100 terms

Wordlywise Grade 7 - List 1

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abate
(V) become less in amount or intensity
abduct
(V) take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
agent
a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations; OR a substance that exerts some force or effect;
sovereign
Ability of a state to govern its territory free from control of its internal affairs by other states.
epidemic
adj. (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously; noun a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time
personable
adj. (of persons) pleasant in appearance and personality
sacred
adj. (often followed by `to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person; concerned with religion or religious purposes; worthy of respect or dedication; made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use; worthy of religious veneration
adequate
adj. (sometimes followed by `to') meeting the requirements especially of a task; about average; acceptable; enough to meet a purpose
receptive
adj. able to absorb liquid (not repellent); open to arguments, ideas, or change; ready or willing to receive favorably; of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system
competent
adj. adequate for the purpose; properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
sham
adj. adopted in order to deceive; noun something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be; a person who makes deceitful pretenses; verb make believe with the intent to deceive; make a pretence of
prospective
adj. anticipated for the near future; concerned with or related to the future
plausible
adj. apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful; given to or characterized by presenting specious arguments
rustic
adj. awkwardly simple and provincial; characteristic of the fields or country; used of idealized country life; characteristic of rural life; noun an unsophisticated country person
mythical
adj. based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity
ultimate
adj. being the last or concluding element of a series; furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme; noun the finest or most superior quality of its kind
delectable
adj. capable of arousing desire; extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
vulnerable
adj. capable of being wounded or hurt; susceptible to criticism or persuasion or temptation; susceptible to attack
blithe
adj. carefree and happy and lighthearted; lacking or showing a lack of due concern
vigilant
adj. carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger
dismal
adj. causing dejection
obnoxious
adj. causing disapproval or protest
grievous
adj. causing or marked by grief or anguish; causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; shockingly brutal or cruel; of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
industrious
adj. characterized by hard work and perseverance; working hard to promote an enterprise
buoyant
adj. characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness; tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas
strenuous
adj. characterized by or performed with much energy or force; taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance
grueling
adj. characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
urgent
adj. compelling immediate action
devoid
adj. completely lacking; completely wanting or lacking
blatant
adj. conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry; without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
permanent
adj. continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place; not capable of being reversed or returned to the original condition; noun a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals
desolate
adj. crushed by grief; providing no shelter or sustenance; verb devastate or ravage; reduce in population; leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
murky
adj. dark or gloomy; (of especially liquids) clouded as with sediment
deceased
adj. dead; noun someone who is no longer alive
distraught
adj. deeply agitated especially from emotion
lethargic
adj. deficient in alertness or activity
stringent
adj. demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
capricious
adj. determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; changeable
devious
adj. deviating from a straight course; indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading; characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive
devout
adj. devoutly religious; earnest
arduous
adj. difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill; characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance
prior
adj. earlier in time; noun the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot
lax
adj. emptying easily or excessively; lacking in rigor or strictness; not taut or rigid; not stretched or held tight; pronounced with muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet'); lacking in strength or firmness or resilience
derogatory
adj. expressive of low opinion
derelict
adj. failing in what duty requires; in deplorable condition; forsaken by owner or keeper; worn and broken down by hard use; noun a person unable to support himself; a ship abandoned on the high seas
subtle
adj. faint and difficult to analyze; able to make fine distinctions; working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind
incident
adj. falling or striking of light rays on something; (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence; noun a single distinct event; a public disturbance
irate
adj. feeling or showing extreme anger
staunch
adj. firm and dependable especially in loyalty; verb stop the flow of a liquid
conclusive
adj. forming an end or termination; especially putting an end to doubt or question; final and deciding; expressing finality with no implication of possible change
lush
adj. full of juice; produced or growing in extreme abundance; characterized by extravagance and profusion; noun a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
acrid
adj. harsh or corrosive in tone; strong and sharp; "the pungent taste of radishes"
ponderous
adj. having great mass and weight and unwieldiness; labored and dull; slow and laborious because of weight
irrelevant
adj. having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
illustrious
adj. having or conferring glory; widely known and esteemed; having or worthy of pride
haughty
adj. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
proficient
adj. having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
scrupulous
adj. having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong; principled; characterized by extreme care and great effort
mottled
adj. having spots or patches of color
adverse
adj. in an opposing direction; contrary to your interests or welfare
dilapidated
adj. in deplorable condition
consecutive
adj. in regular succession without gaps; one after the other; successive (without a break); adv. in a consecutive manner
inevitable
adj. incapable of being avoided or prevented; invariably occurring or appearing; noun an unavoidable event
invincible
adj. incapable of being overcome or subdued
preposterous
adj. incongruous; inviting ridicule
eerie
adj. inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening; suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious
formidable
adj. inspiring fear; extremely impressive in strength or excellence
intrepid
adj. invulnerable to fear or intimidation
illiterate
adj. lacking culture, especially in language and literature; not able to read or write; uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field; noun a person unable to read
ungainly
adj. lacking grace in movement or posture; difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
scanty
adj. lacking in amplitude or quantity; noun short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)
predatory
adj. living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey; living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain; characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding
negligent
adj. marked by insufficient care or attention; characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern
wary
adj. marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
astute
adj. marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
impetuous
adj. marked by violent force; characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
principal
adj. most important element; noun the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account; the educator who has executive authority for a school; capital as contrasted with the income derived from it; the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated; an actor who plays a principal role
nimble
adj. moving quickly and lightly; mentally quick
alternative
adj. necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities; pertaining to unconventional choices; allowing a choice; noun one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
unwitting
adj. not aware or knowing; unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge; not intentional
authentic
adj. not counterfeit or copied; conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief
incredulous
adj. not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
inanimate
adj. not endowed with life; belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things; appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse
trifling
adj. not worth considering; noun the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
lethal
adj. of an instrument of certain death
toxic
adj. of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison
canine
adj. of or relating to or characteristic of members of the family Canidae; of or relating to a pointed conical tooth; noun any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles; one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars
momentous
adj. of very great significance
candid
adj. openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared; characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
aquatic
adj. operating or living or growing in water; relating to or consisting of or being in water; noun a plant that lives in or on water
congested
adj. overfull as with blood
premiere
adj. preceding all others in time; noun the first public performance of a play or movie; verb perform a work for the first time; be performed for the first time
exuberant
adj. produced or growing in extreme abundance; unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings; joyously unrestrained
lucrative
adj. producing a sizeable profit
foster
adj. providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties; noun United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864); verb help develop, help grow; bring up under fosterage; of children; promote the growth of
aloof
adj. remote in manner; adv. in an aloof manner
compulsory
adj. required by rule
robust
adj. rough and crude; physically strong; strong enough to withstand or overcome intellectual challenges or adversity; marked by richness and fullness of flavor
precise
adj. sharply exact or accurate or delimited; (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct
impartial
adj. showing lack of favoritism; free from undue bias or preconceived opinions
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