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8ELAperpetualcontinuing all the time without changing or stopping
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8ELAfumigatedremoved disease, bacteria, insects etc from somewhere using chemicals, smoke, or gas
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8ELArationalizedif you rationalized behaviour that is wrong, you invented an explanation for it so that it does not seem as bad
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8ELApoultererOne who works with chickens (poultry)
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8ELAbrusquelyusing very few words in a way that seems rude
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8ELAreserveto hold back or use caution in one's actions
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8ELAineptitudelack of skill
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8ELAbarricadea temporary wall or fence across a road, door etc that prevents people from going through
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8ELAimproviseddid something without any preparation, because you were forced to do this by unexpected events
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8ELAvigilantgiving careful attention to what is happening, so that you will notice any danger or illegal activity
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8ELAravageto damage something very badly
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8ELAUnit 8fervent(v) to join at one end or be next to; to support, prop up
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8ELAUnit 8attire(n) clothes, apparel, garn; (v) to dress, adorn, or bedeck
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8ELAUnit 8avail(v) to be of use or benefit to; to make use of; to take advantage of; to profit or benefit; (n) use, benefit, or value
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8ELAUnit 8crony(n) a very close friend, pal, chum, buddy
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8ELAUnit 8cryptic(adj) puzzling, mystified, or enigmatic
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8ELAUnit 8divergent(adj) going in different directions; different from each other; departing from convention, deviant
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8ELAUnit 8enmity(n) hatred, ill-will
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8ELAUnit 8fervent(adj) very earmest, emotional, passionate; extremely hot
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8ELAUnit 8gaunt(adj) thin and bony, starved looking; bare barren
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8ELAUnit 8infiltrate(v) to pass through or gain entrance to gradually or stealthily
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8ELAUnit 8nullify(v) to make of no value or consequence, cancel, or wipe out
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8ELAUnit 8perceptible(adj) capable of being grasped by the senses or mind
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8ELAUnit 8plummet(v) to plunge straight down; (n) a weight fastened to a line
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8ELAUnit 8proclaim(v) to declare publicly or officially
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8ELAUnit 8proxy(n) an agent, substitute; a written permission allowing one person to act in another’s place
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8ELAUnit 8rankle(v) to cause anger, irritation, or bitterness (with the suggestion that the pain grows worse with time)
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8ELAUnit 8scavenger(n) a person who collects or removes usable items from waste materials; an animal that feeds on refuse or dead bodies
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8ELAUnit 8stint(v) to limit, be sparing or frugal; (n) a limit or restriction; a fixed share of work or duty; a period of activity
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8ELAUnit 8stoical(adj) self-controlled, not showing feeling in response to pleasure or pain
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8ELAUnit 8unflagging(v) tireless, continuing with vigor
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8ELAUnit 3barrage(n) a rapid, large-scale outpouring of something
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8ELAUnit 3motivate(v) to provide with a reason for doing; to push on to some goal
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8ELAUnit 3pacifist(n) one who is against war or the use of violence; (adj) opposing war or violence
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8ELAUnit 3queue(n) a line of people waiting for something (such as a bus); (v) to form such a line
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8ELAUnit 3restrict(v) to keep within set limits; to confine
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8ELAUnit 3sage(adj) wise; (n) a very wise person
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8ELAUnit 3slake(v) to satisfy, relieve, or bring to an end
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8ELAUnit 3terrain(n) the landscape, especially its physical features or fitness for some use; a field of knowledge
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8ELAUnit 3vocation(n) any trade, profession, or occupation; a sense of fitness or special calling for one’s work
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8ELAUnit 3vow(n) a solemn or sacred promise or pledge; (v) to declare or promise in a solemn way
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8ELAUnit 3waylay(v) to lie in wait for and attack, ambush
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8ELAUnit 3bigot(n) an intolerant, prejudiced, or biased person
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8ELAUnit 3wither(v) to dry up, wilt, sag; to cause someone to feel ashamed, humiliated, or very small
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8ELAUnit 3designate(v) to indicate, point out; to appoint; (adj) selected but not yet installed
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8ELAUnit 3diversity(n) difference, variety; a condition of having many different types or forms
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8ELAUnit 3enigma(n) someone or something that is extremely puzzling; that which cannot be understood or explained
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8ELAUnit 3gloat(v) to look at or think about with great intensity and satisfaction; to take great personal joy in
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8ELAUnit 3global(adj) of, relating to, or involving the entire world; comprehensive
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8ELAUnit 3illusion(n) a false idea; something that one seems to see or to be aware of that really does not exist
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8ELAUnit 3infuriate(v) to make very angry, enrage
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8ELAamassneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAaudaciousneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAcomplyneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAdevoidneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAeliteneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAgrappleneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAincapacitateneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAinstigateneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAlongevityneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAmyriadneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAperspectiveneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAperturbneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAprodigiousneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELArelevantneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAskittishneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAtetherneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAunisonneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAvieneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELAwillfulneed your definition if this term is useful
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8ELASTAAR (set1)imagerywriting that creates a mental picture in the reader's mind - using the five senses
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8ELASTAAR (set1)themelife lesson, central message, moral
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8ELASTAAR (set1)figurative languagewriting that has a deeper meaning than what it actually says
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8ELASTAAR (set1)similea comparison of different things using "like" or "as"
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8ELASTAAR (set1)metaphora comparison of different things usually using "is" or "are"
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8ELASTAAR (set1)extended metaphora metaphor continued beyond a single sentence into several sentences
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8ELASTAAR (set1)personificationgiving human characteristics to nonhuman things
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8ELASTAAR (set1)hyperboleextreme exaggeration
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8ELASTAAR (set1)plotseries of events in a story
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8ELASTAAR (set1)expositionthe beginning of the plot where the reader learns background information such as setting and characters
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8ELASTAAR (set1)settingtime and place of the story
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8ELASTAAR (set1)conflictproblems faced by characters
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8ELASTAAR (set1)rising actionevents in the story that add to or worsen the story's main conflict
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8ELASTAAR (set1)climaxthe turning point in the story; conflict is at its worst
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8ELASTAAR (set1)resolutionending of the conflict; denouement
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8ELASTAAR (set1)character motivationforces that cause a character to act in a particular way
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8ELASTAAR (set1)character traitswords used to describe the character's personality and/or physical self
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8ELASTAAR (set1)protagonistthe central character or sometimes hero in a narrative or drama
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8ELASTAAR (set1)antagonista force working against the protagonist
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8ELASTAAR (set1)tonethe speaker or writer's attitude toward a subject or audience
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8ELASTAAR (set1)moodthe feeling created by writers intended to affect the readers
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8ELASTAAR (set1)symbolsobjects used to represent something other than themselves
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8ELASTAAR (set1)point of viewperspective from which a story is told
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8ELASTAAR (set1)1st person point of viewtold by the person who experienced the story
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8ELASTAAR (set1)3rd person limitedtold by a narrator, knows only the thoughts and feelings of one character
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8ELASTAAR (set1)3rd person omniscienttold by a narrator, knows the thoughts and feelings of all the characters in the story
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8ELASTAAR (set1)genretype of writing; ex. folktales, poems, fiction, nonfiction, informational...
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