Wordmasters 8th Grade Fall 2011
1. A plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.
2. Any artifice, ruse, or trick devised or used to attain a goal or to gain an advantage over an adversary or competitor: business stratagems.
1. To inflict or execute (punishment, vengeance, etc.): They wreaked havoc on the enemy.
2. To carry out the promptings of (one's rage, ill humor, will, desire, etc.), as on a victim or object: He wreaked his anger on the office staff.
1.Happening or produced by chance; accidental: a fortuitous encounter.
2. Lucky; fortunate: a series of fortuitous events that advanced her career.
1. Imperturbable self-possession, poise, or assurance.
2.The perpendicular, or vertical, position.
|Constrict|| verb (used with object)|
1. To draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.
2. To slow or stop the natural course or development of: Greed and aggressiveness constricted the nation's cultural life.
allowing the possibility of several different meanings, as a word or phrase, especially with intent to deceive or misguide; susceptible of double interpretation; deliberately ambiguous: an equivocal answer.
of doubtful nature or character; questionable; dubious; suspicious: aliens of equivocal loyalty.
1. A literary or artistic burlesque of a serious work or subject, characterized by grotesque or ludicrous incongruity of style, treatment, or subject matter.
2. A literary or artistic composition so inferior in quality as to be merely a grotesque imitation of its model.
3. Any grotesque or debased likeness or imitation: a travesty of justice.
1. Defamation; calumny: rumors full of slander.
2. A malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his good name.
3. Law . defamation by oral utterance rather than by writing, pictures, etc.
1. Of keen penetration or discernment; sagacious: an astute analysis.
2. Clever; cunning; ingenious; shrewd: an astute merchandising program; an astute manipulation of facts.
|Debacle|| (N.)1. A general breakup or dispersion; sudden downfall or rout: The revolution ended in a debacle.|
2. A complete collapse or failure.
3. A breaking up of ice in a river.
4. A violent rush of waters or ice.
|Aggrieve|| (V.)1. To oppress or wrong grievously; injure by injustice.|
2. To afflict with pain, anxiety, etc.
|Inane|| (Adj.)1. Lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly: inane questions.|
2. Empty; void.
|Maw||(N.)1.The mouth, throat, or gullet of an animal, especially a carnivorous mammal.|
2.The crop or craw of a fowl.
3.The stomach, especially that of an animal.
4.A cavernous opening that resembles the open jaws of an animal: the gaping maw of hell.
5.The symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kind: the ravenous maw of Death.
|Eviscerate|| (V.)1.To remove the entrails from; disembowel: to eviscerate a chicken.|
2.To deprive of vital or essential parts: The censors eviscerated the book to make it inoffensive to the leaders of the party.
3.Surgery- to remove the contents of (a body organ).
|Patent||(N.)1.The exclusive right granted by a government to an inventor to manufacture, use, or sell an invention for a certain number of years.|
2.An invention or process protected by this right.
3.An official document conferring such a right; letters patent.
4.The instrument by which the government of the United States conveys the legal fee-simple title to public land.
1. A person who adapts his actions, responses, etc, to take advantage of opportunities, circumstances, etc
2. Taking advantage of opportunities and circumstances in this way
|Wax|| Verb. 1. to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, power, etc.: Discord waxed at an alarming rate.|
2. (of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion before the full moon. Compare wane (def. 4). 3. to grow or become: He waxed angry at the insinuation.
1. A very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things.
2. Ten thousand.
|Infamy||Noun 1. Extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act: a time that will live in infamy.|
2. Infamous character or conduct.
3. An infamous act or circumstance.
4. Law . loss of rights, incurred by conviction of an infamous offense.
|Appease||Verb (used with object)|
1. To bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe: to appease an angry king.
2. To satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuage: The fruit appeased his hunger.
3. To yield or concede to the belligerent demands of (a nation, group, person, etc.) in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other principles.
1. Causing or involving calamity; disastrous: a calamitous defeat.
1. A striking or notable deed; feat; spirited or heroic act: the exploits of Alexander the Great.
Verb (used with object)
1. To utilize, especially for profit; turn to practical account: to exploit a business opportunity.
2 .To use selfishly for one's own ends: employers who exploit their workers.
3. To advance or further through exploitation; promote: He exploited his new movie through a series of guest appearances.
|Incite|| Verb (used with object),|
1. To stir, encourage, or urge on; stimulate or prompt to action: to incite a crowd to riot.
1. Worthy of imitation; commendable: exemplary conduct.
2. Serving as a warning: an exemplary penalty.
3. Serving as an illustration or specimen; illustrative; typical: The sentences read are exemplary of the style of the essay as a whole.
4. Serving as a model or pattern: The authoritative and exemplary text of the work is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
5. Of, pertaining to, or composed of exempla: the exemplary literature of the medieval period.
1. A person who is a customer, client, or paying guest, especially a regular one, of a store, hotel, or the like.
2. A person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement an artist, writer, museum, cause, charity, institution, special event, or the like: a patron of the arts; patrons of the annual Democratic dance.
3. A person whose support or protection is solicited or acknowledged by the dedication of a book or other work.
4. Patron saint.
5. Roman History . the protector of a dependent or client, often the former master of a freedman still retaining certain rights over him.