20 terms

Vocabuary Workshop Level A unit 15

Spelling test 4/27/12
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beacon
(n.) a light or other signal that warns and guides; a lighthouse; anything that guides or inspires
berserk
(adj., adv.) violently and destructively enraged
celestial
(adj.) having to do with the sky or heavens; heavenly; yielding great bliss or happiness
chasten
(v.) to punish (in order to bring about improvement in behavior, attitude, etc.); to restrain, moderate
confiscate
(v.) to seize by authority; to take and keep
data
(pl. n.) information; facts, figures, statistics
detract
(v.) to take away from; reduce in value or reputation
encounter
(n.) a meeting (especially one that is unplanned); a meeting of enemies, battle; (v.) to meet or come upon
epic
(n.) a long narrative poem (or other literary composition) about the deeds of heroes; and event or movement of great sweep; (adj.) on a grand scale, vast, titanic
pantomime
(n.) a play or story performed without words by actors using only gestures; (v.) to express in this way
pessimist
(n.) one who believes or expects the worst; prophet of doom
precaution
(n.) care taken beforehand; a step or action taken to prevent something from happening
prosecute
(v.) to bring before a court of law for trial; to carry out
puncture
(n.) a small hole made by a sharp object; (v.) to make such a hole, pierce
retaliate
(v.) to get revenge; to strike back for an injury
sham
(adj.) fake, not genuine; (n.) something false pretending to be genuine; a pretender; a decorated pillow covering; (v.) to pretend
uncouth
(adj.) unrefined, crude; awkward or clumsy
underscore
(v.) to draw a line under; to put special emphasis on; (n.) a line drawn under something
wholesome
(adj.) healthy; morally and socially sound and good; helping to bring about or preserve good health
wistful
(adj.) full of melancholy yearning or longing, sad, pensive