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The 100 Words All Middle Schoolers Should Know

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adversary
an opponent or enemy
aplomb
self-confidence, especially in a difficult situation; poise, assurace
apprehensive
anxious or fearful; uneasy
aptitude
the ability of learn or understand something quickly
attentive
giving attention to something; paying careful attention to the comfort or concerns of others
banish
to force to leave a country or place; exile
barricade
a structure to block the passage of an enemy or opponent
bluff
to have a false display of confidence, especially in order to deceive someone
brackish
slightly salty
brandish
to wave or exhibit something in a dramatic or threatening way
circumference
the boundary of an area, an object, or a geometric figure, especially a circle
commotion
noisy activity or confusion
concoction
something that has been prepared by putting several things together; a mixture of ingredients
conspicuous
easily seen; obvious
contortion
a sharp twist or bend in something
counter
to do or say something the opposite of something else
cunning
sly, crafty, or clever
debris
the scattered remains of something broken, destroyed, or discarded
defiance
open resistance to an opposing force or authority.

Example: Not taking your hat off when a teacher tells you to
deft
quick and skillful
destination
the place to which a person or thing is going or sent
diminish
to make or become smaller or less; reduce or decrease
disdain
a feeling that something is bad, worthless, or low
dismal
causing gloom or depression; dreary
dispel
to cause to disappear; drive away
eavesdrop
to listen secretly to the private conversation of others
egregious
above what is usually found as right or proper; outrageous
ember
a glowing piece of burning wood or coal
emerge
to become visible or known
engross
to take all of the attention from someone.
exasperation
a state of anger, impatience, or great irritation
exhilarate
to cause someone to feel very happy
falter
to proceed or continue in an unsteady or weakening manner
foresight
the ability to imagine what is likely to happen in the future.
fragrance
a sweet or pleasant odor;a scent
furtive
done or acting in a way that is intended not to be noticed
grueling
physically or mentally exhausting
gusto
great enjoyment
habitation
a place in which to live; a residence
hasten
to move or act swiftly; to hurry
havoc
very great destruction or disorder
headway
progress toward a destination or goal
ignite
to cause something to start burning; to begin to burn
illuminate
to provide with light or cast light upon someone or something
impending
about to happen
imperious
arrogant; overbearing
jabber
to talk rapidly or in a senseless manner; chatter
jargon
the specialized language of a trade, profession, or group of people
jostle
to bump roughly agains another person or thing
jut
to extend sharply outward or upward
kindle
to build and start a fire; to arouse or excite a feeling
knoll
a small, rounded hill
luminous
giving off light; shining
malleable
capable of being shaped or formed by pressing, hammering, or another forceful action
materialize
to appear out of nowhere
meander
to follow a winding or turning course
meticulous
showing great concern for details; extremely careful or precise
misgivings
feelings of doubt or concern
momentum
a quantity used to measure the motion of a body, equal to the product of its mass and velocity. Any change in the speed or direction of a body changes its momentum
monotonous
dull because of always being the same
multitude
a very large number
muster
to bring forth a group of soldiers together; to bring forth a feeling or ability from within oneself
narrate
to tell a story or describe a series of events
obscure
difficult to understand
ominous
being a sign of trouble, danger, or disaster
outlandish
strange
persistent
refusing to give up or stop
pertinent
related to the same topic; relevant
potential
the ability to grow, develop, or improve
precipice
a very steep or overhanging piece of rock, such as the face of a cliff
pristine
remaining in a pure or unspoiled state; completely free from dirt or contamination
quell
to calm or settle
recluse
a person who lives alone or has little to do with other people
recuperate
to return to normal health or strength; recover
replenish
to refill something; make something full again
repugnant
causing disgust; offensive or repulsive
restitution
the act of doing something or paying money to make up for some damage, loss, or injury that you have caused
sabotage
a usually secret act, done or purpose that causes damage or hinders an activity
scarcity
an insufficient amount or supply; a shortage
scurry
to move with light running steps; scamper
serenity
the quality of being calm, peaceful, or untroubled
sociable
enjoying the company of others; friendly
somber
very serious or sad
specimen
something that is studied by scientists as an example of an entire act, such as an entire species of living things
stamina
the power to resist getting tired or sick while working hard
subside
to become less active or intense
swagger
to walk in a way that makes you look as if you think you are important or very confident; strut
swarm
a large number of insects or other small creatures, especially when in motion
tactic
an action that is planned to achieve a goal
terse
brief and to the point; concise
translucent
allowing light to pass through, but blurring it so that images cannot be seen clearly
uncanny
mysterious and impossible to explain; out of the ordinary
unsightly
not pleasant to look at; unattractive
versatile
having varied uses or functions
vigilant
watching out for danger or something that might go wrong
vulnerable
capable of being harmed, damaged, or injured
waft
to float easily and gently on the air; drift
waver
to move unsteadily back and forth
weather
to wear away or change, as in color or surface texture, by exposure to the wind, rain, and other conditions of the atmosphere.
zeal
great enthusiasm for or devotion to cause, ideal, or goal