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100 terms

All 100 of the 100 Words Every Freshman Should Know!

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accentuate
to bring out the best in
alliteration
repetiton of the same sounds
analogy
comparing 2 things that are not alike
antibody
a protein in blood or tissues that protect you against certain germs
aspire
to have a great ambition
bamboozle
to trick
bizarre
very strange or odd
boisterous
noisy, violent
boycott
to refuse to use or buy from
camouflage
a method of concealing or hiding military troops
chronology
order of events. sequence of events.
commemorate
to honor memory of
cower
to crouch back in fear
decorum
proper behavior or conduct
deduction
to subtract.
deign
to be willing to do something that one considers beneath one's dignity
despondent
depression
dialogue
conversation
divulge
to reveal private information; to spread something (like a secret)
eclectic
random. all over the place (like having all different types of music on an ipod)
ellipse
Oval shaped.
embargo
To refuse trade with a country
enthusiastic
showing great excitment or interest
exponent
math matic symbol for multipling a number by itself as many times the little number says (example: 3⁴ , 2⁵, 6⁷)
exult
to rejoice.
fallacy
not true. false. lie.
flourish
to do well. to grow and develop
formidable
difficult to defeat
gargoyle
a statue some people use to "scare bad sprits away"
guerrilla
military force that is not a part of a regular army and operates in small bands
guru
very talented at one thing.
heritage
tradition. something passed down.
hieroglyphic
picture writing.
hologram
3d image.
hypocrisy
The act of claiming to have a belief that one does not really have, like a hypocrite
immune
protected from getting a disease.
impertinent
rude
inference
making a guess. hypothesis.
introspection
quiet. thinks deeply to themselves.
jaunty
stylish.
jovial
jolly
kilometer
1000 meters
labyrinth
maze
laconic
short answers
lichen
fungi
light-year
The astronomical measurement of the distance light travels in a year
maneuver
move around
marsupial
mammal with a pouch
metaphor
things compaired without like or as
mosaic
small pieces put to together to make a picture
mutation
change in gene or chromosome
nebula
cloud of gas or dust in space
nocturnal
sleep in day, play at night
nuisance
annoying
omnivore
organism that eats plants and animals
outrageous
exceeding all bounds of what is right
ozone
poisonous gas layer
parasite
organism that gets it nourishment from another
participle
A verb used as a noun: Working women
phloem
plant tissue that conducts food
plateau
an elevated piece of land
polygon
a flat close shape with 3 or more sides
protagonist
main character in play
pulverize
to pound, crush, or grind
quandary
condition of uncertainty or doubt; confusion
quarantine
isolation for a amount of time for an animal or person
quota
a specified amount of something
rain forest
evergreen trees with regular rainfall
random
no pattern
recede
to draw back from
renaissance
The time period from the 14th or 16th century where there was a revival of the arts
renegade
outlaw
repose
peace, relax, calmness
sacrifice
the act of giving up something valued
silhouette
outline of body
solstice
twice-yearly point at which the Sun reaches its greatest distance north or south of the equator
spectrum
a band of colors(rainbow), broad range of related values or qualities or ideas or activities. Also a band of colors
stereotype
a generalized belief about a group of people
strategy
plan
suffrage
the right to vote
symbiosis
mutual helpfulness, specifically the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent
tariff
a tax or duty imposed by the government
technique
method, way of doing something
tempo
beat of music
toxin
a poisonous substance
tranquility
peaceful, quiet, rest
tumult
noisy loud, opposite of tranquility
tundra
an extremely cold, dry biome
ultraviolet
harmful rays from sun, one kind of electromagnetic radiation produced by the Sun.
unanimous
everybody agrees
undulate
to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
vaccine
shot that protects you from not getting something, a substance that stimulates the body to produce chemicals that destroy viruses or bacteria
vacillate
to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
vertebrate
an animal that has a backbone
virtuoso
a person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit
voracious
having a huge appetite, greedy, ravenous; excessively eager
wretched
characterized by physical misery
xylem
the vascular tissue through which water and nutrients move in some plants
yacht
boat, an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power and used for cruising or racing
zoology
the branch of biology that studies animals