10th Grade Cards - Language Arts

Words for students of 10th Grade, the page is for arts words (Difficult Words 2), which are important supplementary words for 10th Grade academic classes.
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adjuration
n. a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
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anhydrous
a. without water; especially without water of crystallization
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aquiline
a. curved or hooked like an eagle's beak
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awry
ad. in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course
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bagatelle
n. something of little value or significance; a light piece of music for piano
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bibelot
n. a small household, ornament, or decorative object
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boll
n. the rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant
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burin
n. a chisel of tempered steel with a sharp point; used for engraving
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calcimine
n. a water-base paint containing zinc oxide and glue and coloring; used as a wash for walls and ceilings
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carouse
n. revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
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circumlocution
n. indirect or roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing
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coeval
a. of the same period; having the same age or date of origin; contemporary
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colossus
n. someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful; a person of exceptional importance and reputation
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conciliate
v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; make one thing compatible with another
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confluent
n. a branch that flows into the main stream; flowing together
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consumptive
a. afflicted with or associated with pulmonary tuberculosis; tending to consume or use often wastefully
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contumacy
n. obstinate rebelliousness; resistance to authority; willful refusal to appear before a court or comply with a court order
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coronet
n. margin between the skin of the pastern and the horn of the hoof
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cosmopolitanism
n. ideology that all human beings belong to a single community, based on a shared morality
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declamatory
a. expressing feelings or opinions in a way that is loud and forceful
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deist
n. a person who believes that God created the universe and then abandoned it
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denunciation
n. a public act of denouncing; public condemnation of someone or something
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derrick
n. a framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes to be raised and lowered
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detrude
v. force down or thrust away or out
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digraph
n. two successive letters, especially two letters used to represent a single sound as 'sh' in 'shoe'
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discontinuance
n. the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption
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dispensation
n. a share that has been dispensed or distributed; an exemption from some rule or obligation
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disrepute
n. discredit; dishonor; the state of being held in low esteem
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dissuasion
n. persuading not to do or believe something; talking someone out of a belief or an intended course of action
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dolor
n. painful grief; a state of great sorrow or distress
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dudgeon
n. a feeling of intense indignation
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effeminacy
n. having traits, tastes, habits, traditionally considered feminine
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effulgence
n. the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
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emaciate
v. grow weak and thin or waste away physically; cause to grow thin or weak
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encyclical
a. intended for wide distribution
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espy
v. catch sight of; glimpse; discover at a distance
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euphony
n. any agreeable, pleasing, and harmonious sounds
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exegesis
n. explanation; interpretation, especially of biblical or religious text
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expostulate
v. reason with somebody for the purpose of dissuasion
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factious
a. dissenting, especially dissenting with the majority opinion
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festal
a. offering fun and gaiety; befitting a feast, festival, holiday, or gala occasion
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foppery
n. foolish character or action; the behavior or dress of a fop
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furtherance
n. encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something; the advancement of some enterprise
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glutinous
a. having the sticky properties of an adhesive
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hegira
n. a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
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improvisation
n. an unplanned expedient; a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
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ingenue
n. innocent girl or young woman; actress who plays such parts
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interpolation
n. a message, spoken or written, that is introduced or inserted; the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
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inundation
n. an overwhelming number or amount; the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land
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ionization
n. the condition of being dissociated into ions; the process of ionizing; the formation of ions by separating atoms or molecules
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irruption
n. a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence; a sudden sharp increase in the relative numbers of a population
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juridical
a. relating to the administration of justice or the function of a judge; of or relating to the law or jurisprudence
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latish
a. somewhat or rather late
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lexicography
n. the act of writing dictionaries
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ligneous
a. consisting of or containing lignin or xylem
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litigious
a. of or relating to litigation; showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
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luxuriance
n. the property of being lush and abundant and a pleasure to the senses
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manumit
v. free from slavery or servitude
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metempsychosis
n. after death the soul begins a new cycle of existence in another human body
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militate
v. have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
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missive
n. letter; written message; a written communication
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monomania
n. a mania restricted to one thing or idea
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mufti
n. a Muslim legal expert who is empowered to give rulings on religious matters
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necrology
n. a notice of someone's death; usually includes a short biography; a list of people who died recently
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nether
a. situated down or below; lying beneath, or in the lower part; having a lower position; lower; under;
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obsequious
a. slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
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obviate
v. bypass requirement or make it unnecessary; get rid of
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oratorio
n. musical composition for voices and orchestra based on religious text
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palliate
v. lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses
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patrimony
n. an inheritance coming by right of birth; a church endowment
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peerage
n. the peers of a kingdom considered as a group
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pentathlon
n. an athletic contest consisting of five different events
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perspicacity
n. the capacity to assess situations shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions; intelligence manifested by being astute
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philander
v. have amorous affairs; talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
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platitudinous
a. dull and tiresome; used too often to be interesting or thoughtful
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precedential
a. having precedence, especially because of longer service
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prolix
a. tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length
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quizzical
a. suggesting puzzlement; mocking; curious
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reliquary
n. a container where religious relics are stored or displayed, especially relics of saints
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retrench
v. cut down; change the way things are done in order to spend less money; economize
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sacrosanct
a. regarded as sacred and inviolable; too important to be changed
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satirize
v. make object of satire; attack with satire; censure with keenness or severe sarcasm.
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sirocco
n. a windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust or sand
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temporize
v. act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision
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unwonted
a. out of the ordinary; not customary or usual
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withe
n. band or rope made of twisted twigs or stems; strong flexible twig