8th Grade Vocabulary

School:Goshen Middle School

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Lesson 1

  • evoke -- 1. To call forth, to produce; 2. To bring to mind, often by suggestion
  • pervade -- To spread throughout
  • rebuff -- 1. To reject bluntly; 2. To drive back
  • concise -- Short and to the point
  • emulate -- To try to equal; to imitate
  • inaugurate -- 1. To install in office with a formal ceremony; 2. To begin officially or mark the beginning of
  • pseudonym -- A fictitious name used by an author; pen name
  • turbulent -- 1. Chaotic, unruly; 2. Stormy, tempestuous
  • brusque -- Abrupt in manner or speech, gruff
  • despicable -- Deserving contempt or scorn
  • excruciating -- Very painful
  • proprietor -- An owner of a store or other business
  • resilient -- 1. Capable of recovering quickly from misfortune; 2. Returning quickly to an original shape or condition
  • avid -- 1. Having a strong desire for, to the point of greed; 2. Eager, enthusiastic
  • demean -- To cause a lowering of self-esteem; to lower in reputation or character

Lesson 10

  • atrocity -- 1. an act of great cruelty and wickedness 2. very brutal, wicked, or cruel 3. appallingly bad, outrageous
  • dire -- having terrible consequences; urgent or desperate
  • flagrant -- clearly offensive or bad; conspicuously acting against what is right
  • raze -- to level to the ground; to destroy completely
  • wreak -- 1. to bring about or inflict 2. to express or vent
  • advocate -- 1. to plead in favor of; to defend 2. one who argues for or defends a person, group or idea
  • dialect -- a form of a language spoken in a certain geographical region that has its own grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary
  • enhance -- to make greater or better
  • mute -- 1. to soften or tone down the sound of 2. not speaking or not able to speak; silent
  • turmoil -- a state of confusion or agitation; tumult
  • abject -- most miserable; wretched
  • commemorate -- to serve as a memorial to; to remember in a solemn manner
  • elite -- 1. a group that enjoys superior status to others 2. considered superior to others
  • languish -- to lose hope, strength, or vitality because of neglect or bad conditions
  • reprisal -- a retaliation for an injury

Lesson 11

  • augment -- To increase in size, amount or degree
  • discern -- 1. To detect with the eyes 2. To understand or comprehend 3. to recognize as separate or different 4. Having good judgment, perceptive
  • exemplify -- To illustrate by being an example of
  • impersonate -- 1. To assume the character or appearance of 2. To mimic
  • pastoral -- 1. Having to do with shepherds and herders 2. Relating to country life and often presented as charmingly simple
  • connoisseur -- A person with extensive knowledge, especially of the fine arts; a person of refined taste
  • execute -- 1. To carry out or to perform 2. To create, as a work of art 3. To put to death as a legal penalty
  • hallowed -- Greatly respected; holy, sacred
  • ornate -- Heavily and elaborately decorated
  • renown -- 1. Fame; honor 2. Famous; honored
  • benign -- 1. Kind, gracious, gentle 2. Favorable, not threatening
  • embellish -- 1. To make beautiful by adding decorative elements 2. To add fictitious details to
  • grotesque -- So distorted or strange as to appear bizarre or comical
  • malevolent -- 1. Showing ill will or hatred; producing harm or evil 2. A feeling or expression of ill will
  • precarious -- Not safe or secure; dangerously uncertain

Lesson 2

  • endeavor -- To attempt earnestly
  • gruesome -- Causing shock or horror
  • succomb -- 1. To give up or give in to, to yield; 2. To cease to exist, to die
  • abrasion -- 1. A wearing away or rubbing away by friction; 2. A scraped or worn area
  • cursory -- Done in a hurry and with little attention to detail
  • electrify -- 1. To wire or equip with electric power; 2. To thrill or shock
  • grimace -- To make a face expressing feelings of pain, contempt, or disgust
  • simulate -- 1. To take on the qualities of another, to imitate; 2. To pretend
  • corroborate -- To provide evidence to make more certain; to confirm
  • derive -- 1. To take or receive from a source; 2. To obtain through reasoning
  • gingerly -- Cautious; very careful
  • inventory -- 1. A list of possessions or goods in hand; 2. The stock of goods on hand
  • surmise -- To suppose something without sufficient evidence
  • clad -- Clothed or covered
  • dehydrate -- 1. To remove the water from; 2. To become dry, to lose water from

Lesson 3

  • imperative -- 1. Urgent; pressing 2. Having the power or authority to command
  • pivot -- 1. A small bar or rod on which something else turns 2. A person or thing on which others depend 3. To turn on or as if on a pivot 4. Vitally important; significant
  • spontaneous -- 1. Voluntary and unplanned 2. Occurring or produced without human labor
  • anthology -- A collection of various writings, such as songs, stories, or poems
  • encompass -- 1. To enclose or encircle 2. To include
  • guile -- Cunning or deceit in dealing with others; trickery
  • modify -- 1. To make less extreme or severe 2. To make changes in 3. In grammar, to limit or restrict in meaning
  • recur -- 1. To come up again or to happen again 2. To come to mind again
  • anonymous -- Of an unknown source or unrevealed name
  • disposition -- 1. A person's usual mood; temperament 2. A regular tendency or inclination
  • generation -- 1. One step in the line of descent of a family 2. All the people born and living about the same time 3. The average span of time between the birth of parents and their children
  • 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; To form an opinion while lacking sufficient evidence
  • extricate -- To free from a difficult or tangled situation

Lesson 4

  • profound -- 1. intense; deeply felt 2. having understanding or knowledge that goes beneath the surface, beyond the obvious
  • sage -- 1. having wisdom and good judgment 2. a person known for wisdom and good judgment 3. an aromatic grayish-green plant used in cooking
  • amiss -- in a wrong or imperfect way; out of order, wrong
  • haunt -- 1. to stay in one's mind continually 2. to visit frequently 3. to appear in the form of a ghost
  • irascible -- quick-tempered; irritable
  • reverberate -- to be repeated as in a series of echoes or vibrations
  • tremulous -- 1. marked by trembling or shaking 2. timid or fearful
  • 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 -- 1. to drive or to propel 2. to urge or drive by force or moral pressure

Lesson 5

  • prudent -- 1. very careful showing judgment and wisdom 2. the avoidance of risk; carefulness in what one says or does
  • serene -- 1. calm and untroubled; peaceful 2. a calm and untroubled state
  • audacious -- 1. Willing to take risks, daring 2. Showing disrespect or lack of courtesy 3. Willingness to take risks by showing excessive boldness
  • depict -- to give a picture of; to describe
  • lackadaisical -- showing little spirit or enthusiasm
  • profusion -- 1. a plentiful supply; a great or generous amount 2. given or occurring in generous amounts; abundant
  • rebuke -- 1. to criticize strongly; to reprimand 2. a sharp criticism
  • conscientious -- thorough, careful; honest, principled
  • inkling -- a slight suspicion; a vague idea
  • pilfer -- to steal repeatedly small amounts or things that are of little value
  • rankle -- to cause continuing anger or irritation
  • slovenly -- untidy; careless done
  • confiscate -- to seize by force if necessary; to take possession of
  • embark -- 1. to go on board a ship or airplane at the start of a voyage 2. to start out or begin
  • mutiny -- deliberate refusal to obey orders given by those in command, especially by sailors; to rebel openly against a commander

Lesson 6

  • lionize -- to treat as a celebrity
  • swelter -- to suffer from or to be overcome by great heat
  • apprehend -- 1. to seize; to arrest 2. to grasp the meaning of; to understand
  • bizarre -- strikingly out of the ordinary; peculiar
  • dissension -- a difference of opinion; disagreement
  • interrogate -- to ask questions of, especially in a thorough or formal manner; the act of questioning
  • shackle -- 1. a ring or band put around the arm or leg to prevent free movement 2. something that prevents free action 3. to prevent freedom of action
  • anarchy -- 1. total absence of government 2. lack of order; total confusion
  • assimilate -- 1. to absorb into a population 2. to take in a part and absorb into the whole
  • conspire -- 1. to plan together secretly to do something wrong or illegal 2. to join or act together 3. a joining with others to plan or carry out unlawful acts
  • imminent -- about to happen; likely to occur in the very near future
  • meticulous -- extremely careful; attentive to details
  • arraign -- to bring before a court to face charges
  • calamity -- 1. an event that causes great suffering and harm; a disaster 2. disastrous
  • elapse -- to pass or slip by

Lesson 7

  • negligible -- small and unimportant, not worth noticing
  • condescend -- 1. to lower oneself to a position one considers inferior 2. to behave in an offensively superior manner 3. showing an offensively superior manner
  • deluge -- 1. a downpour of rain; a flood 2. a flood of anything 3. to flood or overwhelm
  • fanfare -- 1. a sounding of trumpets or other brass instruments 2. any showy display
  • mettle -- courage to bear up under difficult circumstances; spirit
  • replica -- a copy or reproduction, especially one on a smaller scale than the original
  • colleague -- an associate or coworker of similar status
  • daunt -- 1. to discourage or intimidate 2. so difficult or dangerous as to discourage or intimidate
  • dub -- to give a title, nickname, or description to
  • inane -- 1. empty; shallow or silly 2. foolishness; a silly or pointless act
  • protract -- to draw out or lengthen
  • claustrophobia -- an abnormal fear of narrow, enclosed spaces
  • contingent -- 1. conditional; depending on something else 2. likely, but not certain to happen; possible 3. a group that is part of a larger one
  • dispel -- to clear away; to remove or get rid of, as if by scattering
  • fledgling -- 1. a young bird just learning to fly 2. a young and inexperienced person 3. new and untested

Lesson 8

  • pang -- A sudden sharp feeling of pain or distress
  • adept -- Highly skilled; expert
  • banter -- To exchange playful, teasing remarks; Light playful conversation
  • crucial -- Extremely important; vital in resolving something
  • facilitate -- To make easier
  • grapple -- 1. To struggle with in close combat; to wrestle 2. To come to grips with 3. An iron shaft with a claw for grasping and holding things
  • azure -- The blue color of a cloudless sky
  • copious -- Large in quantity; abundant
  • deploy -- 1. To arrange troops or equipment in position for battle 2. To put into use
  • fitful -- Not steady; irregular
  • precede -- To go or come before in time, rank, or position
  • audible -- Capable of being heard
  • capacious -- Able to hold a large amount; roomy
  • decelerate -- To slow down or to cause to slow down
  • fastidious -- 1. Paying close attention to detail 2. Difficult to please

Lesson 9

  • unseemly -- not suitable, inappropriate or improper
  • agile -- 1. able to move quickly and easily, nimble 2. able to think quickly 3. quickness of mind or body
  • congregate -- to come together in a group, assemble
  • influx -- a flowing or pouring in, arrival in massive numbers
  • query -- a question; to ask or ask about
  • tumult -- 1. noisy excitement, an uproar or disturbance 2. marked by uproar or excitement, turbulent
  • abet -- to encourage or assist in some activity, especially a questionable one.
  • balmy -- soothing, mild
  • humdrum -- lacking excitement, boring or monotonous
  • memento -- something kept as a reminder of a past event, a souvenir
  • staple -- 1. a basic food that is used frequently and in large amounts 2. a u-shaped fastener with sharp ends 3. to attach with staples 4. most important, principal
  • allot -- to assign or distribute as a portion or share
  • divert -- 1. to turn aside 2. to entertain or amuse 3. the act of turning from a course or concern 4. something that amuses or entertains
  • intricate -- complicated, having many related details or parts
  • sporadic -- happening occasionally, not regularly
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