wordly wise 8 10

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  1. abject
    • Adj
    • Most miserable; wretched.
    • King Lear’s life changed from one of luxury and power to one of abject poverty and helplessness.
  2. advocate
    • Verb
    • To plead in favor of; to defend.
    • This organization advocates the release of all people imprisoned for their beliefs.
    • Noun
    • One who argues for or defends a person, group, or idea.
    • Former Surgeon General Koop was a strong advocate for a ban on cigarette advertising.
  3. Atrocity
    • Noun
    • An act of great cruelty and wickedness.
    • The war crimes judges in The Hague examined atrocities committed during the war in the former Yugoslavia.
  4. atrocious
    • adj
    • 1. Very brutal, wicked, or cruel.
    • The Nazis carried out atrocious medical experiments on their prisoners.
    • 2. Appallingly bad; outrageous.
    • The owners of the kennel were prosecuted after reporters revealed that the animals lived under atrocious conditions.
  5. commemorate
    • Verb
    • To serve as a memorial to; to remember in a solemn manner.
    • The tablet on the front of the house commemorates its importance as a station on the Underground Railroad.
  6. dialect
    • noun
    • A form of a language spoken in a certain geographical region that has its own grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary.
    • A Spanish-speaking person from Madrid might not completely understand a dialect spoken in Cuba.
  7. dire
    • adj
    • Having terrible consequences; urgent or desperate.
    • Pol Pot’s reign in Cambodia, which began in 1975, had a dire effect on the lives of most Cambodians.
  8. elite
    • noun
    • A group that enjoys superior status to others.
    • Many of Edith Wharton’s novels are set in the homes of the social elite of New York City during the 1890s.
    • adj
    • Considered superior to others.
    • The greenhouse window in our new kitchen enhances the room’s light, airy feeling.
  9. enhance
    • verb
    • To make greater or better.
    • The greenhouse window in our new kitchen enhances the room’s light, airy feeling.
  10. flagrant
    • adj
    • Clearly offensive or bad; conspicuously acting against what is right.
    • Trying to conceal the Watergate break-in was a flagrant abuse of presidential power.
  11. languish
    • verb
    • To lose hope, strength, or vitality because of neglect or bad conditions.
    • We languished on the porch, our tennis rackets at our feet, as the rain soaked everything.
  12. mute
    • verb
    • To soften or tone down the sound of.
    • he state legislature has agreed to build walls at the edge of the airport to mute the roar of the jet engines for nearby residents.
    • adj
    • Not speaking or not able to speak; silent.
    • Julie remained mute when the customs officer asked her name.
  13. raze
    • verb
    • To level to the ground; to destroy completely.
    • Just as the row of seventeenth-century buildings was about to be razed, the preservation society requested a delay.
  14. reprisal
    • noun
    • A retaliation for an injury.
    • The rocket attack came as a swift and deadly reprisal for the bombing of the embassy.
  15. turmoil
    • noun
    • A state of confusion or agitation; tumult.
    • With flood waters rising and an order to evacuate our home in an hour, my family was in a turmoil, trying to decide what to do first.
  16. wreak
    • verb
    • 1. To bring about or inflict.
    • The tornado wreaked destruction and death along the path it followed through the center of town.
    • 2. To express or vent.
    • Sidney wreaked his anger by pounding on the hood of the ruined car.
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wordly wise 8 10
2012-02-20 23:19:09
wordly wise book lesson 10

wordly wise book 8 lesson 10
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