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Date Assignment
Mon. April 21 EOC review; Shrinklit for Act III
Tues. April 22 Act III questions due; verb review
Wed April 23 Romeo/Juliet quiz acts 2-3; begin 4
Thurs April 24 Eoc review; finish Act 4
Fri. April 25 No school Professional development

2013 Words of the Day

  1. Belie -- verb -- to give a false impression of; to present an appearance not in agreement with; to show (something) to be false or wrong; to run counter to: contradict; disguise

  2. Diffident -- adjective -- hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence

  3. Enfranchise -- verb -- to set free (as from slavery)

  4. Evanescent -- adjective -- tending to vanish like vapor

  5. Circumnavigate – verb -- to go completely around (as the earth) especially by water; to go around instead of through; bypass

  6. Bellicose -- adjective -- favoring or inclined to start quarrels or wars; belligerent

  7. Antebellum – adjective -- existing before a war; especially: existing before the American Civil War; also the name of a period in our history from the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783 through end of the Civil War in 1865.

  8. Chicanery -- noun – deception by a carefully planned strategy: trickery

  9. Auspicious -- adjective – having a favorable start; prosperous

  10. Churlish – adjective – vulgar; marked by a lack of civility or graciousness; difficult to work with or deal with

  11. Abrogate – verb -- to abolish by authoritative action: annul; to treat as nonexistent

  12. Deciduous -- adjective -- falling off or shed seasonally or at a certain stage of development in the life cycle

  13. Facetious – adjective -- joking or jesting often inappropriately; meant to be humorous or funny: not serious; witty

  14. Hegemony – noun -- preponderant influence or authority over others: domination

  15. Bowdlerize -- verb -- to expurgate (as a book) by omitting or modifying parts considered vulgar; to modify by abridging, simplifying, or distorting in style or content

  16. Homogeneous -- of the same or a similar kind or nature

  17. Abjure – verb – to renounce upon oath; to reject solemnly

  18. Feckless – adjective -- weak; ineffective; worthless; irresponsible

  19. Incognito – adjective --with one's identity concealed

  20. Impeach – verb -- to bring an accusation against; to charge with a crime or misdemeanor; to cast doubt on; to challenge the credibility or validity of

  21. Expurgate -- verb -- to cleanse of something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous ; especially : to expunge objectionable parts from before publication or presentation

  22. Equinox – noun -- either of the two points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic; either of the two times each year when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are everywhere on earth of approximately equal length

  23. Enervate – adjective -- -- lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor

  24. Epiphany – noun – if capitalized: it is a church holiday; not capitalized: a sudden grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking; an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure

  25. Infrastructure – noun-- the underlying foundation or basic framework

  26. Gauche – adjective -- lacking social experience or grace; not tactful: crude

  27. Hubris – noun -- exaggerated pride or self-confidence

  28. Acumen – noun – keenness and depth of perception, discernment, or discrimination especially in practical matters

  29. Filibuster – noun -- the use of extreme delay tactics in an attempt to prevent action especially in a legislative assembly

  30. Incontrovertible – adjective -- not open to question: indisputable

  31. Deleterious – adjective -- harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way

  32. Fatuous – adjective -- foolish: silly

  33. Inculcate – verb – to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

  34. Gerrymander – noun – a district or pattern of districts varying greatly in size or population as a result of gerrymandering into election districts to give one political party an advantage

  35. Circumlocution -- noun -- the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea

  36. Interpolate – verb – to alter or corrupt (as a text) by inserting new or foreign matter; to insert (words) into a text or into a conversation; to insert between other things or parts; to estimate values (of data or a function) between two known values

  37. Absolve – verb -- to forgive or free from blame

  38. Malapropism -- a homophone or near homophone (word that sounds like another) of the word intended, curiously out of place in the sentence in which it occurs

  39. Sanguine – adjective – blood red; relating to the blood; confident, optimistic

  40. Nomenclature – noun – name designations; a system or set of terms or symbols especially in a particular science, discipline, or art.

  41. Paradigm – example, pattern, an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype

  42. Aggrandize –to make great.

  43. Usurp –to seize and hold in possession by force or without right

  44. Banal –commonplace, trite, unoriginal

  45. Loquacious -- full of excessive talk : garrulous

  46. Lugubrious -- mournful --exaggeratedly or affectedly mournful; dismal

  47. Coalesce –to come together as one – to fuse or unite

  48. Colloquial– conversational, used in informal speech.

  49. Kowtow– to show reverence; to bow down and touch forehead to the floor.

  50. Tempestuous– stormy, destructive

  51. Craven– cowardly

  52. Diatribe – a denunciation, a biting speech

  53. lexicon– The vocabulary of a language; dictionary

  54. Dogmatic – arrogantly assertive, positive about unproven ideas

  55. Xenophobe– one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin

  56. Efface -- to erase, to rub away the features, to obscure

  57. Elucidate – to make clear

  58. Polymer -- a chemical compound or mixture of compounds formed by polymerization and consisting essentially of repeating structural units

  59. Emulate -- to imitate, to strive to equal

  60. Enigma -- a puzzle, a baffling situation, something obscure; something hard to understand or explain

  61. Vehement  - marked by forceful energy powerful; impassioned

  62. ›Omnipotent -- almighty; having virtually unlimited authority or influence

  63. Taxonomy –orderly classification of plants and animals according to their natural relationship

  64. Kinetic - relating to the motion on material bodies and the forces and energy associated therein; active, lively; dynamic; energizing

  65. Metamorphosis -- change of physical form, structure, or substance, especially by supernatural means

  66. Oxidize –  to combine with oxygen

  67. Plasma – a green faintly translucent quartz; the fluid part of blood, lymph, or milk as distinguished from suspended material; the juice that can be expressed from muscle

  68. ›Unctuous – fatty, oily; smooth and greasy in texture; full of unction – marked by a smug and false earnestness

  69. Suffragist – one who advocates for the right to vote

  70. Supercilious -- cool and patronizingly haughty; proud

  71. ›Precipitous – very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging in rise or fall

  72. Ziggurat -- an ancient Mesopotamian temple tower consisting of a lofty pyramidal structure built in successive stages with outside staircases and a shrine at the top; also: a structure or object of similar form

  73. Orthography – the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage; the representation of the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols English orthography is the alphabet spelling system used by the English language. It uses a set of rules that generally governs how speech sounds are represented in writing.

  74. Jovial –  full of fun and good cheer; jolly

  75. Parabola -- a plane curve generated by a point moving so that its distance from a fixed point is equal to its distance from a fixed line: the intersection of a right circular cone with a plane parallel to an element of the cone

  76. Totalitarianism – centralized control by an autocratic leader; dictatorial – one controls all aspects of life even by use of censorship or terrorism

  77. Parameter – an arbitrary constant whose value characterizes a member of a system; any of a set of physical properties whose values determine the characteristics or behavior of something

  78. Notarize –  to acknowledge or attest as a notary public

  79. ›Vortex – something that resembles a whirlpool; a mass of fluid with a whirling motion that tends to form a cavity or vacuum in the center of the circle and to draw towards this cavity

  80. ›Wrought –  worked into shape by artistry or effort; elaborately embellished -- ornamented; processed for use -- manufactured; beaten into shape by tools -- hammered; deeply stirred -- excited

  81. Winnow – verb – to remove as chaff by a current of air; to get rid of something undesirable or unwanted; separate; sift

  82. Tectonic – adjective -- having a strong and widespread impact

  83. Yeoman – Noun – an attendant or officer in a royal or noble household; a person attending or assisting another; a naval petty officer who performs clerical duties; a person who owns and cultivates a small farm; one that performs great and loyal service

  84. Jejune -- adjective -- lacking nutritive value; devoid of significance or interest: dull

  85. Pecuniary -- adjective -- consisting of or measured in money

  86. Recapitulate – verb -- to restate briefly; summarize; to give new form or expression to; to repeat the principal stages or phases of something

  87. Nihilism – noun -- a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless

  88. Reparation – noun -- a repairing or keeping in repair; the act of making amends, giving satisfaction for a wrong or injury; the payment of damages

  89. Tautology – noun -- needless repetition of an idea, statement, or word

  90. Vacuous – adjective -- emptied of or lacking content; marked by lack of ideas or intelligence, stupid; devoid of serious occupation, idle

  91. Insipid – adjective – lacking flavor, tasteless, bland, weak, wishy-washy

  92. nonsectarian – adjective -- not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group

  93. Poignant – adjective – emotionally moving

  94. Superfluous – adjective – unnecessary, surplus, nonessential, redundant, unneeded, excess, extra

  95. Myriad – noun – an immense indefinite number, multitude

  96. Moiety – noun – one of two equal parts - half; one of the portions into which something is divided: component, part

  97. Exacerbate – verb – to make worse or more severe

  98. Placate – verb – to soothe, to appease with concessions

  99. Obsequious – adjective -- marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness

  100. Perfunctory – adjective – careless, unenthusiastic, done merely as duty.