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9th Grade Spelling Words

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Anguish
extreme mental distress
Annihilation
total destruction
Eloquent
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
Ferocity
the quality or state of being fierce, savage, or relentless
Harangue
a long boring speech
Indifference
lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things; uncaring
Petition
a formal request
Ruse
a trick used usually to gain something
Succinct
briefly, concisely and clearly expressed
Trek
any long and difficult trip
Articulate
expressing oneself effectively and clearly
Bravado
false bravery
Effusive
showing excessive emotion; overflowing; gushing
garrulous
extremely talkative
Glib
Superficial and insincere
Histrionics
a deliberate display of overly dramatic emotion for effect
Laconic
using few words
Polemic
a person who like to argue or a argument
Trite
commonplace; overused, stale
Verbosity
wordiness
bellicose
warlike or angry
belligerent
warlike or angry; a warlike or angry person
concise
expressing much in few words
evict
expel from one's property or force to move out by a legal process
evince
give expression to
fratricide
act of killing one's brother
genocide
systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
incisive
cutting right to the heart of the matter
invincible
incapable of being overcome or subdued
vanquish
to defeat in a battle or contest, overthrow; to overcome a feeling or condition
charity
a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
cherish
be fond of
emerge
come out into view, as from concealment
gaunt
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
malice
the quality of threatening evil
omen
a sign of something about to happen
perish
to die; to be killed or destroyed
shroud
something that covers or hides from view
solemnity
a trait of dignified seriousness
subside
wear off or die down
bedlam
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
boycott
refusal to buy or sell certain products or services
maudlin
weakly sentimental and tearful
maverick
someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
mentor
a wise and trusted guide and advisor
mesmerize
to hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch
nemesis
someone or something a person cannot conquer or achieve; a hated enemy
herculean
displaying superhuman strength or power
procrustean
cruel or inflexible in enforcing conformity
quixotic
idealistic but impractical
agnostic
one who believes that the existence of a god is unknown or unknowable
cognomen
a surname; nickname
diagnose
determine or distinguish the nature of a problem
docile
easily handled or managed
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
doctrine
a system of beliefs or principles
incognito
in disguise
indoctrinate
to teach a set of ideas or principles
orthodox
adhering to what is commonly accepted
paradox
an apparently contradictory statement that actually contains some truth