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Semester 2 Vocabulary Rice Middle School

*by me.....*
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epiphany
a sudden realization of the meaning of something
benevolently
having good will; being generous or considerate
irony
the opposite of what was expected or intended
hovered
to remain or linger in or near a place
pseudo
false, or apparently similar
archive
a place or collection containg records, documents, or other materials of historical interest
feeble
lacking strength or force, inadequate
inevitable
impossible to avoid or prevent
hybrid
the offspring of unlike parents
naturalization
to grant full citizenship to somoeone born in another country
contender
a contestant for a high honor
debut
a first public appearance
triumphant
exulting in success or victory
quavering
a quivering, vibrating sound
malice
the desire to commit a wrongful act that will result in harm to another
capacity
the maximum amount that can be held
acronym
a word formed from the initial letters of a name
blitz
an intense campaign
audible
able to be heard
perpetual
continuing or lasting for an indefinitely long time
feasible
possible
elicit
to draw forth
distraught
mentally confused, crazed
paucity
scarcity
acrimonious
feeling or showing strong displeasure or bad temper
inexorable
unyielding or relentless
admonish
give a mild but firm warning or scolding
duplicity
cunning, trickery
pernicious
harmful, causing injury
impunity
freedom from punishment
construe
to make a deduction, to infer
duress
the use of force or threats to make s/b do s/t
culprit
the guilty person
chagrin
feeling of disappointment, humiliation
consternation
amazement or terror, often leading to panic/confusion
precocious
characterized by early development
fiasco
ridiculous failure
confidante
one to whom you confide your secrets
quell
put an end to
reprehensible
worthy of blame
fray
a fight
arbitrary
based on whim, dictatorial selected at random
perfunctory
done without care, superficial done merely as a duty
dubious
doubtful
effigy
a likeness (usually of a hated person)
stymie
to hinder, impede
cognizant
aware
turbulent
unruly, agitated causing violence or disturbance
affluent
rich
voluble
fluent and smooth in speech
obsolescent
going out of use
masticate
to chew up crush and grind with the teeth
Indigent
poor,needy
harass
torment,annoy continually
monolithic
single great stone/ massively solid
implacable
can not be pacified/appeased
jurisdiction
power, range of authority
paroxysm
a fit,sudden outburst
skirmish
small fight, brief encounter
disparage
to discredit, belittle
laudable
praisworthy
eschew
avoid, shun
revert
return to original type/ condition
exacerbate
to end; make more violent, bitter,or severe
emaciated
abnormally thin, wasted away
tranquil
quiet,undisturbed
sanctuary
shelter, place considered sacred by religious group
ascend
to rise, move upward
vermin
small animal pest
provoke
to excite to angry annoyance
lam
the act or fact of escaping or having escaped physically
ilk
type or kind (number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities)
matrimonial
relating to, or characteristic of marriage
gait
manner of walking or running
filth
repulsive dirt or refuse
wiry
slender yet strong
devour
consume revenously
paltry
of inferior quality; not worthy of consideration
scrawny
very thin
alias
a fictitious or assumed name
meddle
to intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere
sully
cast doubt or disgrace on
shun
keep away from
ratted
betray one's associates
embouchure
position and use of lips in playing a wind instrument
insinuate
to suggest indirectly that something negative is true
ornery
irritable
throng
a crowd
haughty
proud
conspirator
one who schemes secretly
audacious
bold, daring, rash
reviving
recovering
obstinately
stubbornly
prudent
having wisdom and judgment
plunder
stolen goods
esteemed
honored
requisite
necessary
waylaid
ambushed
palpitating
beating rapidly
venerable
worthy of honor
uncanny
supernatural, eerie
hoard
a hidden supply of something
hordes
crowds or throngs
onslaught
a fierce attack
clamor
a noisy shouting
pinnacle
the highest point
reek
strong, unpleasant smell
tumult
uproar made by a crowd
appalling
causing horror or dismay
unimpeachable
blameless; perfect
veranda
roofed porch
perils
dangers
vengeance
punishment in revenge
gnarled
twisted with swellings
inquisitive
very curious
eyrie
eagle's nest
antiquity
ancient times, esp. before the Middle Ages
taut
drawn tight
abominable
causing disgust
lamented
complained; said sorrowfully
infuriate
make furious
ominous
suggesting evil
famished
suffering from hunger
floundering
moving clumsily
desolate
deserted; lifeless
dire
horrifying
insignificant
not important
wrath
anger mixed with vengeance
inevitable
not able to be avoided
perplexed
puzzled; uncertain
replenish
to build up again
fortified
made strong
antiquated
old and out of date
impenetrable
not able to be pierced
dubious
uncertain
eminent
most important
contrived
made happen with difficulty
coveted
desired something very much
decrepit
weakened by old age
mingled
mixed with other people
heirloom
object of special value passes from generation to generation
fugitives
those fleeing to escape
abode
place of residence; house
extravagant
beyond actual value
promulgate
to make known officially
brash
rash, hasty, or premature; assertive to the point of being offense
scoff
to sneer at; expression of mockery
tangible
able to be seen or experienced, especially by touch - real
laceration
jagged wound
castigate
to correct by punishing
sordid
dirty or rundown; immoral or unethical
octogenarian
a person in his or her eighties
aspirant
candidate for high position
frenzy
out-of-control beharior; burst of activity
scurrilous
expressed in an abusive and deflamatory way; foul mouthed or vulgar
rampant
going unchecked, widespread
inane
not important or relevant - silly; insubstantial or empty
concur
agree; coincide
clandestine
planned or done in secret
egregious
remarkable bad