LMS 8th grade vocabulary DEFINITIONS

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beseige

to surround with armed forces

disdain

a feeling of contempt of someone or something regarded as unworthy or inferior

despite

an act showing contempt or defiance

tyrant

an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution

livery

cover with apparel; a servan'ts uniform; distinctive dress

loathe

to dislike greatly and often with disgust and intolerance

lout

a clumsy, stupid fellow

haughty

blatantly and disdainfully proud

pugnacious

having a quarrelsome or combative nature

feign

to give a false appearance of, to assert as if it were true

analagous

similar or comparable in certain respects

perfidious

characterized by the breaking of trust or faith

ponderous

very heavy, unweildy because of weight

solipsistic

extreme egocentrism "The only thing that exists is me."

foe

hostile enemy

reverberate

to continue in or as if in a series of echoes

perplex

to make something complicated

loath

unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom or habits

pithy

terse or full of substance and meaning; or like the soft or spongy inside of a plant or fruit

solemn

observed or done according to ritual or tradition; serious or grave; sacred in character

entreat

to plead with especially in order to persuade; ask urgently

deliquesce

to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air

austerity

the quality or condition of being severe or stern in the way one looks or acts; living very severely without a lot of 'stuff' (ex. monk or nun)

reclaim

to restore to a previous natural state; to demand or obtain the return of; to regain posssession of

candid

marked by honest sincere expression; indicating sincere honesty; disposed to criticize severely

wane

to fall gradually from power, prosperity or influence; to make smaller (the moon wanes)

temperate

not excessive; having a moderate climate which especially lacks extremes int temperature (southern hemisphere is temperate)

grieve

to afflict with deep, acute sorrow

thine

belonging to you (possessive pronoun of thee)

virtuous

behaving according to standards of what is right or just

pervade

to spread through every part of

similtude

noun. likeness or resemblance; a person that is like another; similar

accommodate

to make fit or suitable

restitution

the act of restoring someone or something to the rightful owner or to a former state or position; making good on a loss or damage

benign

pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence

eclectic

taking what seems best from different sources

rabid

showing too much zeal or intense fervor

reticent

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

cacophony

loud confusing disagreeable sounds

scrutinize

to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail

decimate

to destroy or kill a large part of (a group), number or proportion

relegate

to commit or consign, assign to a lower position

prerequisite

something that is required in advance; required as a prior condition to do something (ex. a course)

rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

villify

to malign, defame and slander; to speak ill of someone

congeal

to thicken into a solid or become gelatinous

fantasy

imagination unrestricted by reality

habitation

the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place (said of both animals and men

transfigure

change completely the nature or appearance of

scandal

an action or circumstance that brings about disgrace or offends public morality

comedy

light and humorous drama with a happy ending

abridge

condense or shorten

engage

to attract; employ or hire; participate with whole interest
(The lecture engaged my interest)

distill

refine (a liquid by evaporating and subsequent condensation); concentrate; separate the most important parts from; Ex. distill fresh water from sea water; CF. brew

warrant

NOUN: a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts

VERB: stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of, a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts

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