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09 Vocab

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09 Vocab

  1. 1. Vocabulary JJ April 13, 2009 English 8B
  2. 2. Hysterics (n.) a wildly emotional and ✦ exaggerated reaction My sister was in hysterics ✦ for more than a month after she was denied from her first-choice college.
  3. 3. Mimicking (v.) imitating someone’s ✦ actions or words, typically in order to entertain or ridicule Although Rain is a highly ✦ praised singer in Korea for his diligence, in the U.S. his songs are belittled and are considered “mimicked.”
  4. 4. Radiate (v.) to emit (energy, esp. ✦ light or heat) in the form of rays or waves The color of the poster was ✦ so bright that I thought it radiated light.
  5. 5. Mourning (v.) feeling or showing deep ✦ sorrow or regret for (someone or their death), typically by following conventions such as the wearing of black clothes It is very difficult to find ✦ the right words to console a mourning widow.
  6. 6. Aghast (adj.) filled with horror or ✦ shock Julia was aghast when she ✦ heard that her dog had been killed in a car accident while she was at summer camp.
  7. 7. Exploits (n.) a bold or daring feat ✦ The man is famous for his ✦ outrageous exploits, from trying to climb Mt. Everest to fighting with a shark underwater.
  8. 8. Faltered (v.) to start to lose strength ✦ or momentum/ to speak in a hesitant or unsteady voice Johnny faltered when the ✦ lawyer asked him if there had been any accident with Bob’s and Johnny’s gang before.
  9. 9. Resemblance (n.) the state of resembling ✦ or being alike People are astonished by ✦ my resemblance with my best friend, Lucia, but we actually think we look very different.
  10. 10. Divert (v.) to cause (someone or ✦ something) to change course or turn from one direction to another The small rock diverted the ✦ train and pushed it into the wrong track, causing the serious collision.
  11. 11. Clenching (v.) (with reference to the ✦ fingers or hand) closing into a tight ball, esp. when feeling extreme anger Giselle clenched her hand ✦ with all her might, ready to take a revenge upon her enemy.
  12. 12. Grimacing (v.) making an ugly, twisted ✦ expression on a person’s face, typically expressing disgust, pain, or wry amusement The man grimaced as he ✦ stepped into the dingy, stinky basement.
  13. 13. Underprivileged (adj.) not enjoying the same ✦ standard of living or rights as the majority of people in a society Although Joe led an ✦ underprivileged life, he was happier than most higher- class gentlemen.
  14. 14. Conformity (n.) compliance with ✦ standards, rules, or laws/ behavior in accordance with socially accepted conventions or standards Janet didn’t want to smoke, ✦ but her urge for conformity with the gang’s principles made her do it anyway.
  15. 15. Contempt (n.) the feeling that a ✦ person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn The parents looked at the ✦ criminal, who had killed their beloved son, with unparalleled contempt.
  16. 16. Escort (v.) accompany (someone ✦ or something) somewhere, esp. for protection or security, or as a mark of rank The queen was escorted by ✦ her faithful guards as she entered the palace.
  17. 17. Convinced (adj.) completely certain ✦ about something (firm in one’s belief, esp. with regard to a particular cause or issue) Mr. Smith was highly ✦ convinced that the girls had cheated on their tests, and decided to give them both an F.
  18. 18. Delirious (adj.) in an acutely ✦ disturbed state of mind resulting from illness or intoxication and characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech My friend reminded me ✦ what I had said last night in the bar, but I didn’t remember anything; I guess I was in an extremely delirious state at the time.
  19. 19. Circumstances (n.) a fact or condition ✦ connected with or relevant to an event or action He is a very skillful ✦ debater; he knows how to shift his points from time to time according to the circumstances.
  20. 20. Acquitted (v.) free (someone) from a ✦ criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty The jury, after receiving the ✦ substantial piece of evidence, acquitted the innocent suspect.

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