Into the Maze of Doom vocabulary
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verb; To brandish something is to wave it around in an aggressive or showy way. You most often hear this verb used to describe someone pulling out a weapon, as in,The knight entered the castle and brandished a sword for everyone to see."
noun; Diplomacy is the skill or practice of helping countries or other groups of people get along in a peaceful way. A diplomat (someone who practices diplomacy) is sensitive to the needs of others and works to solve problems in a way that does not make anyone upset.
adverb; A menace (MEH-nuhs) is someone or something that causes trouble or that could cause harm. The adjective menacing means "threatening" and the adverb menacingly means "done in a threatening way." If someone looks at you menacingly, they look at you in a way that hints at danger or evil.
verb or noun; To shroud something is to cover or hide it. Fog sometimes shrouds mountaintops. The noun shroud describes a cloth that is used to cover or hide something. Shroud can also refer, in particular, to a cloth used to wrap a dead body before it is buried.
adjective; Someone who is valiant is courageous, boldly brave, or heroic.
adjective; Something described as vile is very bad, evil, or unpleasant. It's so awful that it disgusts you and offends you. It might even make you sick to your stomach.
adjective; A catharsis (kuh-THAHR-sis) is a release of strong emotion that leads to feeling refreshed or cleaned out. Any experience that allows you to release a flood of feelings—listening to a song that makes you cry, watching a movie that makes you hysterically laugh, riding a roller coaster that makes you scream—can be described as cathartic.
adjective; Something diabolical is extremely evil or has the qualities of a devil. Diabolical is a strong word. Your brother eating the slice of pizza you left in the refrigerator with a "DO NOT EAT" sign on it might be obnoxious, but it isn't diabolical.
adjective; Heinous is a synonym for diabolical. Heinous also means "shockingly evil or wicked." Something heinous deserves to be hated.
adjective; If something is mainstream, it is common and widely accepted; most people view it as normal. An American who dresses in mainstream fashion wears clothes that you could find in every shopping mall in America. Mainstream music is listened to by many people.
adjective; If something is unparalleled, it has no equal—there has never been anything like it. You might call a track star's record-breaking performance unparalleled, or you might call the chocolate cake at your favorite restaurant unparalleled.
verb; To vanquish is to completely overpower or conquer. If you vanquished your opponents in a soccer game, you didn't win by a couple points; you won by a lot.
adjective; If something is vulnerable, it can easily be harmed, either physically or emotionally. A baby bird is vulnerable without its mother's protection. You might feel vulnerable in a strange place.
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