9th Grade Spelling Words

60 terms by WGrimes

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Anguish

extreme mental distress

Annihilation

total destruction

Eloquent

persuasive and moving, especially in speech

Ferocity

the quality or state of being fierce, savage, or relentless

Harangue

a long boring speech

Indifference

lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things; uncaring

Petition

a formal request

Ruse

a trick used usually to gain something

Succinct

briefly, concisely and clearly expressed

Trek

any long and difficult trip

Articulate

expressing oneself effectively and clearly

Bravado

false bravery

Effusive

showing excessive emotion; overflowing; gushing

garrulous

extremely talkative

Glib

Superficial and insincere

Histrionics

a deliberate display of overly dramatic emotion for effect

Laconic

using few words

Polemic

a person who like to argue or a argument

Trite

commonplace; overused, stale

Verbosity

wordiness

bellicose

warlike or angry

belligerent

warlike or angry; a warlike or angry person

concise

expressing much in few words

evict

expel from one's property or force to move out by a legal process

evince

give expression to

fratricide

act of killing one's brother

genocide

systematic killing of a racial or cultural group

incisive

cutting right to the heart of the matter

invincible

incapable of being overcome or subdued

vanquish

to defeat in a battle or contest, overthrow; to overcome a feeling or condition

charity

a kindly and lenient attitude toward people

cherish

be fond of

emerge

come out into view, as from concealment

gaunt

very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

malice

the quality of threatening evil

omen

a sign of something about to happen

perish

to die; to be killed or destroyed

shroud

something that covers or hides from view

solemnity

a trait of dignified seriousness

subside

wear off or die down

bedlam

a state of extreme confusion and disorder

boycott

refusal to buy or sell certain products or services

maudlin

weakly sentimental and tearful

maverick

someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

mentor

a wise and trusted guide and advisor

mesmerize

to hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch

nemesis

someone or something a person cannot conquer or achieve; a hated enemy

herculean

displaying superhuman strength or power

procrustean

cruel or inflexible in enforcing conformity

quixotic

idealistic but impractical

agnostic

one who believes that the existence of a god is unknown or unknowable

cognomen

a surname; nickname

diagnose

determine or distinguish the nature of a problem

docile

easily handled or managed

doctrinaire

rigidly devoted to theories

doctrine

a system of beliefs or principles

incognito

in disguise

indoctrinate

to teach a set of ideas or principles

orthodox

adhering to what is commonly accepted

paradox

an apparently contradictory statement that actually contains some truth

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