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Glossary of Developmental Reading Vocabulary

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serendipity
unexpected good luck
facade
false front
avian
relating to birds
Imam
respected Muslim religious leader
dictum
written or spoken command
phallic
suggesting a penis
esoteric
known only to a few
beatific
saintly
rhetoric
the art of pursuasion through language
hectoring
bothering; scolding
gringo
negative slang term for U.S. citizens used in Latin America
baroque
period of art and music, 1650-1750, characterized by beautiful pattern and detail
bucolic
beautiful country setting
cryptic
brief and mysterious
venture capitalism
supplying money for new ideas in exchange for stock in the new company
maize
Indian corn
deadpanned
joke spoken with a completely straight face
assimilate
fit into another culture
euthanasia
mercy killing
heralded
announcing

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