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Lesson 11 Vocabulary. Test Thursday, March 5, 2009. Augment. To increase in size, amount or degree The stimulus bill that was just passed in Congress will augment many American s’ incomes. Benign. Kind, gracious, not threatening

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lesson 11 vocabulary

Lesson 11 Vocabulary

Test Thursday, March 5, 2009

augment
Augment

To increase in size, amount or degree

The stimulus bill that was just passed in Congress will augment many Americans’incomes.

benign
Benign

Kind, gracious, not threatening

Kim was relieved when the test results showed a benign tumor in her stomach.

connoisseur
Connoisseur

A person with extensive knowledge, especially of the fine arts. – Someone with refined tastes.

discern
Discern

To detect with the eyes

To understand

To recognize as separate

or different

My mother was able to discern between a real and counterfeit one hundred dollar bill.

embellish
Embellish

To make beautiful by adding decorative elements

To add fictitious details to

A good story teller will embellish a story to make it funny.

execute
Execute

To carry out

To create as a work of art

To put to death as a legal penalty

If there is a fire at school the emergency procedures will have to be executed.

exemplify
Exemplify

To illustrate by being an example of

grotesque
Grotesque

So distorted or strange as to appear bizarre or comical.

Political cartoons can be a grotesque representation of a politician.

hallowed
Hallowed

Greatly respected – holy, sacred

The American cemetery at Normandy’s Omaha Beach is hallowed.

impersonate
Impersonate

To assume the character or appearance of

To mimic

Tina Fey impersonated Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential

campaign.

malevolent
Malevolent

Showing ill will or hatred; producing harm or evil

Wolverine is not a malevolent

character.

ornate
Ornate

Heavily and elaborately decorated

The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is ornate.

pastoral
Pastoral

Having to do with shepherds or herders

Relating to country life and often presented as charmingly simple

A pastoral lifestyle is less

stressful than the modern

cities of America.

precarious
Precarious

Not safe or secure

Old rotten rope bridges are precarious.

renown
Renown

Fame; honor

C.S. Lewis is renown in the literature world.