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8th Grade Vocabulary Words

Vocabulary study guides for our set of 8th grade vocabulary words, plus Greek and Latin base/prefixes
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alliteration
the repetition of initial sounds
allusion
a reference to a well-known person, place, thing, or idea
analogy
a comparison of two or more similar objects
antagonist
a character that opposes the main character
bibliography
a list of written sources of information
main character
the most important figure in a story
minor characters
the "support cast" in a story
dynamic character
a character in the story that changes
static character
a character that does not change
climax
the most important part of the story; the turning point
conflict
a struggle between opposing forces
dialogue
the conversation that occurs within a story
clutch
to clasp or hold tightly
prodigy
a person with exceptional talent
liable
likely to
sidekick
a close friend
crouch
to stoop down with bent knees
acute
sharp or keen
conceive
to think of
vex
to disturb or annoy
amor
love
anthrop
man
aster, astr
star
aud
to listen or hear
auto, aut
self
bibl
book
bio
life
carn
flesh
chron
time
chrom
color
cide
kill
cise
cut
cord, cor, card
heart
corp
body
cycl, cyclo
wheel
dem
people
derm
skin
dic, dict
say, speak
dorm
sleep
equi
equal
stifled
smothered
crevice
crack
stealthily
cautiously, secretly
audacity
shameless daring or boldness
fin
end, finished
flex, flect
bend
fort, forc
strong
fract, frag
break
vehemently
with intense emotion
derision
ridicule; make fun of
hypocritical
to say one thing but mean another
lark
a carefree or spirited adventure
geo
earth
helio
sun
graph
write
hemo, hema
blood
junction
a place where two roads meet
sinister
suggesting or threatening evil
assurance
a guarantee or pledge
monotony
tedious sameness
impromptu
unplanned
ajar
partially open
tentatively
uncertainly or hesitantly
tremor
nervous trembling; shaking
commence
to begin
hetero
different
hydr, hydro, hydra
water
hypn
sleep
loc, loco
place
fiction
writing from the writer's imagination
figurative language
using figures of speech to heighten meaning; simile, metaphor, and alliteration are examples
flashback
interruption in the narrative to show an episode from the past
micro-
small
numer-
number
omni-
all
phil-
love
phobia
fear
phon
sound
sacr, secr
sacred
sci
to know
spir
breath
tact, tang, tag
touch
terra
earth
therm
heat
uni
one
zo
animal
beckon
to signal to come
gnarled
twisted, roughened as if from age or work
foreshadowing
a hint to the reader of what is to come
ominous
threatening
genre
a category of literature
tangible
able to be seen, touched, and understood
absurd
ridiculously unreasonable
refute
to prove as false
impair
to weaken or damage
proportional
having a constant relationship in degree or number