25 terms

Knowles 100 words for Middle School #1

A list of 25 of the 100 words middle school students should know
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adversary
someone who offers opposition
apprehensive
mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc
attentive
alert and watchful; paying attention;
Ex. attentive audience; Ex. He was attentive to the old lady; N. attentions: act of courtesy and consideration
barricade
a barrier (usually thrown up hastily so as to impede the advance of an enemy)
brackish
a mixture of freshwater and saltwater
circumference
The distance around a circle
concoction
mixture
contortion
a twisted shape or position
cunning
shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
defiance
open disobedience or resistance
destination
the place to which something or someone is going
disdain
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
dispel
v. to clear away; to remove or get rid of, as if by scattering
egregious
conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
emerge
come out into view, as from concealment
exasperation
irritation, frustration
falter
(v.) to hesitate, stumble, lose courage; to speak hesitatingly; to lose drive, weaken, decline
fragrance
a sweet or pleasant smell
grueling
very tiring, calling for an extreme effort
habitation
the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place (said of both animals and men)
headway
progress toward a destination or goal
illuminate
make lighter or brighter
imperious
Domineering; haughty
jargon
a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
jut
to stick out, to project