Semester 2 Vocabulary Rice Middle School

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epiphany

a sudden realization of the meaning of something

benevolently

having good will; being generous or considerate

irony

the opposite of what was expected or intended

hovered

to remain or linger in or near a place

pseudo

false, or apparently similar

archive

a place or collection containg records, documents, or other materials of historical interest

feeble

lacking strength or force, inadequate

inevitable

impossible to avoid or prevent

hybrid

the offspring of unlike parents

naturalization

to grant full citizenship to somoeone born in another country

contender

a contestant for a high honor

debut

a first public appearance

triumphant

exulting in success or victory

quavering

a quivering, vibrating sound

malice

the desire to commit a wrongful act that will result in harm to another

capacity

the maximum amount that can be held

acronym

a word formed from the initial letters of a name

blitz

an intense campaign

audible

able to be heard

perpetual

continuing or lasting for an indefinitely long time

feasible

possible

elicit

to draw forth

distraught

mentally confused, crazed

paucity

scarcity

acrimonious

feeling or showing strong displeasure or bad temper

inexorable

unyielding or relentless

admonish

give a mild but firm warning or scolding

duplicity

cunning, trickery

pernicious

harmful, causing injury

impunity

freedom from punishment

construe

to make a deduction, to infer

duress

the use of force or threats to make s/b do s/t

culprit

the guilty person

chagrin

feeling of disappointment, humiliation

consternation

amazement or terror, often leading to panic/confusion

precocious

characterized by early development

fiasco

ridiculous failure

confidante

one to whom you confide your secrets

quell

put an end to

reprehensible

worthy of blame

fray

a fight

arbitrary

based on whim, dictatorial selected at random

perfunctory

done without care, superficial done merely as a duty

dubious

doubtful

effigy

a likeness (usually of a hated person)

stymie

to hinder, impede

cognizant

aware

turbulent

unruly, agitated causing violence or disturbance

affluent

rich

voluble

fluent and smooth in speech

obsolescent

going out of use

masticate

to chew up crush and grind with the teeth

Indigent

poor,needy

harass

torment,annoy continually

monolithic

single great stone/ massively solid

implacable

can not be pacified/appeased

jurisdiction

power, range of authority

paroxysm

a fit,sudden outburst

skirmish

small fight, brief encounter

disparage

to discredit, belittle

laudable

praisworthy

eschew

avoid, shun

revert

return to original type/ condition

exacerbate

to end; make more violent, bitter,or severe

emaciated

abnormally thin, wasted away

tranquil

quiet,undisturbed

sanctuary

shelter, place considered sacred by religious group

ascend

to rise, move upward

vermin

small animal pest

provoke

to excite to angry annoyance

lam

the act or fact of escaping or having escaped physically

ilk

type or kind (number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities)

matrimonial

relating to, or characteristic of marriage

gait

manner of walking or running

filth

repulsive dirt or refuse

wiry

slender yet strong

devour

consume revenously

paltry

of inferior quality; not worthy of consideration

scrawny

very thin

alias

a fictitious or assumed name

meddle

to intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere

sully

cast doubt or disgrace on

shun

keep away from

ratted

betray one's associates

embouchure

position and use of lips in playing a wind instrument

insinuate

to suggest indirectly that something negative is true

ornery

irritable

throng

a crowd

haughty

proud

conspirator

one who schemes secretly

audacious

bold, daring, rash

reviving

recovering

obstinately

stubbornly

prudent

having wisdom and judgment

plunder

stolen goods

esteemed

honored

requisite

necessary

waylaid

ambushed

palpitating

beating rapidly

venerable

worthy of honor

uncanny

supernatural, eerie

hoard

a hidden supply of something

hordes

crowds or throngs

onslaught

a fierce attack

clamor

a noisy shouting

pinnacle

the highest point

reek

strong, unpleasant smell

tumult

uproar made by a crowd

appalling

causing horror or dismay

unimpeachable

blameless; perfect

veranda

roofed porch

perils

dangers

vengeance

punishment in revenge

gnarled

twisted with swellings

inquisitive

very curious

eyrie

eagle's nest

antiquity

ancient times, esp. before the Middle Ages

taut

drawn tight

abominable

causing disgust

lamented

complained; said sorrowfully

infuriate

make furious

ominous

suggesting evil

famished

suffering from hunger

floundering

moving clumsily

desolate

deserted; lifeless

dire

horrifying

insignificant

not important

wrath

anger mixed with vengeance

inevitable

not able to be avoided

perplexed

puzzled; uncertain

replenish

to build up again

fortified

made strong

antiquated

old and out of date

impenetrable

not able to be pierced

dubious

uncertain

eminent

most important

contrived

made happen with difficulty

coveted

desired something very much

decrepit

weakened by old age

mingled

mixed with other people

heirloom

object of special value passes from generation to generation

fugitives

those fleeing to escape

abode

place of residence; house

extravagant

beyond actual value

promulgate

to make known officially

brash

rash, hasty, or premature; assertive to the point of being offense

scoff

to sneer at; expression of mockery

tangible

able to be seen or experienced, especially by touch - real

laceration

jagged wound

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