Grade 8 English Vocabulary Term 3 Review, 2014-2015

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Impertinent
not showing proper respect; rude
Adjective
Irascible
easily angered, irritable
Adjective
Aperture
an opening, hole, or gap
Noun
Contrive
to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan
Verb
Dreadful
Horrible, terrifying
Adjective
Severe
(of something bad or undesirable) very great; intense
Adjective
Gloomy
dark or poorly lit, especially so as to appear depressing or frightening
Adjective
Sufficient
Enough to fill a need
Adjective
Allusions
an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference
Noun
Vicinity
the area near or surrounding a particular place
Noun
Bold
1. (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous
2. (of a color or design) having a strong or vivid appearance
Adjective
Twitch
a short, sudden shaking or convulsive movement
Noun/Verb
Bewildered
cause (someone) to become perplexed and confused
Verb/Noun
Abolish
formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution)
Verb
Loophole
an error in the way a law, rule, or contract is written that makes it possible for some people to legally avoid obeying it
Noun
Abruptly
having many sudden changes from one subject to another; lacking in continuity or smoothness
Adjective
Concealed
kept secret; hidden
Adjective
Convey
make (an idea, impression, or feeling) known or understandable to someone
Verb
Stifling
1. making one feel constrained or oppressed
2. (of heat, air, or a room) very hot and causing difficulties in breathing; suffocating
Adjective
Weary
feeling or showing tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep
Adjective
Oppressive
unjustly inflicting hardship and constraint, especially on a minority or other subordinate group
Adjective
Contrary
opposite in nature, direction, or meaning
Adjective
Compelled
bring about (something) by the use of force or pressure
Verb
Devoid
entirely lacking or free from
Adjective
Obliged
1. to require or constrain, as by law, command, or force of necessity.
2. to place under a debt of gratitude for some benefit, favor, or service
Verb
Dreary
dull, bleak, and lifeless; depressing
Adjective
Coax
persuade (someone) gradually or by flattery to do something
Verb
Oppressed
subject to harsh and authoritarian treatment
Adjective
Cruel
willfully causing pain or suffering to others, or feeling no concern about it
Adjective
Revolutionary
1. engaged in or promoting radical political or social change
Adjective
2. A person who acts to achieve these changes
Noun
Campaign
1.a series of military operations intended to achieve a particular objective, confined to a particular area, or involving a specified type of fighting
Noun
2.work in an organized and active way toward a particular goal, typically a political or social one
Verb
Peasants
a poor farmer of low social status who owns or rents a small piece of land for cultivation (chiefly in historical use or with reference to subsistence farming in poorer countries)
Noun
Aromatic
having a pleasant and distinctive smell
Adjective
Boundaries
a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line
Noun
Privilege
a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people
Noun
Derelict
1. in a very poor condition as a result of disuse and neglect
Adjective
2. a person without a home, job, or property
Noun
Vast
of very great extent or quantity; immense
Adjective
Grazing
to feed on grassland suitable for pasturage
Verb
Hardship
an instance or cause of this; something hard to bear, as a deprivation, lack of comfort, or constant toil or danger
Noun
Perspective
a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view
Noun
Succulent
(of food) tender, juicy, and tasty
Adjective
Vivacious
(especially of a woman) attractively lively and animated
Adjective
Bulky
taking up much space, typically inconveniently; large and unwieldy
Adjective
Contingency
a provision for an unforeseen event or circumstance
Noun
Gulag
a system of labor camps where many people died
Noun
Companion
a person or animal with whom one spends a lot of time or with whom one travels
Noun
Shuffle
1. walk by dragging one's feet along or without lifting them fully from the ground.
2. rearrange (a deck of cards) by sliding the cards over each other quickly.
Verb
Piercing
1.(of eyes or a look) appearing to see through someone; searching
2.(of a voice or sound) extremely high, loud, or shrill
Adjective
Heave
lift or haul (a heavy thing) with great effort
Verb
Slash
1.cut (something) with a violent sweeping movement, typically using a knife or sword
Verb
2. a cut made with a wide, sweeping stroke
Noun
Plunge
1.push or thrust quickly
2.jump or dive quickly and energetically
Verb
Sprawling
spread out over a large area in an untidy or irregular way
Verb
Wander
walk or move in a leisurely, casual, or aimless way
Verb
Belch
1.(especially of a chimney) send (smoke or flames) out or up
2.emit gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
Verb
Unyielding
1. (of a mass or structure) not giving way to pressure; hard or solid
Adjective
2. (of a person or their behavior) unlikely to be swayed; resolute
Noun
Invincible
1. too powerful to be defeated or overcome
Adjective
Beware
be cautious and alert to the dangers of
Verb
Wade
walk through water or another liquid or soft substance
Verb
Ferocious
savagely fierce, cruel, or violent
Adjective
Furiously
Full of or characterized by extreme anger; raging
Adjective
Silhouette
the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, especially in dim light
Noun
Eloquent
fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing/ clearly expressing or indicating something
Adjective
Articulate
1. (of a person or a person's words) having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently
Adjective
2. express (an idea or feeling) fluently and coherently
Verb