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8th grade SPELLING BEE words

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Rutabaga
n. European plant with a thick edible bulbous root
supplement
n. and v. quantity added (e.g. to make up for a deficiency)
patience
adj. good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
centennial
n. the 100th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
financier
n. an expert or one clever at handling stocks, bonds, investments, and other money matters
larynx
n. voice box; passageway for air moving from pharynx to trachea; contains vocal cords
accomplice
n. a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)
photosynthesis
n. process by which plants use the sun's energy to convert water and carbon dioxide into sugars
ineffable
adj. incapable of being expressed (b/c too wonderful)
fallacy
n. a false or mistaken idea
psychoanalysis
n. A set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders
vengeance
n. punishment in return for an injury or a wrong; unusual force or violence (a BAD idea that harms the one perpetrating it -- one should only 'get back' or 'get even' w/ those who have helped one)
aggrandizement
an increase in rank or wealth; growth in power (usu. falsely exaggerated)
labyrinth
n. a very complicated maze
cajolery
n. strong persuasion by flattery; wheedling; coaxing
rotisserie
n. a turning device on which food is cooked (restaurant that serves food cooked this way)
omniscient
adj. All-knowing (Ms. Fong!)
circuitous
adj. indirect, ROUNDabout
pigeon
n. slang for tattle-tale; 'rat w/ wings', rock dove;
competitive
adj. characterized by rivalry.
scholarship
n. 1. studious attention to learning; 2. financial aid provided to a student on the basis of academic merit
apprentice
n. A person who works for another in order to learn a trade
exhaust
1. v. to wear out completely 2. n. gases ejected from an engine as waste products
monopolize
v. to have and control fully and exclusively
scruple
n. an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action
agricultural
adj. relating to farming or rural things
encore
n. 1) an extra or repeated performance 2) again (French word)
suburban
adj. relating to or characteristic of the area just outside a big city
quarantine
n./v. isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease
oblige
v. to force or compel somebody to do something
hysterical
adj. 1. uncontrollably emotional; 2. super funny (slang)
miraculous
adj. performed by or involving a supernatural power or agency
affiliation
n. a link or association w/ s.o./s.t.
subterranean
adj. underground
luxury
n. something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity; a lifestyle filled with overconsumption
indelible
adj. impossible to be removed, washed away or erased
anticoagulant
n. a drug that prevents clotting of the blood
conundrum
n. a hard puzzle; riddle; difficult problem
palatable
adj. acceptable to the taste or mind
analogize
v. to make a comparison of two things -- show their similiarity in some way/trait
infatuation
n. foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration
enfranchise
v. to give the vote and/or grant freedom to
analgesia
n. condition of being unable to feel pain
latitudinarian
(n) a person who is broad-minded and tolerant; one who displays freedom in thinking, especially in religious matters
adieu
n. "farewell;" a farewell (from the French word)
paramecium
n. a protozoan (very small animal) that moves by using the hair-like cilia around its body
adjudicate
v. 1. to put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge; 2. to bring an end to s.t.
calisthenics
n. light exercise designed to promote general fitness
brigadier
n. a general officer ranking below a major general
anemone
n. marine polyps that resemble flowers but have oral rings of tentacles