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Mrs. Erin Gilbert's English Vocab- MCMS

Mrs. Erin Gilbert's English Vocab- MCMS Kokomo, IN
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advocate
n. one who pleads anothers cause or in support of something
v. to support a cause
agile
adj. quick and easy movement; adv. agilely
analogy
n. similarity between unlike things
anarchy
n. lack of government or order
apprehend
v. to capture or arrest
articulate
v. able to speak effectively
assimilate
v. to take in and make part of oneself
attribute
v. belonging to, produced by, or resulting from
n. something that is thought of as belonging to a person or thing, such as a quality or characteristics
audacious
adj. 1) not showing fear, recklessly bold; 2) not showing respect
awry
adv. twisted or turned to one side; off the right course; wrong
banter
v. to tease playfully
benign
adj. 1) good natured, kindly; 2) not life threatening
bizarre
adj. odd, grotesque
bountiful
adj. existing in plenty; abundant
cache
n. a hiding place, especially for provisions or treasures
caption
n. a title or written description for a picture
clarify
v. to make more understandable
commemorate
v. to honor the memory of; celebrate
component
n. an essential part or ingredient; adj. being essential part or ingredient
confiscate
v. to take by authority
conscientious
adj. guided by ones conscience
crucial
adj. likely to decide or help decide a contest or conflict or be a turning point; critical
crusade
n. any vigorous campaign for the advancement of a cause or against something seen as evil
culminate
v. to bring to a close or to the highest point; complete; climax
decipher
v. to make out the meaning of something; to interpret or translate
defect
n. an imperfection, flaw, or weakness; fault blemish
desist
v. to cease some action; stop
desolate
adj. 1) lacking inhabitants; deserted; 2) left alone; 3) miserable cheerless; dreary
deter
v. to discourage from acting or going ahead, especially by arousing fear or doubt
disgruntled
v. to put in a bad humor; make dissatisfied, displeased, or cross
disposition
n. a person's general or usual way of acting, thinking, or feeling
durable
adj. able to resist wear or decay; able to resist change or stress; stable
embark
v. to begin or set out, as on an adventure
endeavor
n. a serious attempt to do or accomplish something; effort
enhance
v. to make greater, as in quality or value; heighten
evolve
v. to undergo gradual development or growth
exceptional
adj. out of the ordinary; unusual; extraordinary
excerpt
n. a passage or scene selected from a larger work
excruciating
adj. causing extreme pain or suffering; agonizing torturous
exemplify
v. to serve as a model or example; show by example
fallacy
n. a false or mistaken belief; misconception
feasible
adj. capable of being done or carried out; capable of being used; successfully
flustered
v. to cause to be embarrassed or nervous; agitate or confuse
formidable
adj. causing fear, dread, or awe; difficult to deal with or do
gingerly
adv. with extreme caution; carefully; timidly
grapple
v. to seize or hold with a grappling iron to get to another building
gullible
adj. believing or trusting in almost anything; easily tricked, cheated, or duped
hindrance
n. a person or thing that delays or makes it difficult to move or progress; the act of delaying or making it difficult to move or progress
hover
v. to remain suspended in the air over or around a particular spot; to linger or remain nearby
humane
adj. having or showing sympathy and compassion; kind; merciful (feeling bad for someone/something)
imperative
adj. not to be avoided; absolutely neccesary; urgent; expressing a command
incense
n. 1) any of several substances that produce a fragrant aroma when burned
indifferent
adj. having or showing a lack of feeling, concern, or care
instill
v. to put in or introduce gradually or little by little
intricate
adj. very involved or complicated; difficult to understand
irascible
adj. easily irritated or made angry, irritable
jurisdiction
n. the legal right to exercise authority, especially the authority to interpret or apply the law
lucrative
adj. bringing money or profit; profitable
luminous
adj. sending out light of its own; shining, full of light; bright; clear to the mind; easily understood
minimize
v. to reduce to the smallest amount or degree; make as small as possible; to treat as being of little importance or value
modify
v. to change or alter
muster
v. to call forth from within oneself; collect or summon; to gather or call together
ornate
adj. having much decoration
ovation
n. an enthusiastic burst of applause or other demonstration of public approval
perspective
n. 1) the technique of representing objects on a flat surface to appear in three dimensions, depth, and distance; 2) a point of view with relation of events, ideas, facts, to one another
phenomenon
n. a person or thing that is extraordinary or remarkable
plausible
adj. seeming to be true, honest, or worthy of trust
plunder
v. to loot or rob, as during a war; to take goods or valuables by force
preposterous
adj. contrary (against) to reason or common sense; absurd; ridiculous
prodigy
n. an extremely gifted or talented person, especially a child; something that causes wonder or amazement
proficient
adj. highly skilled; expert
pseudonym
n. a fictional name, especially one used by and author as a pen name
pungent
adj. sharp and stinging taste or smell
rational
adj. 1) conforming to reason; sensible; 2) able to think clearly; sane
recourse
n. 1) a turning or appealing to a person or thing for help or protection
renounce
v. to refuse to recognize or accept as one's own; disown; to give up; abandon
renown
n. widespread reputation; fame
revenue
n. the property or other investments or activities; the annual or current income of a government from taxation and other sources
rue
v. 1) to feel sorrow or remorse for regret; n. 2) any large family of strong smelling plants, having yellow flowers
sedative
n. a drug or medicine that lessens, nervousness, excitement, or distress
serene
adj. peaceful; calm; tranquil
sleek
adj. smooth and glossy, healthy and well-groomed
spontaneous
adj. arising from or caused by a natural impulse or desire
sporadic
adj. beginning from time to time; occasional
stamina
n. the moral or physical ability to withstand fatigue, disease, or a hardship; endurance
subside
v. to sink to a low or lower level, especially to the normal or usual level
succumb
v. to give way; yield; to die
surpass
v. to go beyond; be better than; excel
susceptible
adj. easily affected or influenced by; sensitive
tedious
adj. causing weariness and boredom because of length, dullness, or the like; boring
tirade
n. a long, strongly expressed or very emotional speech
transition
n. a passage from one state, position, condition, or activity to another
trepidation
n. nervous or fearful anticipation; anxiety
turbulent
adj. commotion, disorder, or violence; not calm or smooth; agitated
ultimate
adj. 1) greatest possible, 2) coming at the end; final
ungainly
adj. not graceful; awkward; clumsy
vie
v. to be rivals; compete
vilify
v. to speak of or write evil of; slander
voracious
adj. 1) eating or craving a large amount of food; ravenous; 2) unable to be satisfied in some activity
wrangle
v. 1) to argue or dispute especially in a noisy or angry manner; 2) in the United States, to herd, round up, or tend horses or other livestock