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Vocabulary Level F Unit 1Part A
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approbation The expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval
Approbation Synonyms: commendation, sanctionSentence: My broad hint that I had paid for the lessons myself brought smiles of approbation from all the judges at the piano recital.
assuage To make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench
assuage Synonyms: mitigate, alleviate, slake, allaySentence: Her eyes told me that more than a few well-chose words would be needed to assuage her hurt feelings.
Coalition A combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose
coalition Synonyms: alliance, league, federation, combineSentence: The various community organizations formed a coalition to lobby against parking laws.
decadence Decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence
decadence Synonyms: degeneration, corruptionSentence: Some characterized her love of chocolate as decadence because she ate at least two candy bars a day.
elicit To draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)
elicit Synonyms: call forth, evoke, extract, educeSentence: My attempt to elicit information over the phone was met with a barrage of irrelevant recordings.
expostulate To attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning
Expostulation Synonyms: protest, remonstrate, complainSentence: Shakespeare’s Hamlet finds it useless to expostulate with his mother for siding with his stepfather.
hackneyed Used so often as to lack freshness or originality
hackneyed Synonyms: banal, trite, commonplace, cornySentence: The Great Gatsby tells a universal story without being ruined by hackneyed prose and description.
hiatus A gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing)
hiatus Synonym: pause Sentence: I was awakened not by a sudden sound but by a hiatus in the din of traffic.
innuendo A hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)
innuendo Synonyms: insinuation, intimationSentence: Those lacking the facts or afraid of reprisals often tarnish an enemy’s reputation by use of innuendo.
intercede To plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement
intercede Synonyms: intervene, mediateSentence: She will intercede in the dispute between the two children, and soon they will be playing happily again.
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