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Vocab Unit 9

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