8th Grade – Deck 1

abashed
embarrassed, ashamed
acme
the highest point
agriculture
the science of farming
anguish
great pain, suffering, or distress
apprehensive
anxious over possible misfortune
auspicious
favorable; promising
bonanza
a rich mine of silver or gold; something that yields great wealth or profit
capricious
fickle; impulsive; changing unpredictably
collaborate
to work together; cooperate
consensus
agreement among a group
defiance
disobedience or resistance in face of authority
diligent
hard-working; conscientious; assiduous
doctrine
a principle or tenet; esp. of a religion
eminent
distinguished, prominent
evolve
to change gradually
feint
a pretense or false appearance; a movement meant to confuse the enemy
fortuitous
happening by chance, lucky, fortunate
gregarious
sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
imperiously
in an arrogant or overbearing manner
indubitable
certain beyond the possibility of doubt
inundate
to flood; overwhelm
laggard
someone who lags behind
maim
to seriously injure; to cripple
morose
gloomy; depressing; melancholy; sullen
obsolete
no longer in use; outdated; replaced by something newer
panacea
a solution to all problems; cure-all
pertinent
related, relevant
plot
series of events that makes up the course of a story
prodigy
a person with extraordinary talents, a genius
pulverize
to crush to powder; to completely destroy
rectify
to correct, to amend
resolute
determined; steadfast in purpose or belief; unwavering
scarcity
shortage or deficiency
squalid
filthy, wretched
sycophant
obsequious flatterer; bootlicker; yes-man
torpid
inactive; lazy, stagnant; sluggish
universal
common to all people, world-wide
virulent
extremely harmful; deleterious; like a deadly disease
wrangle
to argue angrily or noisily