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50 terms

Wordly Wise For Semester 1 Exam

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abhor
to shrink from in disgust; to detest
abrasion
A wearing away by friction
affable
pleasant; approachable; gracious
agile
able to move quickly and easy; nimble
anarchy
total absence of government
anonymous
an unknown source or unrevealed name
anthology
a collection of various writings, such as songs, stories, or poems
avid
having a strong desire for, to the point of greed
banter
to exchange playful, teasing remarks
brusque
abrupt in manner or speech; gruff
clad
clothed or covered
claustrophobia
an abnormal fear of narrow, enclosed spaces
concise
short and to the point
confiscate
to seize, by force if necessary; to take possesion of
daunt
to discourage or intimidate
dehydrate
to remove water from
demean
to cause a lowering of self-esteem; to lower in reputation or character
depict
to give a picture of; to describe
deploy
to arrange troops or equipment in position for battle
despicable
deserving contempt or scorn
despondent
depressed from loss of hope or confidence; utterly discouraged
dire
having terrible consequences; urgent or desperate
disposition
a person's usual mood; temperament
emulate
to try to equal; to imitate
encompass
to enclose or encircle
evoke
to call forth; to produce
excruciating
very painful
extricate
to free from a difficult or tangled situation
gingerly
cautious; very careful
grapple
to struggle with in close combat; to wrestle
grimace
To make a face expressing feelings of pain, disgust, or contempt
inane
empty; shallow or silly
intricate
complicated; having many related details or parts
lackadaiscal
showing little spirit or enthusiasm
languish
to lose hope, strength or vitality because of neglect or bad conditions
meticulous
extremely careful; attentive to small details
mutiny
deliberate refusal to obey orders given by those in command, especially by sailors
negligible
small and unimportant, not worth noticing
pilfer
to steal repeatedly small amounts or things that are little value
profusion
A plentiful supply; a great generous amount
prudent
very careful; showing judgment and wisdom
pseudonym
a fictitious name used by an author; a pen name
recluse
a person who lives apart from society and often alone
resilient
capable of recovering quickly from misfortune
sage
having wisdom and good judgment; an aromatic grayish-green plant used in cooking
serene
calm and untroubled; peaceful
shackle
To prevent freedom or action
spontaneous
Voluntary and unplanned
sporadic
happening occasionally; not regularly
turbulent
chaotic; unruly; stormy; tempestuous