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Wordlywise Grade 7 - List 2

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indifferent
adj. showing no care or concern in attitude or action;
canny
adj. showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
legendary
adj. so celebrated as to having taken on the nature of a legend; celebrated in fable or legend
prostrate
adj. stretched out and lying at full length along the ground; lying face downward; verb render helpless or defenseless; throw down flat, as on the ground; get into a prostrate position, as in submission
strait
adj. strict and severe; noun a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water; a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
exotic
adj. strikingly strange or unusual; being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world
aghast
adj. struck with fear, dread, or consternation
bleak
adj. unpleasantly cold and damp; offering little or no hope; providing no shelter or sustenance
mortal
adj. unrelenting and deadly; subject to death; causing or capable of causing death; involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death; noun a human being
loath
adj. unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom; (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed
menial
adj. used of unskilled work (especially domestic work); noun a domestic servant
tedious
adj. using or containing too many words; so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
lavish
adj. very generous; characterized by extravagance and profusion; verb expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
sleek
adj. well-groomed and neatly tailored; especially too well-groomed; having a smooth, gleaming surface; designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow; verb make slick or smooth
unscathed
adj. wholly unharmed
docile
adj. willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed; easily handled or managed; ready and willing to be taught
impromptu
adj. with little or no preparation or forethought; adv. without advance preparation; noun an extemporaneous speech or remark; a short musical passage that seems to have been made spontaneously without advance preparation
headlong
adj. with the head foremost; excessively quick; adv. with the head foremost; in a hasty and foolhardy manner; at breakneck speed
ruthless
adj. without mercy or pity
bounty
generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely; payment or reward (especially from a government) for acts such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or enlisting in the military; the property of copious abundance
ballast
give stability to (a ship) by putting a heavy substance in its bilge
naive
lacking sophistication or experience
fathom
noun (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore; a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth; verb measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line; come to understand
sacrifice
noun (sacrifice) an out that advances the base runners; the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity; personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective); a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value; the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.; verb kill or destroy; make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals; endure the loss of; sell at a loss
abyss
noun a bottomless gulf or pit
figment
noun a contrived or fantastic idea
detriment
noun a damage or loss
casualty
noun a decrease of military personnel or equipment; someone injured or killed in an accident; someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement; an accident that causes someone to die
fluster
noun a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset; verb cause to be nervous or upset; be flustered; behave in a confused manner
distinction
noun a distinguishing difference; a distinguishing quality; a discrimination between things as different and distinct; high status importance owing to marked superiority
counterpart
noun a duplicate copy; a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another
smolder
noun a fire that burns with thick smoke but no flame; verb burn slowly and without a flame; have strong suppressed feelings
garrison
noun a fortified military post where troops are stationed; the troops who maintain and guard a fortified place; United States abolitionist who published an anti-slavery journal (1805-1879); verb station (troops) in a fort or garrison
verge
noun a grass border along a road; the limit beyond which something happens or changes; a ceremonial or emblematic staff; a region marking a boundary; verb border on; come close to
maul
noun a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges; verb injure badly by beating; split (wood) with a maul and wedges
estimate
noun a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody; an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; the respect with which a person is held; a statement indicating the likely cost of some job; a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation); verb judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); judge to be probable
throng
noun a large gathering of people; verb press tightly together or cram
warble
noun a lumpy abscess under the hide of domestic mammals caused by larvae of a botfly or warble fly; verb sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below; sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
era
noun a major division of geological time; an era is usually divided into two or more periods; a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event; (baseball) a measure of a pitcher's effectiveness; calculated as the average number of earned runs allowed by the pitcher for every nine innings pitched
nomad
noun a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons
compromise
noun a middle way between two extremes; an accommodation in which both sides make concessions; verb settle by concession; make a compromise; arrive at a compromise; expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
medley
noun a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
bias
noun a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation; verb cause to be biased; influence in an unfair way
respite
noun a pause from doing something (as work); a pause for relaxation; the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment; an interruption in the intensity or amount of something; a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort; verb postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
benefactor
noun a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
ghetto
noun a poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions; formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live; any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping
incentive
noun a positive motivational influence; an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output
bigot
noun a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own
hoard
noun a secret store of valuables or money; verb save up as for future use; get or gather together
flourish
noun a showy gesture; an ornamental embellishment in writing; verb grow stronger; move or swing back and forth; gain in wealth
omen
noun a sign of something about to happen; verb indicate by signs
plight
noun a solemn pledge of fidelity; a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one; verb promise solemnly and formally; give to in marriage
solitude
noun a solitary place; a state of social isolation; a disposition toward being alone
privilege
noun a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all; (law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship; a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right); verb bestow a privilege upon
species
noun a specific kind of something; (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
rapture
noun a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion; a state of elated bliss
prowess
noun a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
zest
noun a tart spicy quality; vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment; verb add herbs or spices to
theme
noun a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work; (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; an essay (especially one written as an assignment); the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; verb provide with a particular theme or motive
retort
noun a vessel where substances are distilled or decomposed by heat; a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); verb answer back
mentor
noun a wise and trusted guide and advisor; verb serve as a teacher or trusted counselor
garland
noun a wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration OR a prize or distinction OR (V) decorate with a garland
assent
noun agreement with a statement or proposal to do something; verb to agree or express agreement
attribute
noun an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity; a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; verb attribute or credit to; decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
reprimand
noun an act or expression of criticism and censure; verb rebuke formally; censure severely or angrily
maneuver
noun an action aimed at evading an opponent; a move made to gain a tactical end; a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; a military training exercise; a plan for attaining a particular goal; verb act in order to achieve a certain goal; perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense; direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
plague
noun an annoyance; any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God); any epidemic disease with a high death rate; a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal; a swarm of insects that attack plants; verb annoy continually or chronically; cause to suffer a blight
component
noun an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; an abstract part of something; something determined in relation to something that includes it
clamber
noun an awkward climb; verb climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
incline
noun an inclined surface connecting two levels; an elevated geological formation; verb lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow; bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well; make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief; be at an angle; have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
stint
noun an individuals prescribed share of work; smallest American sandpiper; an unbroken period of time during which you do something; verb supply sparingly and with restricted quantities; subsist on a meager allowance
haggle
noun an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining); verb wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)
probe
noun an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity; verb question or examine thoroughly and closely;
whim
noun an odd or fanciful or capricious idea; a sudden desire
obsession
noun an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone; an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions against your will
trek
noun any long and difficult trip; a journey by ox wagon (especially an organized migration by a group of settlers); verb make a long and difficult journey; journey on foot, especially in the mountains
citrus
noun any of numerous fruits of the genus Citrus having thick rind and juicy pulp; grown in warm regions; any of numerous tropical usually thorny evergreen trees of the genus Citrus having leathery evergreen leaves and widely cultivated for their juicy edible fruits having leathery aromatic rinds
monitor
noun any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles; a piece of electronic equipment that keeps track of the operation of a system continuously and warns of trouble; electronic equipment that is used to check the quality or content of electronic transmissions; display produced by a device that takes signals and displays them on a television screen or a computer monitor; an ironclad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with the Merrimac; someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided; someone who supervises (an examination); verb keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance
sphere
noun any spherically shaped artifact; the geographical area in which one nation is very influential; a three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center; a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses); a particular environment or walk of life; a particular aspect of life or activity; the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
necessity
noun anything indispensable; the condition of being essential or indispensable
wrath
noun belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins); intense anger (usually on an epic scale)
cope
noun brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall; verb come to terms or deal successfully with
acclaim
noun enthusiastic approval; verb praise vociferously
impunity
noun exemption from punishment or loss
consternation
noun fear resulting from the awareness of danger
abode
noun housing that someone is living in
authority
noun official permission or approval; the power or right to give orders or make decisions; an authoritative written work; an expert whose views are taken as definitive; (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; an administrative unit of government
pioneer
noun one the first colonists or settler in a new territory; someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art; verb open up and explore a new area; open up an area or prepare a way; take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
heed
noun paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); verb pay close attention to; give heed to
initiate
noun people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field; someone new to a field or activity; verb take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; accept young people into society, usually with some rite; prepare the way for; bring up a topic for discussion; bring into being
toil
noun productive work (especially physical work done for wages); verb work hard
homage
noun respectful deference
latitude
noun scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction; the angular distance between an imaginary line around a heavenly body parallel to its equator and the equator itself; an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator; freedom from normal restraints in conduct
hovel
noun small crude shelter used as a dwelling
addict
noun someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance;
pander
noun someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce); verb arrange for sexual partners for others; yield (to); give satisfaction to
complement
noun something added to complete or make perfect; either of two parts that mutually complete each other; a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction; number needed to make up a whole force; a complete number or quantity; one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response; verb make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to
badger
noun sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws widely distributed in the northern hemisphere; a native or resident of Wisconsin; verb persuade through constant efforts; annoy persistently
delicacy
noun subtly skillful handling of a situation; smallness of stature; refined taste; tact; lightness in movement or manner; the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance; lack of physical strength; something considered choice to eat
orbit
noun the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another; the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom; an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball; a particular environment or walk of life; verb move in an orbit