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WordMasters List #1 Grade 8 Gold Division

25 vocabulary words for the upcoming WordMasters test.
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stratagem
1. plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy
wreak
1. to inflict or execute (punishment, vengeance, etc.)
fortuitous
1. happening or produced by chance, accidental - a ___________ encounter
2. lucky; fortunate
aplomb
1. self-confidence, self-possession; poise; composure
2. the perpendicular or vertical position
constrict
1. to cause to contract or shrink; to compress
2. to slow or stop the natural course or development of
equivocal
1. capable of various interpretations; ambiguous
2. deliberately misleading or vague, evasive
travesty
1. farcical or grotesque imitation; mockery; parody
2. to imitate grotesquely or absurdly; turn (a serious work or subject) to ridicule
slander
1. a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report - a _________ against his good name
2. to utter against; defame
astute
1. perceptive; shrewd
2. clever, cunning, ingenious
debacle
1. a sudden disastrous collapse or defeat, esp. one involving a disorderly retreat; rout
2. the breaking up of ice in a river during spring or summer, often causing flooding
aggrieve
1. to grieve; distress; afflict - it __________ her much that he could not go
2. to injure unjustly, esp. by infringing a person's legal rights
inane
1. lacking sense; significance
2. empty; void
maw
1. the mouth, throat, or gullet of an animal, esp. a carnivorous mammal
2. the stomach, especially that of an animal
eviscerate
1. to remove the internal organs of; disembowel
2. to deprive of meaning or significance
patent
1. open or available for inspection
2. obvious - their scorn was _________ to everyone
3. a grant made by a government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time
4. an invention protected by such a grant
5. to invent; originate, or be the proprietor of an idea
6. to grant a _________ to someone or for something
opportunist
1. taking advantage of opportunities and circumstances
2. a person who adapts his action, responses, etc. to take advantage of opportunities, circumstances, etc.
wax
1. a viscous or solid material of natural origin that is insoluble in water, and has a low softening temperature
2. to rub, smear, stiffen, polish, etc. with _______
3. to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, power, etc. - discord ___________ at an alarming rate.
4. (of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion before the full moon
myriad
1. of an indefinitely great number; innumerable - the __________ of stars on a summer night
2. a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things
infamy
1. extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act - a time that will live in ___________
appease
1. to calm, pacify, or soothe, esp. by giving into the demands of
2. to satisfy or quell (an appetite or thirst, etc.)
calamitous
1. causing, involving, or resulting in a disaster
exploit
1. a striking or notable deed; feat; spirited or heroic act
2. to utilize, especially for profit, turn to practical amount - to __________ a business opportunity
3. to use selfishly for one's own ends
incite
1. to stir, encourage, or urge on; stimulate or prompt to action - to ___________ a crowd to riot
exemplary
1. worthy or imitation; commendable - ___________ conduct
2. serving as a warning - an _____________ penalty
patron
1. a person who sponsors or aids artists, charities, etc; protector or benefactor
2. a customer of a shop, hotel, etc, esp. a regular one