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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 5 iskills pre university

Vocabulary Unit 5ISkills Pre-University


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.

  • The activist group Amnesty

    International seeks to end

    political injustice around the world.


Autonomy n self government political control

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.


Vocabulary unit 5 iskills pre university

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Studying will have a salutary effect on your grades


Scathing adj bitterly severe withering causing great harm

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

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


Vocabulary unit 5 iskills pre university

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

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.


Vocabulary unit 5 iskills pre university

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

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

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

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

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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