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Vocabulary 8 Honors

Study vocabulary terms

TermDefinition
apathy a feeling of hopelessness, not caring, no affect, not feeling one way or another about something
grimmace frown
dilemma major problem
contempt disgust, hatred
empathy feeling like sympathy, but the person has been through the same experience
rivulet a tiny stream of water
commotion a loud raucous, or cacophony, chaos
pilgrimage a spiritual journey, a lengthy journey
decorum an orderly, manner-filled presence
humility a modesty or limited/low view of one's own importance
permeate throughout, soaked penetrate
drone to make a continuous low sound
wince flinch, to cringe in pain
grieve to mourn or be sad about, usually over the loss of
ponder to think deeply
condescend rude, contemptuous, talking down to someone
banish to exile, to dismiss, to send out
pummel to punch over and over, hitting continuously
cower to bow or bend in fear, under intimidation
serene and tranquil peaceful
hospitable welcoming friendly
profound deep, thoughtful
indignant angry, stubborn, rebellious
belligerent ready to fight, confrontational
somber down, despondent, serious/sad
grave dead serious
impulsive acts without thinking
reluctant hesitant, fearful, unsure
intricate detailed, specific, finely described
ominous threatening, foreboding
defiant indignant, rebellious
conspicuous overt, obvious, sticks out
arrogant stuck up, haughty, conceited, uppity
unorthodox not following rules, out of the ordinary culture or rule set, or practice
tenacious determined, go-getting, relentless, never gives up
barrage a concentrated artillery bombardment over a wide area
fledging a young bird learning to fly, a person or organization that is immature, inexperienced, or underdeveloped
intuition a sixth sense or gut feeling
facade the face of a building, especially the principal front that looks onto a street or open space, front, facean outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.
penchant a desire, a strong interest
revelation a revealing, a newly discovered notion or idea
proponent someone who is "for" or fighting FOR a cause
convulse to shake uncontrollably
console to soothe or make feel better
defiant angry, stubborn, aggressively resisting
punctilious showing great attention to detail or correct behavior
vigilant watchful, aware
inscessant nonstop, continuing without pause or interruption
timorous timid, shy, nervous
repundant no longer needed, superfluous(extra), omitted without loss
prophetic far seeing, predictive, describing someone who speaks of the future confidently
obstinate stubborn
pensive reflecting deep or profound thought
indigenous native to an area
raucous unruly, loud, chaotic
methodical logical, analytic, efficient, following structure or form
auspicious promising, favorable, giving a sign of future success
allot to assign or distribute into shares or portions
allot to assign or distribute into shares or portions
comply to yield to a request or demand
audacious bold, adventurous, reckless
devoid not having or using, empty, lacking
preturb to trouble or annoy
comply to yield to a request or demand
prodigious immense , extraordinary in size or degree
adulation obsequious flattery; `excessive admiration or praise
junket trip, journey: such as a trip made by an official at public expense
errant straying outside the proper path or bounds (an errant calf).... moving about aimlessly or irregularly
unabated being at full strength or force
resounding impressively loud or booming....emphatic, unequivocal
rogue a dishonest or worthless person : scoundrel... a mischievous person
compel force or oblige someone to do something
despise feel contempt or a deep repugnance for
justify show or prove to be right or reasonable , explain, support, give reasons for
jeer make rude and mocking remarks, typically in a loud voice , mock, ridicule, insult
retaliate make an attack or assault in return for a similar attack , reciprocate, get back at
infraction a violation or infringement of a law, agreement, or set of rules
scion a detached living portion of a plant (such as a bud or shoot) joined to a stock in grafting and usually supplying solely aerial parts to a graft, a descendent
prominent well known, in the public eye
relentless tenacious, go getting, incredibly determined
dilapidated decayed, deteriorated, or fallen into partial ruin especially through neglect or misuse
vehement intensely emotional, deeply felt, marked by forceful energy
accomplice a helper or partner in a criminal act
alibi an excuse (truth or lie) regarding where a person was during a crime
alias an alternate identidy
avarice greed
deduction a process of thinking, figuring out a puzzle by pulling the pieces apart and reassembling them
eccentric odd, quirky, out of the norm...
gaunt sunken faced
motive reason for an act
pseudonym a fake name used by a writer for various reasons
scrutinize to study carefully
sleuth a detective
swanky rich, but old rich, like antiques, etc
irony the unexpected....
verbal irony like sarcasm
dramatic irony when the reader knows information that a main character in a story doesn't
situational irony when a reader is led up to believe something...and then the opposite occurs. Like a bank robber robbing a bank to save someone's life
foreshadowing a literary device used to give the reader hints to an upcoming, significant event. Usually this carries a negative connotation, but sometimes good may happen too.
red herrings misleading clues planted by the author in a plot to throw the reader off track. These are used to draw the reader into the story.
de down
ob away from, against
inter within, among, between
sub under
cred to believe
bio life
auto self
dic(t) to say, speak
ject to throw or push in
syn/sym same
con together
hydr water
cide kill
cracy government
cogno/gnosi to learn
domin to lead
uni/mono one, single
du/bi du/bi
tri three
quad four
pent five
oct eight
dec ten
cent one hundred
gen family, life
scrip/scrib to write
struc to build
frac/frag to break
vis/vid to see
spec to watch
man(u) hand
ped/pod foot
mitt/miss to send
chron/temp relating to time
mob/mit move
carn/corp flesh, body
port carry
cept to receive
un/im/in/il/ir NOT
re again
ex out
pre before
post after
trans across
circum around
dis away from, opposite
contr/ant(i) against
bene good
mal bad, evil
Created by: Amanda Curtis