Short Story List One
1. palpable (adj) capable of being touched or felt
2. taint (v) to spoil with a trace of something bad
3. tangible (adj) real or actual
4. indolence (n) habitual laziness
5. bland (adj) pleasantly gentle or agreeable
6. lacerated (adj) mangled, jagged, torn
7. opaqueness (n) not allowing light to pass through
8. disarming (adj) removing hostility
9. amenities (n) agreeable ways or manners
10. debacle (n) revolutionary breakup
Short Story List Two
1. affable (adj) being pleasant, sociable, friendly
2. droll (adJ) amusing in an odd way
3. opiate (n) causing dullness or inaction
4. solicitous (adj) anxious or concerned
5. quarry (n) an excavation or pit
6. venerable (adj) commanding respect because of old age
7. agility (n) the power of moving quickly and easily
8. placid (adj) pleasantly calm or peaceful
9. slackening (v) an occurrence of control or strength weakening
10. frail (adj) easily broken or damaged or destroyed
Short Story List Three
1. vital (adj) manifesting or characteristic of life
2. savagely (adv) in a vicious manner
3. repercussion (n) consequences
4. resilient (adj) rebounds readily
5. savored (v) delighted in
6. inference (n) not directly stated; implied by “reading between lines”
7. imminent (adj) about to happen; threatening
8. ailment (n) illness or disease
9. convey (v) express, communicate effectively
10. encumbered (v) weighted down
Short Story List Four
1. ghastly (adj) frightful, horrible
2. delusion (n) a false belief
3. succession (n) series; chain
4. migrate (v) to move or settle in another region
5. rural (adj) countryside, rustic
6. mope (v) to be gloomy or apathetic
7. brusque (adj) abrupt in manner; blunt
8. indignation (n) anger at something unjust or unfair
9. arrogant (adj) having an air of being superior
10. swagger (n or v) bragging; walking with a self-important strut
Short Story List Five
1. contempt (n) the state of being despised or dishonored; deep hatred
2. waver (v) to feel or show doubt
3. proprietor (n) owner of a business
4. brusque (adj) abrupt or offhand in speech or manner
5. humility (n) state of being humble; the opposite of arrogance
6. lackadaisical (adj) lacking life, spirit, or zest
7. serene (adj) calm, peaceful, and untroubled; tranquil.
8. insolent (adj) showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect
9. simultaneous (adj) at the same time
10. surreptitious (adj) obtained or done. by secret or unauthorized means
Short Story List Six
1. rank (adj) growing thick and course; strong and offensive in odor or flavor.
2. untenanted (adj) unoccupied
3. careen (v) to tilt or lean over
4. infallibility (n) inability to make a mistake
5. blighted (n) damaged, destroyed, or ruined
6. withered (adj) dried up or shriveled
7. reiterated (v) said again, repeated
8. pejorative (adj) expressing contempt or disapproval.
9. precedent (n) an earlier or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances
10. linger (v) hang around for a long time
Wordly Wise List One
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List Seven (Flags of Our Fathers 1)
- pilgrimage (n) a journey to a special or unusual place.
- makeshift (adj) a temporary replacement; substitute
- immortality (n) not able to die; endless life
- valor (n) personal bravery in the face of danger; courage
- tantalize (v) to tease or torment by presenting something desirable but continually keeping it out of reach
- gory (ad) having or showing a lot of violence and blood
- pragmatic (adj)- concerned with practical rather than intellectual or artistic matters.
- refuge (n)- shelter or protection from danger or distress
- pious (adj)- deeply religious
- commodity (n) an article that is bough and sold in commerce.
- affiliated (adj) associated, connected
- attainments (n) an accomplishment, the act of achieving
- expunge (v) to erase completely; obliterate, destroy
- disperse (v) to scatter; spread far and wide
- invulnerable (adj) not able to be wounded or hurt; shielded against attack
- cogent (adj) forceful convincing, relevant to the point
- panacea (n) a remedy for all ills; cure-all; an answer to all problems
- nonchalant (adj) cool and confident; unconcerned
- ascertain (V) to find out
- scrupulous (adj) exact, careful, attending to details; OR having high moral standards, principled
List Seven (True Grit 1)
1. grit– firmness of character; indomitable spirit; courage
2. credence-belief as to the truth of something
3. tenant– a person or group that rents or occupies land, but does not own it
4. thrifty-practicing economical management of money
5. epidemic– a widespread occurrence of a disease
6. gallant– brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous
7. serene– calm, peaceful, or tranquil
8. provocation-something that incites, instigates, angers, or irritates
9. gallows– a wooden structure made for hanging someone
10. preliminaries– leading up to the main part; introductory
List Eight (True Grit 2)
- indict (v) to charge (a person) with crime, esp formally in writing; accuse
- commerce (n) activity embracing all forms of purchase and sale of goods and services
- liable (adj) legally responsible
- implicit (adj) implied rather than expressly stated; indirectly understood
- impudent (adj) not showing due respect for another person
- litigation (n) the process of taking legal action
- commence (v) begin or start
- refuge (n) shelter or protection from danger or distress
- grave adj) having a serious and dignified quality or demeanor
- discursive (adj) moving from topic to topic without order; rambling
List Nine (True Grit 3)
- beau (n)- boyfriend or male admirer
- smug (adj)- displaying excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements
- chide (v) to cold or rebuke
- comply (v)- to act in accordance with a wish or command
- banish (v)- to send someone away from country or place as punishment
- sordid (adj)- involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste
- saucy (adj)- impudent; flippant
- inquire (v)- the act of asking for information
- concede (v)- to admit that something is true and valid after first denying or resisting it
- commute (v)- reduce a sentence to one less severe
List Ten (True Grit 4)
- notorious (adj) widely and unfavorably known
- inducement (n) a thing that persuades or influences someone to do something.
- rash (adj) acting without due consideration or thought; impetuous
- presumptuous (adj) failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.
- gingerly (adv) in a careful or cautious manner.
- purchase (n) a hold or position on something for applying power advantageously, or the advantage gained by such application.
- coax (v) persuade (someone) gradually or by flattery to do something.
- conviction (n) a formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal offense, made by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law.
- obliged (v) to do something you have to, because you’re bound by either good manners or the law.
- sullen (adj) a bad-tempered or gloomy person
List Eleven (True Grit 5)
- jaded (adj) tired, bored, or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something.
- hasty (adj) done or acting with excessive speed or urgency; hurried.
- grisly (adj) causing horror or disgust.
- competent (adj) having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully.
- ignorant (adj) lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.
- depredation (n) an act of attacking or plundering.
- commend (v) praise formally or officially.
- audacity (n) the willingness to take bold risks.
- perturb (v) make (someone) anxious or unsettled.
- chagrin (n) distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated.
List Twelve (True Grit 6)
- indulgence (n)- something that is done or enjoyed as a special pleasure
- meddle (n)-interfere in or busy oneself unduly with something that is not one’s concern.
- endorse (v)- declare one’s public approval or support of.
- evade (v)-escape or avoid, esp. by cleverness or trickery.
- unwavering (adj)- marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
- subdued (adj)- quiet and rather reflective or depressed.
- vigorous (adj)- strong, healthy, and full of energy.
- sluggish (adj)- slow-moving or inactive.
- agitation (n)- a state of anxiety or nervous excitement.
- potent (adj)- having great power, influence, or effect.
List 12 Sentence Completion
- Aberration (n)- a deviation from what is normal or proper
- Capitulate (v)- to surrender
- Debilitate (v)- to make feeble; to weaken
- Ensconce (v)- to settle in a safe, snug, or hidden place
- Felicity (n)-great happiness
- Glutton (n)- a person who eats or consumes to excess
- Loathe (v)-to dislike intensely
- Malice (n)- a desire to cause harm to others
- Recompense (n)- payment in return for something; especially damages
- Volition (n)- the ability to choose willfully
Vocabulary List Fourteen (The Outsiders 1)
- Incredulous – unwilling or unable to believe
- Aghast – struck with fear
- Falter – pause with uncertainty
- Apprehensive – anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen
- Elude – to avoid capture skillfully; to escape understanding or grasp of
- Aloof – not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant
- Contemptuously – without respect; showing deep hatred or disapproval
- Unfathomable – impossible to understand
- Acquit – to free from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty
- Ornery – having an irritable disposition
Vocabulary List 14 Sentence Completion
Vocabulary List Fifteen
- anonymity (n)- the state of being unknown
- awry (adj)- turned or twisted to one side; unexpectedly wrong or off course
- delirious (adj)- experiencing uncontrolled excitement, emotion, or confusion
- effervescent (adj)- high-spirited; lively
- hoard (V)- to gather or accumulate discretely
- muster (v)- to call or summon together
- prodigious (adj)- impressively great in power, size, or extent
- refurbish (v)- to make bright, clean, or appealing again
- sporadic (adj)- occurring in single locations at unpredictable intervals
- venerable (adj) worthy of respect