The 100 Words All Middle Schoolers Should Know

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adversary

an opponent or enemy

aplomb

self-confidence, especially in a difficult situation; poise, assurace

apprehensive

anxious or fearful; uneasy

aptitude

the ability of learn or understand something quickly

attentive

giving attention to something; paying careful attention to the comfort or concerns of others

banish

to force to leave a country or place; exile

barricade

a structure to block the passage of an enemy or opponent

bluff

to have a false display of confidence, especially in order to deceive someone

brackish

slightly salty

brandish

to wave or exhibit something in a dramatic or threatening way

circumference

the boundary of an area, an object, or a geometric figure, especially a circle

commotion

noisy activity or confusion

concoction

something that has been prepared by putting several things together; a mixture of ingredients

conspicuous

easily seen; obvious

contortion

a sharp twist or bend in something

counter

to do or say something the opposite of something else

cunning

sly, crafty, or clever

debris

the scattered remains of something broken, destroyed, or discarded

defiance

open resistance to an opposing force or authority.

Example: Not taking your hat off when a teacher tells you to

deft

quick and skillful

destination

the place to which a person or thing is going or sent

diminish

to make or become smaller or less; reduce or decrease

disdain

a feeling that something is bad, worthless, or low

dismal

causing gloom or depression; dreary

dispel

to cause to disappear; drive away

eavesdrop

to listen secretly to the private conversation of others

egregious

above what is usually found as right or proper; outrageous

ember

a glowing piece of burning wood or coal

emerge

to become visible or known

engross

to take all of the attention from someone.

exasperation

a state of anger, impatience, or great irritation

exhilarate

to cause someone to feel very happy

falter

to proceed or continue in an unsteady or weakening manner

foresight

the ability to imagine what is likely to happen in the future.

fragrance

a sweet or pleasant odor;a scent

furtive

done or acting in a way that is intended not to be noticed

grueling

physically or mentally exhausting

gusto

great enjoyment

habitation

a place in which to live; a residence

hasten

to move or act swiftly; to hurry

havoc

very great destruction or disorder

headway

progress toward a destination or goal

ignite

to cause something to start burning; to begin to burn

illuminate

to provide with light or cast light upon someone or something

impending

about to happen

imperious

arrogant; overbearing

jabber

to talk rapidly or in a senseless manner; chatter

jargon

the specialized language of a trade, profession, or group of people

jostle

to bump roughly agains another person or thing

jut

to extend sharply outward or upward

kindle

to build and start a fire; to arouse or excite a feeling

knoll

a small, rounded hill

luminous

giving off light; shining

malleable

capable of being shaped or formed by pressing, hammering, or another forceful action

materialize

to appear out of nowhere

meander

to follow a winding or turning course

meticulous

showing great concern for details; extremely careful or precise

misgivings

feelings of doubt or concern

momentum

a quantity used to measure the motion of a body, equal to the product of its mass and velocity. Any change in the speed or direction of a body changes its momentum

monotonous

dull because of always being the same

multitude

a very large number

muster

to bring forth a group of soldiers together; to bring forth a feeling or ability from within oneself

narrate

to tell a story or describe a series of events

obscure

difficult to understand

ominous

being a sign of trouble, danger, or disaster

outlandish

strange

persistent

refusing to give up or stop

pertinent

related to the same topic; relevant

potential

the ability to grow, develop, or improve

precipice

a very steep or overhanging piece of rock, such as the face of a cliff

pristine

remaining in a pure or unspoiled state; completely free from dirt or contamination

quell

to calm or settle

recluse

a person who lives alone or has little to do with other people

recuperate

to return to normal health or strength; recover

replenish

to refill something; make something full again

repugnant

causing disgust; offensive or repulsive

restitution

the act of doing something or paying money to make up for some damage, loss, or injury that you have caused

sabotage

a usually secret act, done or purpose that causes damage or hinders an activity

scarcity

an insufficient amount or supply; a shortage

scurry

to move with light running steps; scamper

serenity

the quality of being calm, peaceful, or untroubled

sociable

enjoying the company of others; friendly

somber

very serious or sad

specimen

something that is studied by scientists as an example of an entire act, such as an entire species of living things

stamina

the power to resist getting tired or sick while working hard

subside

to become less active or intense

swagger

to walk in a way that makes you look as if you think you are important or very confident; strut

swarm

a large number of insects or other small creatures, especially when in motion

tactic

an action that is planned to achieve a goal

terse

brief and to the point; concise

translucent

allowing light to pass through, but blurring it so that images cannot be seen clearly

uncanny

mysterious and impossible to explain; out of the ordinary

unsightly

not pleasant to look at; unattractive

versatile

having varied uses or functions

vigilant

watching out for danger or something that might go wrong

vulnerable

capable of being harmed, damaged, or injured

waft

to float easily and gently on the air; drift

waver

to move unsteadily back and forth

weather

to wear away or change, as in color or surface texture, by exposure to the wind, rain, and other conditions of the atmosphere.

zeal

great enthusiasm for or devotion to cause, ideal, or goal

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