10th Grade Cards - Language Arts

Words for students of 10th Grade, the page is for arts words (Difficult Words 1), which are important supplementary words for 10th Grade academic classes.
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abash
v. embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
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abnegate
v. give up or surrender; deny something to oneself
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affluent
a. having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
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alleviate
v. provide physical relief, as from pain; make easier; remove in part
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burgeon
v. grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly
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burlesque
v. give an imitation that ridicules; imitate mockingly or humorously
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coalesce
v. combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
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consort
v. habitually associate with someone; keep company
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contagion
n. the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people; any disease easily transmitted by contact
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copious
a. plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
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decimate
v. destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of
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deleterious
a. having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
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delude
v. deceive mind or judgment of; lead from truth or into error; frustrate or disappoint
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demagogue
n. person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people
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derision
n. the act of treating with contempt; contemptuous laughter
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domesticity
n. domestic activities or life; home or family life
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edify
v. instruct or correct, especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement
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elusive
a. difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
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espouse
v. take in marriage; marry; give one's loyalty or support to; adopt
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exonerate
v. acquit; free from blame; discharge from duty
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faction
n. a party of persons having a common end in view
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fetter
v. restrain with U-shaped bar for ankles or feet; impede; hamper
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flamboyant
a. elaborately or excessively ornamented
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fortuitous
a. accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause
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garrulous
a. talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
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grisly
a. frightfully; terribly; causing horror or disgust
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hiatus
n. gap; interruption in duration or continuity; pause
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hyperbole
n. figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis; overstatement
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idyllic
a. excellent and delightful in all respects
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impeccable
a. faultless; incapable of sin or wrongdoing
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inane
a. silly; senseless; unconsciously foolish; void
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incorrigible
a. not correctable; difficult or impossible to control or manage
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indignant
a. affected with indignation; wrathful; passionate; irate; feeling wrath by unworthy or unjust treatment
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inexhaustible
a. incapable of being exhausted, emptied, or used up; unfailing; not to be wasted or spent
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inflammation
n. the act of setting something on fire; arousal to violent emotion
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innate
a. possessed at birth; inborn; originating in the mind
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insinuate
v. hint; suggest; introduce by subtle and artful means
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insolent
a. strange; unusual; haughty or brutal in behavior or language; grossly rude or disrespectful
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integrate
v. make whole; combine; make into one unit
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introversion
n. the folding in of an outer layer so as to form a pocket in the surface; the condition of being folded inward or sheathed
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judicious
a. exhibiting good judgment or sound thinking; prudent
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languish
v. lose animation; be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor
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legislative
a. relating to a legislature or composed of members of a legislature; of or relating to or created by legislation
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loquacious
a. talkative; given to continual talking; chattering
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magnanimous
a. very generous or forgiving, especially toward someone less powerful than oneself; chivalrous
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maxim
n. proverb; formulation of fundamental principle or general truth
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milieu
n. environment; person’s social setting or environment
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mollify
v. make less rigid or softer; calm in temper or feeling
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morose
a. ill humored; sullen; depressingly dark; gloomy; persistent
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mundane
a. belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary
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nebulous
a. lacking definite form or limits; hazy; cloudy
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nocturnal
a. of or relating to or occurring in the night; most active at night
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noxious
a. harmful to living things; injurious to health
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obstinacy
n. the quality or state of being difficult to remedy, relieve, or subdue; resolute adherence to own ideas or desires
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onerous
a. burdensome or oppressive; not easily borne; wearing
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ostentatious
a. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
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paltry
a. insignificant; lacking in importance or worth; worthless
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paradox
n. something apparently contradictory in nature; statement that looks false but is actually correct
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patent
a. open for the public to read; obvious; plain
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paucity
n. scarcity; smallness of number; the presence of something only in small or insufficient amounts
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pedantic
a. marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points
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penchant
n. strong inclination; definite liking
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perennial
n. lasting indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal; remaining active throughout all the time
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pernicious
a. very destructive; tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly
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platitude
n. dullness; insipidity of thought; commonplace statement; lack of originality
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polarize
v. split into opposite extremes or camps
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postulate
n. essential premise; underlying assumption
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preclude
v. make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; eliminate
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pristine
a. uncorrupted by civilization; primitive; remaining free from dirt or decay
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prosaic
a. dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
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rationale
n. fundamental reasons; basis; exposition of principles or reasons
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redolent
a. fragrant; odorous; suggestive of odor
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relegate
v. assign to obscure place, position, or condition; delegate; assign
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reprisal
n. action taken in return for injury or offense
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salient
a. prominent or protruding; projecting outwardly; moving by leaps or springs
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sanctimonious
a. excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious
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scrupulous
a. exactly and carefully conducted; by extreme care and great effort; cautious
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sentient
a. endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness; consciously perceiving
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sloth
n. laziness; apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue; any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals
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static
a. having no motion; being at rest; fixed; stationary
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surfeit
v. eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess
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temerity
n. boldness; rashness; foolhardy disregard of danger
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tenuous
a. long and thin; slender; having little substance
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urbane
a. showing a high degree of refinement
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vernacular
n. everyday speech of people, as distinguished from literary language; natural style; standard native language of a country or locality
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vindicate
v. clear from blame; exonerate; maintain, uphold, or defend