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“Words are not just words. They are the nexus – the interface – between communication and thought. When we read, it is through words that we build, refine, and modify our knowledge. What makes vocabulary valuable and important is not the words themselves so much as the understandings they afford.” – Marilyn Jager Adams

You will take vocabulary quizzes at the beginning of class every Monday. If you are absent, I expect you to schedule an appointment with me to make up your vocabulary quiz during lunch or after school on the day you return to school. Otherwise, you will receive a zero on your quiz.

Immediately after each quiz, you will create your interactive notebook study guide for the following week. Always be prepared for study guide checks the day of your quiz!

Week 1: Aggressive Words

  1. Scathe
  2. Lacerate
  3. Disparage
  4. Deride
  5. Temerity
  6. Diatribe
  7. Animus
  8. Excoriate
  9. Emasculate
  10. Flay

Week 2: Fighting Words

  1. Bellicose
  2. Agonistic
  3. Contentious
  4. Pugnacious
  5. Fractious
  6. Truculent
  7. Belligerent
  8. Obstreperous
  9. Jingoist
  10. Casus Belli

Week 3: Flabby Words

  1. Ennui
  2. Inertia
  3. Phlegmatic
  4. Feckless
  5. Torpid
  6. Lassitude
  7. Jaded
  8. Doldrums
  9. Stagnant
  10. Tepid

Week 4: Funny Words

  1. Risible
  2. Rabelaisian
  3. Sardonic
  4. Buffoon
  5. Cachinnation
  6. Caricature
  7. Farce
  8. Antics
  9. Droll
  10. Lampoon

Week 5: Lighthearted Words

  1. Élan
  2. Cachet
  3. Brio
  4. Éclat
  5. Panache
  6. Insouciant
  7. Coruscate
  8. Panoply
  9. Lagniappe
  10. Cavalier

Week 6: Logophile Words

  1. Pilcrow
  2. Borborygmus
  3. Funambulist
  4. Struthious
  5. Callipygian
  6. Doryphore
  7. Omphaloskeptic
  8. Noyade
  9. Defenestration
  10. Ucalegon

Week 7: Mental Words

  1. Mnemonic
  2. Didactic
  3. Erudite
  4. Judicious
  5. Immemorial
  6. Polymath
  7. Obliterate
  8. Empirical
  9. Obfuscate
  10. Ratiocination

Week 8: Nature Words

  1. Arboreal
  2. Riparian
  3. Terra Incognita
  4. Limnology
  5. Eutrophication
  6. Speleology
  7. Loam
  8. Moraine
  9. Delta
  10. Tectonics

Week 9: “No” Words

  1. Abstemious
  2. Disenfranchise
  3. Expurgate
  4. Impunity
  5. Misnomer
  6. Nondescript
  7. Tacit
  8. Nugatory
  9. Sinecure
  10. Impasse

Week 10: Powerful Words

  1. Nemesis
  2. Martinet
  3. Hegemony
  4. Jeremiad
  5. Virago
  6. Dogmatic
  7. Rebarbative
  8. Redoubtable
  9. Stentorian
  10. Cynosure

Week 11: Repeating Words

  1. Recidivist
  2. Doppelgänger
  3. Tautology
  4. Redundant
  5. Simulacrum
  6. Palimpsest
  7. Pleonasm
  8. Verisimilitude
  9. Reiterate
  10. Recrudescent

Week 12: Riddling Words

  1. Enigma
  2. Ambiguous
  3. Ambivalent
  4. Byzantine
  5. Paradox
  6. Labyrinthine
  7. Conundrum
  8. Oneiric
  9. Oxymoron
  10. Latent

Week 13: Scholarly Words

  1. Exegesis
  2. Polysemous
  3. Dionysian
  4. Apollonian
  5. Iconography
  6. Historiography
  7. Epistemology
  8. Hermeneutics
  9. Dialectics
  10. Postmodern

Week 14: Shape-Shifting Words

  1. Metamorphosis
  2. Anthropomorphic
  3. Attenuate
  4. Transmogrify
  5. Abrogate
  6. Truncate
  7. Dilate
  8. Curtail
  9. Microcosm
  10. Procrustean

Week 15: Short Words

  1. Wraith
  2. Fop
  3. Pan
  4. Wax
  5. Bilk
  6. Gaffe
  7. Dross
  8. Schism
  9. Scourge
  10. Fell

Week 16: Sinful Words

  1. Hamartia
  2. Peccadillo
  3. Expiate
  4. Hubris
  5. Invidious
  6. Avaricious
  7. Apoplectic
  8. Libido
  9. Enervated
  10. Gourmand

Week 17: Smart Words

  1. Benighted
  2. Prescient
  3. Cognizant
  4. Astute
  5. Obtuse
  6. Acute
  7. Discerning
  8. Sagacious
  9. Acumen
  10. Hebetudinous

Week 18: Tiny Words

  1. Lota
  2. Scintilla
  3. Mite
  4. Soupçon
  5. Infinitesimal
  6. Lilliputian
  7. Diminutive
  8. Niche
  9. Minuscule
  10. Shard

Week 19: Uncertain Words

  1. Indeterminacy
  2. Mercurial
  3. Casuistry
  4. Factitious
  5. Liminal
  6. Tenebrous
  7. Ineluctable
  8. Ineffable
  9. Specious
  10. Apocryphal

Week 20: Unchanging Words

  1. Staid
  2. Adamant
  3. Implacable
  4. Inexorable
  5. Juggernaut
  6. Anathema
  7. Indefatigable
  8. Fiat
  9. Draconian
  10. Premptory

Week 21: Farrago

  1. Libretto
  2. Pubescent
  3. Anomie
  4. Quantum
  5. Quidnunc
  6. Assiduous
  7. Ersatz
  8. Incubus
  9. Imbroglio
  10. Polygamy

Week 22: Gallimaufry

  1. Pulchritude
  2. Vade Mecum
  3. Hoary
  4. Skein
  5. Nuance
  6. Concomitant
  7. Restive
  8. Pillory
  9. Querulous
  10. Mountebank

Week 23: Hodgepodge

  1. Narcissist
  2. Iconoclastic
  3. Supercilious
  4. Visceral
  5. Serendipity
  6. Gemutlich
  7. Iridescent
  8. Sybarite
  9. Patina
  10. Gnomic

Week 24: Olio

  1. Hortatory
  2. Chthonic
  3. Zeitgeist
  4. Weltanschauung
  5. Prolix
  6. Glabrous
  7. Prosaic
  8. Bete Noire
  9. Limerence
  10. Symbiotic

Week 25: Potpourri

  1. Adventitious
  2. Dyspeptic
  3. Exiguous
  4. Numinous
  5. Solipsist
  6. Inculcate
  7. Philistine
  8. Shibboleth
  9. Sobriquet
  10. Pyrotechnics