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Glossary of Lesson Two

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antuthesis
a direct opposite, a contrast
ascend
to move upward, to rise from a lower station
austere
strict, stern, unadorned, ascetic
autonomous
independent, self- centained
banal
common, ordinary, lacking freshness, hackneyed
benign
not causing harm, of gentle dispostition, beneficial
capricious
changing suddenly, fickle
dawdle
to waste time, to spend time idly, to move in a lackadaisical mannter
defamation
act of harming or ruining another person's reputation
esoteric
understood only by a small group or a select few
exacerbate
to aggravate, to irritate, to vex
extol
to praise, to glorify
fastidioous
reflecting a meticulous or demanding attitude, ctitical toa an extreme
furtive
secret in an underhanded way
gregarious
sociable and outgoing
hypocrite
one who is insincere or deceiful
innate
exising from birth, inborn
lethargic
sluggish, languid
meancholy
depression of psirits
opaque
not allowing the passage of light, not transparent, hard to understand
prolific
abundantly fuitful, marked by great prodictivity
reprove
to scold or to rebuke for a misdeed usually with kindly intent
symmetry
balanced proportions
tranquil
peaceful, calm
venerate
to honor, to revere

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