MMS 8th Grade Power Words--Final Test

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indefatigable
untiring, unrelenting
acrid
unpleasant strong or bitter taste
acrimonious
hostile, infriendly
affable
friendly, easy to approach
cynic
pessimist, skeptic
lethargic
sluggish, tired, weary
magnate
entrepreneur, tycoon, mogul
espouse
to adopt, support as a belief or cause
acute
very perceptive, extremely serious
optimist
person who looks on the good side
pacifist
one opposed to force
redundant
repetitious
belligerent
wants to argue
levity
lightness, lack of seriousness
spendthrift
someone who wastes money
savory
tasty, pleasing, agreeable
heed
pays attention to
transient
momentary, temporary
exacerbate
to make worse, embitter
sporadic
occurring irregularly
appease
pacify or soothe
gullible
easy to fool,easily deceived
tirade
outburst, rant, extended scolding
unwarranted
unjustified, uncalled for
reprehensible
in the wrong
impetous
acting on the spur of the moment, hasty, rash
disdain
to regard somebody or something as not worthy of repect
paragon
model of perfection
vindicate
clear from blame, exonerate
aspire
to seek to attain a goal
enigma
puzzle, mystery
apathy
lack of caring; indifference
extricate
free, disentangel
precipitous
steep; overly hasty
insurgent
rebellious
exuberance
high spirits, liveliness
threadbare
shabby and poor
glutton
someone who eats or drinks too much, greedy person
pithy
brief yet forceful, meaningful
raucous
harsh, shrill
supersede
to replace, cause to be set aside
elusive
difficult to find or pin down, vague
divulge
to reveal
hiatus
gap, pause, time away
audacious
bold, daring, fearless
effervescent
exuberant, bubbly, excited
succinct
brief, no wasted words
vivacious
animated, lively
nuance
shade of difference in meaning or color
cursory
casual, hastily done
eccentric
odd, whimsical
abstract
not concrete, theoretical
indomitable
unconquerable, unyielding
placate
to make calm, to soothe
impartial
not biased, fair
ambivalence
opposing ideas, attitudes or emotions
disparity
lack of equality between people or things
rejuvenate
restore to original condition
jocular
likes to be with people, playful nature
hamper
to restrict movement
parable
a brief story told or written to teach a moral lesson
hyperbole
exaggeration used to create an effect
allusion
an indirect reference to somebody or something
euphemism
a word or phrase used in place of a term that might be to unpleasant
oxymoron
contradictory terms, used for special effect
insipid
dull, bland, unexciting
contentious
quarrelsome, belligerent
ostentatious
showing off to impress people, pretenious
gregarious
sociable, outgoing
capricious
changeable, fickle
eclectic
assorted, taken from many different sources
indigenous
native to a region
shrewd
clever, insightful
irrelevant
unrelated, beside the point
clandestine
secret
venerate
to show deep respect for, to honor
deprecate
to speak out against
tentative
uncertain
intrepid
fearless
circumspect
careful and cautious before acting
melancholy
feeling of sadness
incisive
directly to the point, decisive
inauspicious
unfavorable
haughty
conceited, self-important
judicious
sound in judgment, wise
stagnant
motionless, stale, dull
antithesis
direct opposite of, contrast
conciliatory
peace-making
nonchalant
unconcerned, indiffernet
vicarious
experienced thorough another by imagining
dilineate
to describe or explain in detail
conspicuous
easily seen
obliterated
destroyed completely
prodigal
wasteful, reckless with money
indigent
poor, lacking the necessities of life
intimidate
to frighten or bully
appreciate
to increase in value or worth
equivocal
open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous
loquacious
very talkative
magnanimous
(adj.) generous in forgiving