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LMS 8th grade vocabulary DEFINITIONS

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beseige
to surround with armed forces
disdain
a feeling of contempt of someone or something regarded as unworthy or inferior
despite
an act showing contempt or defiance
tyrant
an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution
livery
cover with apparel; a servan'ts uniform; distinctive dress
loathe
to dislike greatly and often with disgust and intolerance
lout
a clumsy, stupid fellow
haughty
blatantly and disdainfully proud
pugnacious
having a quarrelsome or combative nature
feign
to give a false appearance of, to assert as if it were true
analagous
similar or comparable in certain respects
perfidious
characterized by the breaking of trust or faith
ponderous
very heavy, unweildy because of weight
solipsistic
extreme egocentrism "The only thing that exists is me."
foe
hostile enemy
reverberate
to continue in or as if in a series of echoes
perplex
to make something complicated
loath
unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom or habits
pithy
terse or full of substance and meaning; or like the soft or spongy inside of a plant or fruit
solemn
observed or done according to ritual or tradition; serious or grave; sacred in character
entreat
to plead with especially in order to persuade; ask urgently
deliquesce
to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
austerity
the quality or condition of being severe or stern in the way one looks or acts; living very severely without a lot of 'stuff' (ex. monk or nun)
reclaim
to restore to a previous natural state; to demand or obtain the return of; to regain posssession of
candid
marked by honest sincere expression; indicating sincere honesty; disposed to criticize severely
wane
to fall gradually from power, prosperity or influence; to make smaller (the moon wanes)
temperate
not excessive; having a moderate climate which especially lacks extremes int temperature (southern hemisphere is temperate)
grieve
to afflict with deep, acute sorrow
thine
belonging to you (possessive pronoun of thee)
virtuous
behaving according to standards of what is right or just
pervade
to spread through every part of
similtude
noun. likeness or resemblance; a person that is like another; similar
accommodate
to make fit or suitable
restitution
the act of restoring someone or something to the rightful owner or to a former state or position; making good on a loss or damage
benign
pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
eclectic
taking what seems best from different sources
rabid
showing too much zeal or intense fervor
reticent
reluctant to draw attention to yourself
cacophony
loud confusing disagreeable sounds
scrutinize
to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail
decimate
to destroy or kill a large part of (a group), number or proportion
relegate
to commit or consign, assign to a lower position
prerequisite
something that is required in advance; required as a prior condition to do something (ex. a course)
rancor
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
villify
to malign, defame and slander; to speak ill of someone
congeal
to thicken into a solid or become gelatinous
fantasy
imagination unrestricted by reality
habitation
the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place (said of both animals and men
transfigure
change completely the nature or appearance of
scandal
an action or circumstance that brings about disgrace or offends public morality
comedy
light and humorous drama with a happy ending
abridge
condense or shorten
engage
to attract; employ or hire; participate with whole interest
(The lecture engaged my interest)
distill
refine (a liquid by evaporating and subsequent condensation); concentrate; separate the most important parts from; Ex. distill fresh water from sea water; CF. brew
warrant
NOUN: a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts

VERB: stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of, a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts