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STEP 1 2009-3 11-20


ledger a book that a company uses to record information about the money it has paid and received
bunker a strong building that is mostly below ground and that is used to keep soldiers, weapons, etc., safe from attacks The ammunition is stored in concrete bunkers.
derive to take or get (something) from (something else) : to have something as a source : to come from something The river derives its name from a Native American tribe.
chisel a metal tool with a flat, sharp end that is used to cut and shape a solid material (such as stone, wood, or metal)
purge to cause evacuation from (as the bowels) or of or from the bowels of drugs that purge the bowels : purged the patient with a cathartic
aptitude a natural or acquired capacity or ability; especially : a tendency, capacity, or inclination to learn or understand
platitude a statement that expresses an idea that is not new “blondes have more fun” is a silly platitude
servitude the condition of being a slave or of having to obey another person The Fugitive Slave Act had the effect of returning slaves who had made it to freedom in the North to a brutal life of servitude in the South
deploy to organize and send out (people or things) to be used for a particular purpose Two scientists were deployed to study the problem.
picket a stick or post that is pointed at the end so that it can be put into the ground The strikers held picket signs painted with angry slogans.
bolster to make (something) stronger or better : to give support to (something) She came with me to bolster my confidence.
stymie to stop (someone) from doing something or to stop (something) from happening Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of money.
liability the state of being legally responsible for something : the state of being liable for something The company is trying to limit its liability in this case.
deity a god or goddess
credulity ability or willingness to believe something The person pushing the phony medicine was taking advantage of the credulity of people hoping for miracle cures
duplicity dishonest behavior that is meant to trick someone We were lucky not to be taken in by his duplicity
renunciation the act or practice of saying especially in a formal or official way that you will no longer have or accept (something)
deportation an act or instance of forcing (a person who is not a citizen) to leave a country The deportation of the Jews from Spain in 1492
annotation a note added to a text, book, drawing, etc., as a comment or explanation Without the annotations, the diagram would be hard to understand.
compunction a feeling of guilt or regret He feels no compunction about his crimes.
truncate having the end square or even truncate leaves
caricature a drawing that makes someone look funny or foolish because some part of the person's appearance is exaggerated The interview made her into a caricature of a struggling artist.
obfuscate to make (something) more difficult to understand Politicians keep obfuscating the issues.
recuperate to return to normal health or strength after being sick, injured, etc. She took a day off to recuperate.
morale the feelings of enthusiasm and loyalty that a person or group has about a task or job The team is playing well and their morale is high.
creed a statement of the basic beliefs of a religion Central to the creed of this organization of medical volunteers is the belief that health care is a basic human right
intermittent starting, stopping, and starting again : not constant or steady The patient was having intermittent pains in his side.
belligerent angry and aggressive : feeling or showing readiness to fight The coach became quite belligerent and spit at an umpire
logistics the handling of the details of an operation
buffer any of various devices or pieces of material for reducing shock or damage due to contact: to protect (something) from something The wall buffers the noise of the traffic.
dungeon a dark underground prison in a castle
banter to speak to or address in a witty and teasing manner
tenet a belief or idea that is very important to a group one of the basic tenets of the fashion industry
misnomer a name that is wrong or not proper or appropriate “International Airport” is something of a misnomer, since almost all the arriving and departing flights are local.
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