Level H: Unit 9 Definitions

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  1. Beatitude
    (n.) a state of perfect happiness or blessedness; a blessing
  2. Bête noire
    (n.) someone or something that one especially dislikes, dreads, or avoids
  3. Bode
    (v.) to be an omen of; to indicate by signs
  4. Dank
    (adj.) unpleasantly damp or wet
  5. Ecumenical
    (adj.) worldwide or universal in influence or application
  6. Fervid
    (adj.) burning with enthusiasm or zeal; extremely heated
  7. Fetid
    (adj.) having an unpleasant or offensive odor
  8. Gargantuan
    (adj.) of immense size, volume, or capacity; enormous. prodigious
  9. Heyday
    (n.) the period of greatest power, vigor, success, or influence; the prime years
  10. Incubus
    (n.) a demon or evil spirit supposed to haunt human beings in their bedrooms at night; anything that oppresses or weighs upon one, like a nightmare
  11. Infrastructure
    (n.) a basic foundation or framework; a system of public works; the resources and facilities required for an activity; permanent military installations
  12. Inveigle
    (v.) to entice, lure, or snare by flattery or artful inducements; to obtain or acquire by artifice
  13. Kudos
    (n.) the acclaim, prestige, or renown that comes as a result of some action or achievement
  14. Lagniappe
    (n.) an extra or unexpected gift or gratuity
  15. Prolix
    (adj.) long-winded and wordy; tending to speak or write in such a way
  16. Protégé
    (n.) someone whose welfare, training, or career is under the patronage of an influential person; someone under the jurisdiction of a foreign country or government
  17. Prototype
    (n.) an original pattern or model; a primitive or ancestral form
  18. Sycophant
    (n.) someone who attempts to win favors or advance him- or herself by flattery or servile behavior; a slanderer, defamer
  19. Tautology
    (n.) needless repetition of an idea by using different but equivalent words; a redundancy
  20. Truckle
    (v.) to yield or submit tamely or submissively
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