8th Grade Vocabulary from "In Search of Equilibrium" and "The Changing Face of Journalism"

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annihilate

(v) to completely destroy

cognizance

(n) awareness of people and things

conceptualize

(v) to take in information and form into a concept

debilitated

(adj) made weak, often by illness

edification

(n) the act of improving by instruction

floundered

(adj) struggled

fugue

(n) a temporary state in which a person acts without any awareness of what he or she is doing

inception

(n) beginning

plethora

(n) a large excess or abundance

rife

(adj) abundant; widespread; occurring commonly

throe

(n) a struggle

yield

(v) to produce

advent

(n) the beginning; the point when something comes into being

constraint

(n) a restriction by force

corroborate

(v) to provide further proof for something with evidence

dissemination

(n) the act of spreading or dispersing

erroneous

(adj) incorrect

forum

(n) a place or method for discussing ideas

harness

(v) to make something useful

integral

(adj) essential; important

irrefutable

(adj) undeniable; beyond any doubt

lucid

(adj) clear and easy to understand

mainstream

(n) the dominating trend

medium

(n) a means of communicating ideas

obsolete

(adj) no longer useful

prominent

(adj) widely known; standing out

prototype

(n) a model that is used as a pattern for other versions

regulate

(v) to control; to establish rules

relinquish

(v) to give up something; to surrender something

sensationalize

(v) to exaggerate for dramatic effect

skepticism

(n) a tendency to doubt and question credibility

thrive

(v) to prosper; to grow successfully

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