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Unit Five. Grade Eight. 1. aghast ( adj ) filled with amazement, disgust, fear, or terror syn : shocked, horrified, s tupefied ant : delighted, overjoyed, unmoved. 2. ample ( adj ) more than enough, large, spacious syn : sufficient, adequate, considerable ant : insufficient, inadequate.

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unit five

Unit Five

Grade Eight


1. aghast (adj) filled with amazement, disgust, fear, or terror

syn: shocked, horrified, s tupefied

ant: delighted, overjoyed, unmoved


2. ample (adj) more than enough, large, spacious

syn: sufficient, adequate, considerable

ant: insufficient, inadequate


3. apparition (n) a ghost or ghostly figure; an unexplained or unusual appearance

syn: phantom, specter


4. assert (v) to declare or state as truth, maintain or defend, put forward forcefully

syn: affirm, avow


6. disdain (v) to look upon with scorn; to refuse scornfully

(n) a feeling of contempt

syn: (v) spurn, reject

ant: (v) revere, venerate, esteem, respect


7. epitaph (n) a brief statement written on a tomb or gravestone

syn: tombstone inscription


8. ethical (adj) having to do with morals, values, right, and wrong; in accordance of standards of right conduct; requiring a prescription for purchase

syn: upright, virtuous, honorable

ant: immoral, unscrupulous, dishonest


9. facetious (adj) humorous, not meant seriously

syn: comical, witty, tongue-in-cheek

ant: serious, humorless


10. inaudible (adj) not able to be heard

syn: faint, indistinct

ant: audible, easily heard


11. indiscriminate (adj) without restraint or control; unselective

syn: haphazard, random, uncritical

ant: selective, discriminating, judicious


12. intrigue (n) crafty dealings, underhanded plotting

(v) to form and carry out plots; to puzzle or excite the curiosity

syn: scheme, plot, conspiracy

ant: fair play


13. jurisdiction (n) an area of authority or control; the right to administer justice

syn: purview


14. plausible (adj) appearing true, reasonable, or fair

  • syn: believable, probable
  • ant: improbable, far- fetched

15. plebeian (adj) common, vulgar; belonging to the lower class

(n) a common person, member of the lower class

syn: (adj) lowborn, proletarian, coarse, unrefined

ant: (adj) aristocratic, refined, cultivated


16. prodigal (adj) wastefully extravagant; lavishly or generously abundant

(n) one who is wasteful and self-indulgent

syn: (adj) improvident (n) spendthrift, wastrel

ant: (adj) frugal, economical, stingy, miserly


17. proximity (n) nearness, closeness

ant: distance, remoteness


18. pulverize (v) to grind or pound to a powder or dust; to destroy or overcome(as though by smashing into fragments)

syn: crush, demolish


19. sequel (n) that which follows, a result; a literary work or film continuing the story of one written or made earlier

syn: follow-up, continuation

ant: prelude, overture, curtain-raiser


20. volatile (adj) highly changeable, fickle; tending to become violent or explosive; changing readily from the liquid to the gaseous state

syn: unstable, erratic

ant: stable, steady, static, inert, dormant