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Word Smart Junior II - Chapter 5

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utopia
n. - a perfect, ideal place; a land where everything is perfect
inferno
n. - a confusing; chaotic place usually on fire; someplace that resembles Hell
cataclysm
n. - a terrible disaster; a violent change in the earth
carcass
n. - the remains of a dead animal
fossil
n. - the bones or remains of an ancient life form
convey
v. - to take from one place to another OR to make something known or understood
proliferate
v. - to multiply and increase at a fast rate; to grow rapidly
magma
n. - liquid rock heated to great temperatures inside Earth's core
siphon
n. - a U-shaped tube used to transfer liquid from one contain to another OR v. - to draw off liquid by using a siphon; to drain in some way
bore
v. - to drill into something, creating a hole
initiative
n. - the first step of an action; the lead OR the ability to start your own projects
fluster
v. - to shake up and make nervous or excited
charisma
n. - an exceptional ability to be liked and admired by a great number of people
rhetoric
n. - the study of how to use language persuasively and expertly OR insincere, snobbish, and boorish speaking or writing
stately
adj. - characterized by formality and dignity impressive due to its size; majestic
industrious
adj. - hard working and consistent
motivate
v. - to provide with an incentive for action; to get things moving
induce
v. - to influence or lead on; to coax OR to cause something to happen
scoundrel
n. - a villain; a wicked person
exile
n. - a person forced to live outside their native country OR v. - to banish someone from his or her native land
meddlesome
adj. - interfering in others' business
DNA
n. - the molecule that is responsible for transmitting characteristics an traits in all life forms (deoxyribonucleic acid)
predecessor
n. - the person who came before another person in time, such as the former person to have a certain job
trait
n. - a recognizable characteristic or feature
gene
n. - a particular section of DNA that determines a particular hereditary characteristic that is passed down from one generation to the next
inference
n. - the act of figuring something out by looking at all the facts OR a conclusion drawn from looking at the facts in a situation
correlation
n. - connection or relationship of different factors or events
notion
n. - an idea of how something should be; an opinion
baleful
adj. - evil or harmful; threatening OR wretched and miserable
sentiment
n. - a general emotion or attitude; an opinion or feeling
megaphone
n. - a funnel-shaped device through which people speak in order to amplify their voices
crevice
n. - a narrow crack or opening, usually in a rock
ventriloquist
n. - someone skilled at projecting his/her voice so that it sounds as if it were coming from someplace else
flank
v. - to move around and attack the side of something; to be placed at the side of another object OR n. - the side of a body, just about the hip
jar
v. - to have an irritating effect; to bother OR to knock off balance; to frighten and upset
ruminate
v. - to spend time thinking about something
muse
v. - to consider for a long time; to meditate on a subject
empathy
n. - the ability to understand another person's feelings or thoughts
directive
n. - an order issued by a central authority
travail
n. - a difficult and painful work; a really tough task
altruistic
adj. - showing concern for the well being of others
refrain
v. - to hold back; to restrain OR n. - a phrase that is repeated throughout a song or poem
evoke
v. - to summon or call forth OR to come to mind because of some type of stimulation or suggestion
stark
adj. - bare; without any decoration or adornment OR adv. - completely and totally
terrain
n. - the surface characteristics of a specific piece of land
apparition
n. - a visible spirit or ghost
elongate
v. - to stretch out or lengthen
distend
v. - to expand or swell due to some form of internal pressure
chronological
adj. - arranged according to time of occurrence, from earliest t latest
regress
v. - to go back to a previous state of development
slacken
v. - to slow down; decrease; to make something less firm or tense
admonish
v. - to scold or criticize in a friendly yet serious way
strive
v. - to put in a great deal of effort and work; to struggle against
panorama
n. - a view of everything over a wide view; a view of a long series of events or a period in time
lush
adj. - covered with a great amount of plant life OR juicy and tender
summit
n. - the highest point, usually the top of a mountain; the peak
confirmation
n. - something that provides proof
definitive
adj. - conclusive; having the ability to remove all doubt and end any debate
conjecture
v. - to make a guess; to form an opinion based on incomplete knowledge OR n. - a statement or opinion based on guesswork
academic
adj. - having to do with school or college
incompetent
adj. - unable to do things correct
ramble
v. - to walk around with no purpose or direction OR to write or speak for a long time, constantly wandering off the topic
contrition
n. - deep regret for doing something wrong
impel
v. - to drive forward; to urge into action
waft
v. - to float gently through the air or on water OR n. - a light breeze or scent
mar
v. - to damage or ruin; to deface
char
v. - to burn until reduced to charcoal or to burn a little
knoll
n. - a small, rounded hill
scorch
v. - to burn the surface of; to burn intensely
sporadic
adj. - happening infrequently or on an irregular basis; having no patter or order
principal
adj. - first in rank or degree
congregate
v. - to assemble; to come together and form a crow
forage
v. - to hunt or search for something
crag
n. - a steep thrust of rock that forms a part of a cliff
yonder
adv. - in or at a place indicated usually by pointing OR adj. - at a distance but within sight
cow
v. - to scare by using force or threats
oration
n. - a formal speech given at a special event
pristine
adj. - remaining in a pure, original state, unspoiled by humanity