness

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