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Language Arts Vocab

8th grade 20 language arts vocabulary with definitions, parts of speech, and syns/ants.(honors)
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atone
(verb.) to make up for syn: expiate, make amends for
bondage
(noun) slavery; any state of being bound or held down syn: servitude, captivity, subjection, dependence ant: freedom, liberty, independence
credible
(adjective) believable syn:plausible, acceptable, likely ant:unbeliviable, implausible, improbable
defray
(verb) to pay for syn:settle, bear the cost, foot the bill
diligent
(adjective) hardworking, industrious, not lazy syn: assiduous, sedulous ant:lazy, indolent, cursory, perfunctory
doleful
(adjective) sad; dreary syn: sorrowful, mournful, melancholy, dolorous ant: cheerful, blithe, jaunty, buoyant
ghastly
(adjective) frightful, horrible, deathly pale syn: dreadful, appaling, gruesome, grisly ant:pleasant, agrreable, attractive, delightful
hamper
(verb) to hold back syn: hinder, obstruct, impede, inhibit ant: facilitate, ease, smooth the way
hew
(verb) to shape or cut down with an ax; to hold to syn:chop, hack, fell, adhere, conform
impoverished
(adjective) poor, in a state of poverty; depeleted syn: poverty-stricken, destitute, indigent ant:rich,wealthy, afluent, prosperious
incessant
(adjective) never stopping, going on all the time syn: ceaseless, constant, uninterrupted ant: occasional, sporadic, intermittent
intricate
(adjective) complicated; difficult to understand syn: complex, convoluted ant:simple, uninvolved, uncomplicated
lucid
(adj.) easy to understand, clear; rational, sane syn:limpid, intelligible ant:murky, muddy, obscure, unintelligible
posthumous
(adj.) occuring or published after death syn: postmortem ant: prenatal
prim
(adj.) overly neat, precise, proper or formal; prudish syn:fussy, fastidious, squeamish ant: dowdy, frumpy, sloppy, untidy, loose, lax
sardonic
(adj.) grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic syn:caustic, mordant, acerbic, wry ant: bland, mild, saccharine, good-natured
superfluous
(adj.) exceeding what is sufficent or required, excess syn:surplus, supererogtory ant:necessary, essential, vital, indispensable
supplant
(verb) to take the place of, supersede syn: replace, displace, oust
taunt
(verb) to jeer at, mock;(noun) an insulting or mocking remark syn:(v)ridicule, deride ant:(v) cheer, applaud, acclaim
tenacious
(adj) holding fast; holding together firmly; persistent syn: obstinate, stubborn, dogged ant: yielding, weak, gentle, lax, slack