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Wordlywise Grade 6 - List 2

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effect
a change which is a result or consequence of an action or other cause
leeway
noun (of a ship or plane) sideways drift; a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
victor
noun a combatant who is able to defeat rivals; the contestant who wins the contest
sanctuary
noun a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept; area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing; a shelter from danger or hardship
controversy
noun a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
swivel
noun a coupling (as in a chain) that has one end that turns on a headed pin; verb turn on a pivot
intrigue
noun a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends; a clandestine love affair; verb cause to be interested or curious; form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
tyrant
noun a cruel and oppressive dictator; any person who exercises power in a cruel way; in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it
dissent
noun a difference of opinion; (law) the difference of one judge's opinion from that of the majority; the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent; verb withhold assent; be of different opinions; express opposition through action or words
stench
noun a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
sneer
noun a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls; a contemptuous or scornful remark; verb smile contemptuously; express through a scornful smile
breach
noun a failure to perform some promised act or obligation OR an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification);
disk
noun a flat circular plate; something with a round shape like a flat circular plate; (computer science) a memory device consisting of a flat disk covered with a magnetic coating on which information is stored; sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove; verb draw a harrow over (land)
scale
an instrument for weighing, originally a simple balance
swarm
noun a group of many insects; a moving crowd; verb move in large numbers; be teeming, be abuzz
boycott
noun a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies; verb refuse to sponsor; refuse to do business with
stampede
noun a headlong rush of people on a common impulse; a wild headlong rush of frightened animals (horses or cattle); verb run away in a stampede; cause to run in panic; act, usually en masse, hurriedly or on an impulse; cause a group or mass of people to act on an impulse or hurriedly and impulsively
expedition
noun a journey organized for a particular purpose; a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country; an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose; a journey taken for pleasure; the property of being prompt and efficient
peninsula
noun a large mass of land projecting into a body of water
fiber
noun a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth; a slender and greatly elongated solid substance; the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions
shroud
noun a line that suspends the harness from the canopy of a parachute; burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped; (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind; verb wrap in a shroud; cover as if with a shroud; form a cover like a shroud
council
noun a meeting of people for consultation; a body serving in an administrative capacity
skirmish
noun a minor short-term fight; verb engage in a skirmish
hatch
noun a movable barrier covering a hatchway; shading consisting of multiple crossing lines; the production of young from an egg; verb emerge from the eggs; draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper; devise or invent
brawl
noun a noisy fight in a crowd; an uproarious party; verb to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
exploit
noun a notable achievement; verb use or manipulate to one's advantage; draw from; make good use of; work excessively hard
prejudice
noun a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation; verb influence (somebody's) opinion in advance; disadvantage by prejudice
lull
noun a period of calm weather; a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished; verb become quiet or less intensive; calm by deception; make calm or still
sentinel
noun a person employed to watch for something to happen
substitute
noun a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another; an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced; someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult); verb put in the place of another;
immigrant
noun a person who comes to a country where they were not born in order to settle there
gait
noun a person's manner of walking; a horse's manner of moving; the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
buffet
noun a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers; a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves; usually inexpensive bar; verb strike, beat repeatedly; strike against forcefully
terrain
noun a piece of ground having specific characteristics or military potential
scour
noun a place that is scoured (especially by running water); verb rub hard or scrub; examine minutely; rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid; clean with hard rubbing
affection
noun a positive feeling of liking
opportunity
noun a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
supplement
noun a quantity added (e.g. to make up for a deficiency)
grudge
noun a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; verb accept or admit unwillingly; bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings
haven
noun a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary; a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
predicament
noun a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
resource
noun a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed; the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems; available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
jeopardy
noun a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
knack
noun a special way of doing something
ecstasy
noun a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion; a state of elated bliss; street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
budget
noun a summary of intended expenditures along with proposals for how to meet them; a sum of money allocated for a particular purpose; verb make a budget
vicinity
noun a surrounding or nearby region
vat
noun a tax levied on the difference between a commodity's price before taxes and its cost of production; a large open vessel for holding or storing liquids
loom
noun a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile; verb appear very large or occupy a commanding position; come into view indistinctly, often threateningly; hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
peril
noun a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; a source of danger
bluster
noun a violent gusty wind OR verb blow hard OR act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner; show off
expanse
noun a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky; a wide scope; the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary
revenge
noun action taken in return for an injury or offense; verb take revenge for a perceived wrong
construct
put together out of components or parts
recount
noun an additional (usually a second) count; especially of the votes in a close election; verb count again; narrate or give a detailed account of
glare
noun an angry stare; great brightness; a focus of public attention; verb shine intensely; be sharply reflected; look at with a fixed gaze
pedestal
noun an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue); a position of great esteem (and supposed superiority); a support or foundation
territory
noun an area of knowledge or interest; the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
garment
noun an article of clothing; verb provide with clothes or put clothes on
blunder
noun an embarrassing mistake; verb utter impulsively; make one's way clumsily or blindly; commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake
transport
the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials; something that serves as a means of transportation
factor
noun an independent variable in statistics; anything that contributes causally to a result
fee
noun an interest in land capable of being inherited; a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services; verb give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on
exhibit
noun an object or statement produced before a court of law and referred to while giving evidence; something shown to the public; verb show an attribute, property, knowledge, or skill; walk ostentatiously; to show, make visible or apparent; show or demonstrate something to an interested audience
campaign
noun an overland journey by hunters OR several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal OR a race between candidates for elective office OR verb go on a campaign
awe
noun an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration; a profound emotion inspired by a deity; verb inspire awe in
ceremony
noun any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way; the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion; a formal event performed on a special occasion
fuse
noun any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant; an electrical device that can interrupt the flow of electrical current when it is overloaded; verb make liquid or plastic by heating; become plastic or fluid or liquefied from heat; equip with a fuse; provide with a fuse; mix together different elements
posture
noun characteristic way of bearing one's body; the arrangement of the body and its limbs; capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war; a rationalized mental attitude; verb assume a posture as for artistic purposes; behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others
apparel
noun clothing in general; verb provide with clothes or put clothes on
attire
noun clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; verb put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
velocity
noun distance travelled per unit time
trace
a just detectable amount; a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image;
rigor
noun excessive sternness; something hard to endure; the quality of being logically valid
anguish
noun extreme mental distress; extreme distress of body or mind; verb suffer great pains or distress; cause emotional anguish or make miserable
leisure
noun freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity; time available for ease and relaxation
conserve
noun fruit preserved by cooking with sugar; verb preserve with sugar; use cautiously and frugally; keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change
consequence
noun having important effects or influence; the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual; a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
custody
noun holding by the police; (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child; a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
gripe
noun informal terms for objecting; verb complain
woe
noun intense mournfulness; misery resulting from affliction
stifle
noun joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee; verb smother or suppress; be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; conceal or hide
eclipse
noun one celestial body obscures another; verb cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention; cause an eclipse of; of celestial bodies; exceed in importance; outweigh
consent
noun permission to do something; verb give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
priority
noun preceding in time; status established in order of importance or urgency
rodent
noun relatively small gnawing animals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
scoff
noun showing your contempt by derision; verb treat with contemptuous disregard; laugh at with contempt and derision
skeptic
noun someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
segregate
noun someone who is or has been segregated; verb separate or isolate (one thing) from another and place in a group apart from others; divide from the main body or mass and collect; separate by race or religion; practice a policy of racial segregation
adversary
noun someone who offers opposition
hoax
noun something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage; verb subject to a playful hoax or joke
marvel
noun something that causes feelings of wonder; verb express astonishment or surprise about something; be amazed at
squalor
noun sordid dirtiness
exhaust
noun system consisting of the parts of an engine through which burned gases or steam are discharged; gases ejected from an engine as waste products; verb wear out completely; use up the whole supply of; create a vacuum in (a bulb, flask, reaction vessel); use up (resources or materials); deplete
haul
noun the act of drawing or hauling something; the quantity that was caught; verb transport in a vehicle; draw slowly or heavily
clasp
noun the act of grasping; a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together; verb hold firmly and tightly; grasp firmly; fasten with a buckle or buckles; fasten with or as if with a brooch
graze
noun the act of grazing; a superficial abrasion; verb scrape gently; break the skin (of a body part) by scraping; eat lightly, try different dishes; feed as in a meadow or pasture; let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
salvage
noun the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire; the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction; property or goods saved from damage or destruction; verb collect discarded or refused material; save from ruin, destruction, or harm