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Level B

Unit 9

TermDefinition
accelerate to speed up, cause to move faster; to bring about more quickly
bystander one who looks on or observes, a person present but not taking part
canvass to go through an area in order to procure votes, sales, or opinions; t go over in detail; to discuss
casual happening by chance or on an irregular basis; showing little concern; informal
downtrodden treated unfairly and cruelly, oppressed
entice to attract, tempt
erode to wear away gradually, eat away
flounder to thrash about in a clumsy or ineffective way
graphic lifelike, vivid; relating to the pictorial arts
gruesome horrible, revolting, ghastly
melancholy sad, gloomy, unhappy; sadness, gloominess
ordeal a difficult or painful experience, a trial
parch to make dry and thirsty; to shrivel with heat
persist to continue steadily in a course of action, refuse
puny of less than normal strength or size; of no importance
quibble to evade or belittle a point by twisting words or raising minor objections; a petty objection
ratify to approve, give formal approval to, confirm
regal royal, kinglike; fit for a king
stifle to smother, prevent from breathing; to hold back or choke off
vital having life, living; necessary to life, essential; key, crucial
Created by: tbostwick