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8th Grade English Vocab

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Abdicate(verb)
To give up a position, right, or power
(Synonyms: resign, relinquish, renounce
Antonyms: accept, take on)
Acquiesce(verb)
Accept something reluctantly but without protest
(Synonyms: concede, yield, submit
Antonyms: refuse)
Disparage(verb)
To degrade, to speak of someone or something in a derogatory manner
(Synonyms: denigrate, undervalue, underrate
Antonyms: praise, overrate)
Infamous(adjective)
Being famous for something bad
(Synonyms: notorious, disreputable
Antonyms: reputable, respected)
Prerequisite(noun, adjective)
Something required before hand
(Synonyms: requirement, qualification
Antonyms: none)
Proscribe(verb)
To forbid or prohibit an activity
(Synonyms: prohibit, forbid, disallow
Antonyms: allow, permit, accept, authorize)
Ramification(noun)
A consequence of an action or event, especially when complex or unwelcome
(Synonyms: consequence, result, effect, outcome
Antonyms: cause, origin, source)
Redress(verb)
To remedy or set right
(Synonyms: correct, remedy
Antonyms: damage)
Relinquish(verb)
To voluntarily let go, give up
(Synonyms: renounce, give up, hand over
Antonyms: retain, keep)
Sovereign(noun, adjective)
A king or queen that is a supreme ruler of a country
(Synonyms: ruler, monarch
Antonyms: servant, colony)
Transient(adjective)
Lasting only for a short time; impermanent
(Synonyms: temporary, short-lived, brief
Antonyms: permanent)
Ubiquitous(adjective)
Present or existing everywhere
(Synonyms: pervasive, ever-present, common
Antonyms: rare)
Pervasive(adjective)
Spreading widely throughout an area or group of people
(Synonyms: ubiquitous, prevalent
Antonyms: rare)
Usurp(verb)
To take a position of power or importance illegally or by force
(Synonyms: seize, commandeer, supplant
Antonyms: release, relinquish)
Abolish(verb)
To formally put an end to
(Synonyms: terminate, eradicate, eliminate
Antonyms: Retain, create)
Complicity(noun)
Complicit(adjective)
The state of being involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing
(Synonyms: collusion, conspiracy
Antonyms: none)
Taciturn(adjective)
Tacit(adjective)
Reserved or uncommunicative; saying very little
(Synonyms: reticent, quiet, reserved
Antonyms: talkative, boisterous, garrulous, loquacious)
Subversive(adjective)
Subvert(verb)
Subversion(noun)
Seeking or intending to subvert or overturn an established system or institution
(Synonyms: insurrectionary, inflammatory, seditious, rebellious
Antonyms: loyal, devoted)
Indefatigable(adjective)
Persisting tirelessly
(Synonyms: tireless, determined, tenacious
Antonyms: lazy, irresolute)
Adamant(adjective)
Refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind
(Synonyms: unwavering, uncompromising, resolute, resolved, unrelenting
Ant: flexible, variable)
Alleviate(verb)
Assuage(verb)
To make an unpleasant feeling less intense
(Synonyms: assuage, reduce, ease, relieve, diminish, lessen
Antonyms: aggravate)
Appropriation(noun)
Appropriate(verb)
The action of taking something for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission
(Synonyms: confiscation, sequestration, seizure, requisition
Antonyms: bestowal (which means something given as an honor, right, or gift)
Comity(noun)
Courtesy and considerate behavior toward others
(Synonyms: civility, respectfulness, courteousness
Antonyms: rudeness, disrespectfulness)
Consecrate(verb)
Consecration(noun)
To make or declare (something) sacred.
(Synonyms: sanctify, bless, reserve
Antonyms: desecrate, condemn)
Desecrate(verb)
To treat a sacred place or thing with violent disrespect; violate
(Synonyms: debase, degrade, dishonor
Antonyms: consecrate)
Derision(noun)
Deride(verb)
Derisive(adjective)
Contemptuous, disrespectful, or scornful ridicule or mockery.
(Synonyms: ridicule, scorn, insult, disrespect, unkindness
Antonyms: flattery, praise, kindness, appreciation)
Disapprobation(noun)
Very strong disapproval, typically on moral grounds.
(Synonyms: condemnation, denunciation, disapproval
Antonyms: approval, support)
Hallowed(adjective)
Honored as holy; greatly revered or respected
(Synonyms: sacred, consecrated, blessed, honored,
Antonyms: unholy, abhorrent, detested)
Indoctrinate(verb)
To teach a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically; to brainwash
(Synonyms: brainwash, propagandize, inculcate
Ant: none)
Peculiar(adjective)
1. Strange or odd; unusual
(Synonyms: bizarre, weird
Antonyms: ordinary)
2. Belonging exclusively to, particular to
(Synonyms: characteristic of, typical of, indicative of, distinctive, special
Antonyms: none)
Perennial(adjective)
Lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring
(Synonyms: abiding, persisting, unfailing, everlasting, perpetual, eternal
Antonyms: fleeting, short-lived, ephemeral, transient)
Precipice(noun)
A very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one
(Synonyms: ledge, cliff, height
Antonyms: valley, gorge, ravine)
Quell(verb)
To stop; to put an end to something; to subdue or silence; to suppress
(Synonyms: end, crush, quash, subdue, suppress, squelch
Antonyms: begin, encourage)
Secede(verb) Succession(noun)
to withdraw formally from membership in a federal union, an alliance, or a political or religious organization
(Synonyms: withdraw, split, disaffiliate
Antonyms: join, affiliate)
Subjugate(verb) Subjugation(noun)
To bring under domination or control, especially by conquest;
(Synonyms: conquer, defeat, crush, enslave
Antonyms: liberate)
Turbid(adjective)
Cloudy, opaque, or thick with suspended matter
(Synonyms: murky, cloudy
Antonyms: clear)
Vex(verb) Vexing(adjective) Vexatious(adjective)
1. To make someone feel annoyed or frustrated.
2. To cause distress or to cause worry.
(Synonyms: irritate, provoke, infuriate, exasperate
Antonyms: delight, please)_
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