Mr. Merrill's 8th Grade Literary Terms

School:Roland Grise Middle School

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Solve the scrambled words by moving the tiles around. Use the vocabulary definition or math answers to provide you the hint you need!

Word Scramble - Problems and Definitions

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List Content

Lesson 2

  • gruesome -- Causing shock or horror.
  • succumb -- To give up or give in to; to yield
  • abrasion -- A wearing away or rubbing away by friction.
  • cursory -- Done in a hurry and with little attention to detail.
  • electrify -- To wire or equip with electric power.
  • grimace -- To make a face expressing feelings of pain, disgust, or contempt.
  • simulate -- To take on the qualities of another; to imitate.
  • corroborate -- To provide evidence to make more certain; to confirm.
  • derive -- To take or receive from a source.
  • gingerly -- Cautious; very careful.
  • inventory -- A list of possessions or goods on hand.
  • surmise -- To suppose something without sufficient evidence.
  • clad -- Clothed or covered.
  • dehydrate -- To remove the water from.
  • endeavor -- To attempt earnestly.

Lesson 3

  • pivot -- A small bar or rod on which something else turns.
  • spontaneous -- Voluntary and unplanned.
  • anthology -- A collection of various writings, such as songs, stories, or poems.
  • encompass -- To enclose or encircle.
  • guile -- Cunning or deceit in dealing with others; trickery.
  • modify -- To make less extreme or severe.
  • recur -- To come up again or to happen again or to come to mind again.
  • anonymous -- Of an unknown source or unrevealed name.
  • disposition -- A person’s usual mood; temperament.
  • generation -- One step in the line of descent of a family.
  • instill -- To introduce gradually in order to establish securely.
  • prevalent -- Commonly occurring; widely accepted or practiced.
  • conjecture -- A conclusion based on guesswork or insufficient evidence.
  • extricate -- To free from a difficult or tangled situation.
  • imperative -- Urgent; pressing

Lesson 4

  • sage -- Having wisdom and good judgment.
  • amiss -- In a wrong or imperfect way.
  • haunt -- To stay in one’s mind continually.
  • irascible -- Quick-tempered; irritable.
  • reverberate -- To be repeated as in a series of echoes or vibrations.
  • tremulous -- Marked by trembling or shaking.
  • affable -- Pleasant, approachable; gracious.
  • entreat -- To ask earnestly; to beg.
  • interminable -- Endless; seeming to be without end.
  • recluse -- A person who lives apart from society and often alone.
  • tirade -- A long, angry speech.
  • abhor -- To shrink from in disgust; to detest.
  • despondent -- Depressed from loss of hope or confidence; utterly discouraged.
  • impel -- To drive or to propel.
  • profound -- Intense; deeply felt.
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