20 terms

Unit 7 Vocabulary, Grade 8

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Convey
(v.) to transport; to transmit; to communicate, make known; to transfer ownership or title to
Waver
(v.) to move to and fro, become unsteady; to show lack of firmness or decision
Belittle
(v.) to make something appear smaller than it to refer to in a way that suggests lack of importance
Wallow
(v.) To roll about in a lazy, clumsy, or helpless way; to overindulge in; to have in abundance; (n.) a wet, muddy or dusty area used by animals as a sort of bath; a state of moral or physical collapse
Exotic
(adj.) Foreign; charmingly unfamiliar or strikingly unusual.
Stance
(n.) A way of holding the body; an attitude or position on an issue
Doctrine
(noun) A belief, principle, or teaching; a system of such beliefs or principles; a formulation of such beliefs or principles
Ravage
(v.) To destroy, lay waste, ruin; (n.) Ruinous damage, destruction
Acme
(n.) The highest point
Turncoat
(n.) A person who switches to an opposing side or party.
Parry
(v.) To ward off, fend off, deflect, evade, avoid; (n.) a defensive movement in fencing and other sports.
Unassuming
(adj.) Not putting on airs, unpretentious; modest
Attribute
(n.) A quality or characteristic belonging to or associated with someone or something; (v.) To assign to, credit with; to regard as caused by or resulting form
Predatory
(adj.) Preying on, plundering, or piratical
Excise
(v.) To remove by cutting; (n.) an indirect tax on the manufacture, sale, or distribution of a commodity or service
Tawdry
(adj.) Showy and flashy but lacking in good taste
Jaunty
(adj.) Lively, easy, and carefree in manner; smart or trim in appearance
Menial
(adj.) lowly, humble, lacking importance or dignity; (n.) a person who does the humble and unpleasant tasks
Juncture
(n.) a joining together; the point at which two things are joined; any important point in time
Haggard
(adj.) thin, pale, and careworn as a result of worry or suffering; wild-looking