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Lesson 2

Antithesis a direct opposite, a contrast
Ascend to move upward, to rise from a lower station
Austere strict, stern; unadorned, ascetic
Autonomous independent, self-contained
Banal common, ordinary, lacking freshness, hackneyed
Benign not causing harm, of gentle disposition, beneficial
Capricious changing suddenly, fickle
Dawdle to waste time, to spend time idly, to movve in a lackadaisical manner
defamation act of harming or ruining another's reputation
esoteric understood only by a small group or a select few
exacerbate to aggravate, to irritate, to vex
extol to praise, to glorify
fastidious reflecting a meticulous or demanding attitude, critical to an extreme
furtive secret in an underhanded way, stealthy
gregarious sociable and outgoing
hypocrite one who is insince or decetiful
innate existing from birth, inborn
lethargic sluggish, languid
melancholy depression of spirits
opaque not allowing the passage of light, not transparent; hard to understand
prolific abundantly fruitful, marked by great productivity
reprove to scold or to rebuke for a misdeed usually with kindly intent
symmetry balanced proportions
tranquil peaceful, calm
vernate to honor, to revere
Created by: WallaceHarmony