Freshmen Vocabulary

School:Mountain Ridge High School
Location:Glendale Arizona
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9th grade Lesson 1

  • mandatory -- required; obligatory
  • scoff -- to show derision or mocking contempt
  • diatribe -- a bitter and abusive criticism
  • garrulous -- very talkative
  • munificent -- very generous in giving; lavish
  • ambulatory -- able to walk; up and about
  • diffident -- timid, shy; lacking in confidence
  • morbid -- preoccupied with gruesome or gloomy matters; grisly; horrible
  • abstinence -- the practice of abstaining; doing without
  • didactic -- intended to instruct, guide or teach

9th grade Lesson 12

  • implausible -- not believable or acceptable
  • pretentious -- making an exaggerated show of dignity or self importance; extravagantly showy
  • sycophant -- someone who attempts to win favor through flattery of a superior; a "yes man"
  • vicarious -- imagined participation in another's experience
  • celestial -- of or related to the sky or universe; heavenly
  • impartial -- favoring no side or party more than another; without bias
  • ponderous -- very heavy; massive; unweildy because of weight
  • profusion -- great in quantity or amount; abundance
  • vanguard -- the front or leading position in an army or movement
  • clairvoyance -- the alleged power to see things not present to the senses
  • inadvertent -- accidental; unintentional; not on purpose
  • prodigious -- wonderful; amazing; of great size, power or extent; huge
  • tawdry -- cheap and gaudy; showy; sleazy
  • vicissitude -- a sudden or unexpected change in one's life
  • chronic -- lasting for a long time or recurring often; continuing

9th grade Lesson 13

  • incorrigible -- not capable of being corrected or reformed
  • querulous -- given to complaining
  • thwart -- to prevent something from taking place; to block, hinder
  • vulnerable -- open to danger or to attack; easily hurt or influenced
  • commiserate -- to feel or to express sorrow; to sympathize
  • incontrovertibl -- not capable of being disputed or disproved
  • pugnacious -- eager to fight; quarrelsome
  • tentative -- not definite or permanent; indicating hesitancy or uncertainty
  • virtuoso -- a musical performer of exceptional excellence
  • colloquial -- used in or suitable to spoken language or to writing that seeks the effect of speech; conversational
  • incipient -- in an initial or early stage of development
  • prolific -- producing offspring or fruits in great abundance; turning out many products of the mind
  • tedious -- something tiresome because of the slowness or length of it
  • vilify -- to use abusive or slanderous language about or of; to defame
  • compatible -- able to live or perform in agreement with others

9th grade Lesson 14

  • quell -- to calm down; to put down or suppress; to put an end to
  • tirade -- a long, angry, or vehement speech
  • urbane -- suave; having the refined manners of polite society
  • cryptic -- mysterious; puzzling; having a hidden or ambiguous meaning
  • lackluster -- lacking brightness; dull; lacking energy or vitality
  • quip -- a clever or witty remark; a sarcastic reply
  • turbulent -- marked by unrest or disturbance; wild disorder
  • volition -- the power of being able to choose
  • criterion -- a rule or standard on which judgments can be based
  • insipid -- lacking flavor; bland; dull
  • quibble -- a minor criticism or objection
  • trepidation -- a state of alarm or dread; fearful uncertainty
  • volatile -- changing quickly; fickle; unstable; explosive
  • conciliatory -- having the effect of soothing anger or distrust
  • ingratiate -- act in a way to make oneself agreeable/acceptable to others

9th grade Lesson 15

  • rebuff -- to refuse bluntly; to snub
  • ungainly -- awkward, clumsy
  • wanton -- recklessly or arrogantly ignoring justice, decency, morality
  • cursory -- hasty and superficial; not thorough
  • languid -- lazily, slowed or relaxed
  • raze -- to destroy or tear down completely
  • unassailable -- not able to be attacked and conquered
  • voracious -- very eager; greedy for food
  • debilitate -- to make feeble; to weaken
  • lavish -- characterized by excessive or imprudent spending
  • recluse -- a person who lives a secluded, solitary life
  • voluminous -- having great volume or size
  • wrath -- intense anger; rage; fury
  • dearth -- a lack or scarcity of supplies
  • lassitude -- a condition of listless weakness

9th grade Lesson 16

  • repudiate -- disavow; to reject as untrue; to deny
  • uncouth -- not refined; crude or boorish
  • zenith -- the highest point; the peak
  • derogatory -- disparaging; belittling
  • loquacious -- very talkative
  • relic -- an old object of historic or religious significance
  • unbridled -- unrestrained, uncontrolled
  • zealot -- a person who is intensely or fanatically devoted to a cause
  • denunciation -- the act of denouncing or openly condemning a person or thing
  • loathe -- to regard with intense dislike, disgust, or hatred; to detest
  • refurbish -- to brighten or to freshen up
  • residual -- left over, as at the end of a process; remaining
  • unscathed -- not harmed or injured
  • deter -- to prevent or discourage from doing something
  • luscious -- very appealing to the senses

9th grade Lesson 17

  • resilient -- springing back to original shape; recovering its strength, spirit
  • ultimatum -- a final demand or offer
  • devoid -- completely lacking; being without
  • haggard -- appearing worn and exhausted because of worry or suffering
  • malicious -- having malice; spiteful; intentionally harmful
  • sagacious -- shrewd and wise
  • utopia -- any society thought, or designed, to be perfect
  • devious -- in an underhanded manner; not in a straight path; round about
  • ferment -- a state of unrest; agitation
  • lucid -- easily understood; clear to the mind
  • reticent -- hesitant or disinclined to speak out; reserved
  • usurer -- person who lends money at excessively high interest rates
  • aberration -- an act or condition deviating from what is normal or typical
  • felicity -- great happiness; a pleasing manner
  • laudable -- deserving praise; praiseworthy

9th grade Lesson 2

  • assimilate -- to take in, or to be taken in by a larger group
  • diminution -- the act or process of diminishing or decreasing
  • malignant -- having an evil influence; very harmful; likely to cause death
  • acquiesce -- to agree or consent quietly without protest, but without enthusiasm
  • diffusion -- the process of widely spreading or scattering
  • magnanimous -- noble in heart and mind; rising about pettiness or meanness
  • acclaim -- to greet with loud approval or praise
  • delirious -- to be in a temporary state of extreme mental confusion or excitement
  • disdain -- aloof contempt or scorn; look down upon
  • meander -- to wander aimlessly and idly; ramble

9th grade Lesson 3

  • dismantle -- to take apart; disassemble; to strip furnishing or equipment
  • maim -- to disable; to cripple
  • narcissism -- excessive admiration of one's self; self-love
  • analogous -- similar or parallel in certain ways
  • dormant -- a sleep-like condition during which life processes slow down; inactive
  • murky -- not clear; foggy, hazy; dark or gloomy
  • alleviate -- to make more bearable; to ease the pain
  • distraught -- extremely troubled or agitated; worried
  • meticulous -- extremely to excessively careful about details
  • squabble -- to engage in a minor quarrel; to argue noisily over a small matter

9th grade Lesson 4

  • nonchalant -- carefree and casually unconcerned or seeming so
  • anonymity -- the condition of being anonymous; unknown
  • effervescent -- high-spirited; lively
  • nepotism -- favoritism shown by people in high places to relatives or close friends
  • animosity -- hatred or hostility that is shown openly
  • ebb -- to flow or fall back, as the tide does
  • nemesis -- anyone or anything which seems to be the cause of someone's downfall or defeat
  • solicitude -- the state of showing care or concern
  • bibliophile -- one who loves books
  • elusive -- tending to avoid; hard to capture

9th grade Lesson 5

  • ardent -- warm or intense in feeling; passionate
  • embellish -- to decorate or improve by adding details; dress up
  • menagerie -- a collection of animals that peoplecan view
  • antagonism -- the state of being opposed or hostile to another
  • assuage -- to make less burdensome or less painful; to ease, relieve
  • enigma -- someone or something that is hard to figure out; a mystery
  • obliterate -- to do away with completely; to destroy
  • arid -- having little or no rainfall; very dry
  • engender -- to give rise to; to cause; to bring about
  • nostalgia -- a bittersweet longing for the things of the past

9th grade Lesson 6

  • eulogy -- a speech or written tribute praising a person or thing, especially someone who has recently died
  • onomatopoeia -- the use or sound of a word that imitates or resembles what it stands for or describes
  • atrophy -- the wasting away of the body, it's organs or tissue
  • esoteric -- intended for for understood by only a small group of people
  • officious -- to be so excessively forward in offering ones' services that one becomes annoying
  • scrupulous -- conscientious; attentive to details
  • equivocate -- to speak ambiguously in order to mislead or deceive
  • obstrusive -- intruding and offensive
  • overt -- not concealed, not hidden; open
  • aversion -- a strong dislike for; repugnance

9th grade Lesson 7

  • bedraggled -- wet, limpy, messy
  • evanescent -- lasting only a short time; vanishing
  • opaque -- not letting light pass through; not transparent; not reflecting light
  • opulent -- having or showing great wealth; very wealthy or rich
  • euphemism -- an inoffensive term substituted for one that is offensive
  • exemplary -- worthy of imitation; commendable
  • sequester -- to set off or apart, separate; segregate (as a jury); to go off by oneself
  • behoove -- to be necessary, right or proper for
  • exacerbate -- to increase the severity of; to aggravate
  • ornate -- made with elaborate or lavish decorations

9th grade Lesson 8

  • bequeath -- to leave something in a will to another
  • fledgling -- a young, inexperienced person; a young bird just ready to fly
  • parsimonious -- stingy; tight with money; miserly
  • solemn -- impressive; serious; grave; observed or done according to ritual or tradition
  • fervor -- intensity of emotion, passion
  • occult -- of or dealing with magic or the supernatural; mysterious
  • serene -- peaceful and untroubled; calm
  • blasphemous -- disrespectful and impious of God or sacred things
  • forlorn -- miserable; deserted; forsaken; abandoned; in pitiful condition
  • partisan -- a strong supporter of a cause

9th grade Lesson 9

  • glutton -- a person who eats to excess
  • perceptive -- having ability to see or understand what is beneath the surface
  • stoic -- seemingly indifferent to pain, grief or pleasure
  • bravado -- a show or pretense of defiance or courage
  • gibe -- a derisive remark; a jeer or taunt
  • peerless -- without equal; matchless
  • squalid -- sordid; miserable; very poor and run-down
  • stymie -- to block or stop; to hinder
  • bludgeon -- (N) a short heavy club with one end loaded or thicker than the other; (V) to beat or strike with a club
  • ghastly -- terrifying; dreadful; horrible to look at
  • paucity -- in short supply; scarcity of ideas or objects
  • sporadic -- having no pattern or order; happening from time to time
  • stupor -- to be in a daze; mental dullness or apathy
  • blatant -- unpleasantly loud; glaringly obvious or conspicuous
  • buffoon -- a clown or jester; a person who is always trying to be funny

9th grade vocab lesson 10

  • perfidy -- a deliberate breach of faith; treachery
  • succinct -- clearly expressed in a few words; to the point
  • tactless -- lacking in tact; inconsiderate of another's feelings
  • cacophony -- a harsh, jarring sound
  • gruff -- stern, surly, hoarse; brusquely rude
  • heretic -- a person who holds opinions opposed to established beliefs or doctrines
  • philistine -- a person with views that are regarded as shallow or narrow-minded
  • tacit -- implied from one's actions but not spoken or written
  • carp -- to find fault and complain constantly; to nag or fuss
  • haphazard -- lacking any definite plan or order
  • peripheral -- of, or located on the outside or edge away from the center; outer
  • sullen -- morose; sulky; somber
  • unfathomable -- too difficult to understand; too deep to measure
  • callous -- lacking feeling, mercy, etc.; unfeeling
  • gullible -- easily fooled or tricked

9th grade vocab lesson 11

  • catalyst -- a substance that alters the rate at which a physical or chemical reaction takes place, usually by making it go faster
  • homogeneous -- having or consisting of the same parts; similar
  • capitulate -- to surrender
  • hierarchy -- a group of persons arranged in order of rank
  • caustic -- able to burn, eat away, or destroy by chemical action; sarcastic or cutting in speech; corrosive

Use this one-Lesson 11

  • hierarchy -- a group of persons arranged in order of rank
  • iconoclast -- a person who attacks and seeks to overthrow popular ideas
  • pompous -- acting with an air of great dignity; full of high sounding words
  • surreptitious -- acting in a secret way; stealthy
  • caustic -- able to burn, eat away, or destroy by chemical action; sarcastic or cutting in speech; corrosive
  • hypocritical -- insincere, false; pretense of being better than one is
  • placid -- calm; peaceful
  • surmise -- to reach a conclusion in slight evidence; to guess, presume
  • validate -- to confirm or support; to verify; to make official
  • catalyst -- a substance that alters the rate at which a physical or chemical reaction takes place, usually by making it go faster
  • homogeneous -- having or consisting of the same parts; similar
  • piety -- a pious act or thought; devotion to religious duties and practices
  • sumptuous -- a size or splendor suggesting great expense
  • susceptible -- easily influenced or affected by; disposed to
  • capitulate -- to surrender
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