Language Arts 6th grade vocab

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abduct

to kidnap or carry off by force

guerrillas

members of an irregular military force; operating in small bands behind enemy lines

buffoon

one who amuses with jokes and tricks

flounder

to move clumsily

culture

a pattern of ones knowledge, beliefs, and behavior

elegant

characterized or exhibiting elegance

inhabit

to live or dwell in

goad

to urge prick or push

fertile

able to reproduce children, seeds, and fruits

aqueduct

a large pipe or conduit for carrying water from a distant location

prance

to act or walk about in a lively manner

encroach

to intrude gradually upon the rights of another

smitten

very much in love

allude

to refer to casually or indirectly

fleet

a group of cars, boats, or other types of vessels

parallel

running along side

horizontal

parallel to the ground

vertical

straight up and down

bliss

great happiness

drench

to wet thoroughly, to soak

shun

to keep away from

resident

one who lives in a place

ruthless

having no compassion or pity

obsolete

out of date

magnate

a rich powerful or successful business person

despite

in spite of, not withstanding

conceal

to keep from being seen

climate

refers to weather conditions

swelter

to become exceedingly hot

wean

to withdraw from any type of habit

shoddy

of poor quality or make, dishonest

transpire

to happen, to become known

hoax

a practical joke, something intended to deceive

qualm

a feeling of illness, a disturbing feeling

harsh

unpleasant to the senses or conditions

famine

a drastic wide reaching shortage of food

adjacent

adjoining, next to, near or close

wary

alert cautious, on guard, watchful

dread

to be in terror of, to fear greatly

hypnotize

to put into a sleep like state

succor

help, relief, assistance

fowl

any type of bird, the meat of that bird

runt

undersized, a small animal or person

prevail

to be victorious, to persuade

fervor

intensity of feeling or expression

wad

a small mass of soft material squeezed into a ball

avert

to ward off; to turn away; to keep from happening

zigzag

a series of turns in a different directions that precede in a general direction

whimsical

erratic behavior, unpredictable; having a quaint or fanciful quality

scamper

to run; to go hastily of lightly

agility

the quality of being nimble; quick in movement or adaptable

wail

to cry out loudly

passive

in active; acted upon but not acting in return

catamaran

a boat with two parallel hulls

acclaim

enthusiastic; public phrase and approval

innate

possessed at birth; inborn; a natural characteristic

underdog

a loser or predicted loser in a struggle or contest

retrieve

to recover; to find and bring back; to get back

colossal

enormous; gigantic; huge in size

parapet

a low wall or railing

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