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Vocabulary Unit 5 ISkills Pre-University. Amnesty (n) a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution. The government gave amnesty to the illegal immigrants after they proved they were in danger from their home governments.

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Vocabulary Unit 5ISkills Pre-University


Amnesty (n) a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution

  • The government gave amnesty to the illegal immigrants after they proved they were in danger from their home governments.

  • The activist group Amnesty

    International seeks to end

    political injustice around the world.


Autonomy (n): self-government; political control

  • States have autonomy to set their own laws so long as they do not violate existing federal laws.

  • All teenagers seek autonomy from their parents.

Autonomous (adj): having the freedom or power to do what you want, especially a country or nation.


Axiomatic (adj): self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle; something that does not need to be proved, because everyone can see it is true; something that goes without saying.

  • That the car had been totaled in the accident was axiomatic.

  • One should not accept anything a politician says as the axiomatic truth.

    Axiom (n): a self-evident truth that needs no proof


Blazon(v): to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely

  • They will blazon the results of the election all over the internet, TV, and radio.

  • She blazoned her dress with pretty embroidery.


Caveat (n): A warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or to discourage behavior

  • Driving responsibly carries the caveat of knowing you must never drive when you have been drinking.

  • You can do as you like at Six Flags with one caveat: make sure you follow all the park rules!


Equitable (adj): fair, just, embodying principles of justice

  • The two nations came to an equitable trade agreement.


Extricate (v): to get free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort.

  • You will never extricate yourself from debt if you don’t stop spending money!

  • It took the fisherman over an hour to extricate the turtle from his nets.

Extrication (n)


Filch (v): to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts; to steal something small

  • My son likes to filch cookies when he thinks I’m not looking.


Flout (v): to mock, treat with contempt; to deliberately disobey a rule or law.

  • Flouting the rules of society can land you in jail.


Fractious (adj): tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable; querulous

  • Even the best of class will have at least one fractious student who tries the teacher’s patience.


Precept (n): a rule of conduct or action; a rule that helps you decide how to behave in a situation

  • Many philosophies follow the precept that it is important to treat others the way you want to be treated yourself.


Salutary (adj): beneficial, helpful; healthful or wholesome

  • Studying will have a salutary effect on your grades


Scathing (adj): bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm

  • The teacher was scathing of his paper, which was full of errors.


Scourge (v): to whip, punish severely (n): a cause of affliction or suffering; a source of severe punishment

  • She was the scourge of the class, forever getting them into trouble.

  • Don’t scourge yourself over missing that assignment.


Sepulchral (adj): funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal.

  • There was a sepulchral aura about the classroom after we all did so badly on the test.


Soporific (adj) tending to cause sleep; relating to sleepiness or lethargy (n): something that induces sleep

  • My class frequently seems to have a soporific effect on my students, since they are forever dropping off mid-lecture.

  • Warm milk is a good soporific if you are having trouble sleeping.


Straitlaced (adj): extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish or puritanical

  • When I first started teaching in ESLI, I expected my students to be very straitlaced, but they’re not so different from American students.


Transient (adj): lasting only a short time, fleeting (n): one who stays only a short time

  • Homeless people are often referred to as transients, because they don’t stay long in any one place.

  • Our time on earth is

    transient, so we should

    make the best of it while

    we are here!


Unwieldy (adj): not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity.

  • The box isn’t heavy, but its size makes it very unwieldy.


Vapid (adj): dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force.

  • Every teacher dreads the vapid stares of a class that does not understand or is not paying attention.


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