Robert Cormier's "The Chocolate War" 510 words

Vocabulary study list for Robert Cormier's "The Chocolate War."
  1. accessory
    a supplementary component that improves capability
  2. acne
    an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones
  3. admiration
    a feeling of delighted approval and liking
  4. admission
    the act of admitting someone to enter
  5. adulation
    servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
  6. adversary
    someone who offers opposition
  7. aghast
    struck with fear, dread, or consternation
  8. agony
    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
  9. aisle
    a long narrow passage (as in a cave or woods)
  10. alteration
    the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)
  11. alumnus
    a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
  12. annihilate
    kill in large numbers
  13. annoyance
    the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
  14. anonymous
    having no known name or identity or known source
  15. antic
    ludicrously odd
  16. anticipation
    the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
  17. apathy
    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
  18. appendicitis
    inflammation of the vermiform appendix
  19. apprehension
    fearful expectation or anticipation
  20. askew
    turned or twisted to one side
  21. assault
    attack someone physically or emotionally
  22. assent
    to agree or express agreement
  23. assertion
    a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)
  24. attribute
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  25. audacity
    aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery
  26. avert
    turn away or aside
  27. awe
    an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
  28. awesome
    inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
  29. awkward
    lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
  30. baffled
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
  31. banter
    light teasing repartee
  32. bask
    be exposed
  33. bastard
    the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
  34. battalion
    an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies
  35. beckon
    summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
  36. bedlam
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
  37. belch
    expel gas from the stomach
  38. bellows
    a mechanical device that blows a strong current of air; used to make a fire burn more fiercely or to sound a musical instrument
  39. benevolently
    in a benevolent manner
  40. berth
    a place where a craft can be made fast
  41. bestow
    give as a gift
  42. bewildered
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
  43. bile
    a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats
  44. blackmail
    extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information
  45. bleachers
    an outdoor grandstand without a roof; patrons are exposed to the sun as linens are when they are bleached
  46. bleak
    unpleasantly cold and damp
  47. blitz
    a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment
  48. blustering
    blowing in violent and abrupt bursts
  49. bomb
    an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
  50. brandish
    move or swing back and forth
  51. brilliance
    a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted
  52. brood
    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
  53. bugle
    a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares
  54. buoyant
    tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas
  55. burden
    weight to be borne or conveyed
  56. cajole
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  57. caliber
    diameter of a tube or gun barrel
  58. calisthenics
    light exercises designed to promote general fitness
  59. camaraderie
    the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
  60. capsize
    overturn accidentally
  61. careen
    pitching dangerously to one side
  62. caress
    touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
  63. caricature
    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
  64. casserole
    large deep dish in which food can be cooked and served
  65. catcall
    a cry expressing disapproval
  66. cavity
    space that is surrounded by something
  67. ceremoniously
    in a ceremonious manner
  68. chide
    censure severely or angrily
  69. claustrophobia
    a morbid fear of being closed in a confined space
  70. cliche
    a trite or obvious remark
  71. climax
    the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding
  72. cock
    adult male chicken
  73. collapse
    break down, literally or metaphorically
  74. commiseration
    a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
  75. communion
    sharing thoughts and feelings
  76. compassion
    a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
  77. con
    an argument opposed to a proposal
  78. concede
    give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
  79. concoct
    make a concoction (of) by mixing
  80. condone
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
  81. confession
    an admission of misdeeds or faults
  82. confetti
    small pieces or streamers of colored paper that are thrown around on festive occasions (as at a wedding)
  83. confront
    oppose, as in hostility or a competition
  84. conspiracy
    a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
  85. contaminate
    make impure
  86. contemplate
    think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
  87. contempt
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
  88. contemptuous
    expressing extreme contempt
  89. convulsive
    affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm
  90. corridor
    an enclosed passageway; rooms usually open onto it
  91. corrupt
    not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
  92. crave
    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
  93. craving
    an intense desire for some particular thing
  94. crevice
    a long narrow opening
  95. crew cut
    a closely cropped haircut; usually for men
  96. crimson
    a deep and vivid red color
  97. cringe
    draw back, as with fear or pain
  98. croon
    sing softly
  99. crouch
    the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
  100. crucial
    of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis
  101. crucifix
    representation of the cross on which Jesus died
  102. crusade
    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  103. cunning
    showing inventiveness and skill
  104. dazzle
    brightness enough to blind partially and temporarily
  105. debris
    the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
  106. deceit
    the quality of being fraudulent
  107. deceptive
    designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently
  108. defiance
    a hostile challenge
  109. defiant
    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
  110. deftly
    in a deft manner
  111. defy
    resist or confront with resistance
  112. delicate
    developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
  113. demureness
    the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum
  114. denial
    renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
  115. desecrate
    violate the sacred character of a place or language
  116. detach
    cause to become detached or separated; take off
  117. detached
    no longer connected or joined
  118. detain
    cause to be slowed down or delayed
  119. devise
    a will disposing of real property
  120. devising
    the act that results in something coming to be
  121. diagnosis
    identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
  122. diminish
    decrease in size, extent, or range
  123. disc
    a flat circular plate
  124. disc jockey
    a person who announces and plays popular recorded music
  125. discrepancy
    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
  126. disembodied
    not having a material body
  127. disembody
    free from a body or physical form or reality
  128. disintegrate
    break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity
  129. dismal
    causing dejection
  130. dismally
    in a dreadful manner
  131. dismissal
    permission to go; the sending away of someone
  132. distress
    a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
  133. divert
    turn aside; turn away from
  134. drabness
    having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance
  135. dread
    fearful expectation or anticipation
  136. drone
    an unchanging intonation
  137. droopy
    hanging down (as from exhaustion or weakness)
  138. ebb
    the outward flow of the tide
  139. ecstasy
    a state of elated bliss
  140. edifice
    a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
  141. eloquent
    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
  142. elude
    escape, either physically or mentally
  143. embalm
    preserve a dead body
  144. emerge
    come out into view, as from concealment
  145. endorsement
    the act of endorsing
  146. entangle
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
  147. entice
    provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
  148. entrance
    something that provides access (to get in or get out)
  149. entranced
    filled with wonder and delight
  150. envelop
    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
  151. errand
    a short trip that is taken in the performance of a necessary task or mission
  152. errand boy
    a boy who earns money by running errands
  153. exaggerate
    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
  154. exasperate
    make furious
  155. exasperated
    greatly annoyed; out of patience
  156. exemplify
    be characteristic of
  157. exhilaration
    the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
  158. exploit
    use or manipulate to one's advantage
  159. extracurricular
    outside the regular academic curriculum
  160. exult
    feel extreme happiness or elation
  161. fanatic
    a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause)
  162. farce
    a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
  163. fastidious
    giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
  164. feeble
    pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
  165. feebly
    in a faint and feeble manner
  166. feign
    make believe with the intent to deceive
  167. fertile
    capable of reproducing
  168. fidget
    move restlessly
  169. fierce
    marked by extreme and violent energy
  170. flick
    throw or toss with a quick motion
  171. fluid
    continuous amorphous matter that tends to flow and to conform to the outline of its container: a liquid or a gas
  172. flunky
    a person of unquestioning obedience
  173. foe
    an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)
  174. fracture
    breaking of hard tissue such as bone
  175. frantically
    in an uncontrolled manner
  176. frigid
    extremely cold
  177. furtively
    in a furtive manner
  178. futility
    uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result
  179. gangster
    a criminal who is a member of gang
  180. garish
    tastelessly showy
  181. gauze
    (medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings
  182. gavel
    a small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge
  183. geometric
    characterized by simple geometric forms in design and decoration
  184. gesture
    motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
  185. geyser
    a spring that discharges hot water and steam
  186. gibberish
    unintelligible talking
  187. giddy
    lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
  188. gingerly
    in a gingerly manner
  189. gird
    bind with something round or circular
  190. glee
    great merriment
  191. glide
    move smoothly and effortlessly
  192. gloat
    dwell on with satisfaction
  193. gnarl
    make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
  194. gnarled
    used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
  195. goad
    stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
  196. gratified
    having received what was desired
  197. gratify
    make happy or satisfied
  198. gravel
    rock fragments and pebbles
  199. grenade
    a small explosive bomb thrown by hand or fired from a missile
  200. grimy
    thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
  201. grope
    feel about uncertainly or blindly
  202. grotesque
    distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
  203. guffaw
    a burst of deep loud hearty laughter
  204. hand grenade
    a grenade designed to be thrown by hand
  205. handiwork
    a work produced by hand labor
  206. harass
    annoy continually or chronically
  207. haven
    a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
  208. havoc
    violent and needless disturbance
  209. henpecked
    harassed by persistent nagging
  210. hilarity
    great merriment
  211. hive
    a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree
  212. hives
    an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs
  213. hoarse
    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
  214. homeroom
    a classroom in which all students in a particular grade (or in a division of a grade) meet at certain times under the supervision of a teacher who takes attendance and does other administrative business
  215. hoop
    a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
  216. hoopla
    blatant or sensational promotion
  217. hoot
    a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)
  218. hostility
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
  219. howl
    cry loudly, as of animals
  220. huddle
    a disorganized and densely packed crowd
  221. hula
    a Polynesian rain dance performed by a woman
  222. humans
    all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
  223. humdrum
    tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
  224. humiliatingly
    in a humiliating manner
  225. hurtle
    move with or as if with a rushing sound
  226. hydrogen
    a nonmetallic univalent element that is normally a colorless and odorless highly flammable diatomic gas; the simplest and lightest and most abundant element in the universe
  227. hydrogen bomb
    a nuclear weapon that releases atomic energy by union of light (hydrogen) nuclei at high temperatures to form helium
  228. hype
    blatant or sensational promotion
  229. hypnotize
    induce hypnosis in
  230. hypnotized
    having your attention fixated as though by a spell
  231. illusion
    an erroneous mental representation
  232. imbed
    fix or set securely or deeply
  233. immerse
    cause to be immersed
  234. impair
    make worse or less effective
  235. impaired
    mentally or physically unfit
  236. impatience
    a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay
  237. improvise
    manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand
  238. impulsive
    without forethought
  239. incapacitate
    make unable to perform a certain action
  240. incapacitated
    lacking in or deprived of strength or power
  241. indifference
    the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern
  242. indulgence
    the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
  243. infuriate
    make furious
  244. ingenious
    showing inventiveness and skill
  245. ingratiate
    gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
  246. ingratiating
    capable of winning favor
  247. inoffensive
    giving no offense
  248. inscrutable
    of an obscure nature
  249. insolent
    marked by casual disrespect
  250. intimacy
    a feeling of being intimate and belonging together
  251. intimately
    in a close manner
  252. intone
    recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
  253. intoned
    uttered in a monotonous cadence or rhythm as in chanting
  254. intramural
    carried on within the bounds of an institution or community
  255. intricacy
    marked by elaborately complex detail
  256. introvert
    fold inwards
  257. introverted
    given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences
  258. irrevocable
    incapable of being retracted or revoked
  259. jab
    poke or thrust abruptly
  260. jeopardy
    a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
  261. jockey
    someone employed to ride horses in horse races
  262. john
    a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
  263. jubilant
    full of high-spirited delight
  264. lag
    hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
  265. lagging
    used to wrap around pipes or boilers or laid in attics to prevent loss of heat
  266. languidly
    in a languid and lethargic manner
  267. lassitude
    a feeling of lack of interest or energy
  268. lavatory
    a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
  269. ledger
    a record in which commercial accounts are recorded
  270. leer
    look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression
  271. leprosy
    chronic granulomatous communicable disease occurring in tropical and subtropical regions; characterized by inflamed nodules beneath the skin and wasting of body parts; caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae
  272. lethal
    of an instrument of certain death
  273. lewd
    suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
  274. linoleum
    a floor covering
  275. litany
    any long and tedious address or recital
  276. lopsided
    having one side lower or smaller or lighter than the other
  277. lousy
    very bad
  278. lumber
    the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material
  279. luminous
    softly bright or radiant
  280. lurch
    walk as if unable to control one's movements
  281. lurk
    lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
  282. luscious
    having strong sexual appeal
  283. lyrical
    expressing deep emotion
  284. majestically
    in a majestic manner
  285. malcontent
    discontented as toward authority
  286. malice
    feeling a need to see others suffer
  287. malicious
    having the nature of or resulting from malice
  288. malingerer
    someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
  289. marvelous
    extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers
  290. maverick
    someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
  291. meek
    humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
  292. menacingly
    in a menacing manner
  293. merit
    the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)
  294. meticulous
    marked by precise accordance with details
  295. midst
    the location of something surrounded by other things
  296. migraine
    a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men
  297. mill
    a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
  298. milling
    corrugated edge of a coin
  299. mimic
    imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect
  300. mock
    treat with contempt
  301. mockery
    showing your contempt by derision
  302. moody
    subject to sharply varying moods
  303. mooring
    a place where a craft can be made fast
  304. musketeer
    a foot soldier armed with a musket
  305. muss
    make messy or untidy
  306. mute
    expressed without speech
  307. mutiny
    open rebellion against constituted authority (especially by seamen or soldiers against their officers)
  308. mutual
    common to or shared by two or more parties
  309. nausea
    the state that precedes vomiting
  310. nemesis
    something causing misery or death
  311. neon
    a colorless odorless gaseous element that give a red glow in a vacuum tube; one of the six inert gasses; occurs in the air in small amounts
  312. nicotine
    an alkaloid poison that occurs in tobacco; used in medicine and as an insecticide
  313. normalcy
    being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning
  314. notorious
    known widely and usually unfavorably
  315. novelty
    originality by virtue of being refreshingly novel
  316. obliterate
    remove completely from recognition or memory
  317. oblivion
    the state of being disregarded or forgotten
  318. obscene
    offensive to the mind
  319. obscenity
    the trait of behaving in an obscene manner
  320. officially
    in an official role
  321. ominous
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  322. pandemonium
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
  323. paranoid
    suffering from paranoia
  324. parody
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
  325. paternal
    characteristic of a father
  326. pathetic
    deserving or inciting pity
  327. patsy
    a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
  328. perceptible
    capable of being perceived by the mind or senses
  329. perspiration
    salty fluid secreted by sweat glands
  330. perusal
    reading carefully with intent to remember
  331. pervade
    spread or diffuse through
  332. pharmacist
    a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs
  333. phony
    fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
  334. piddling
    (informal) small and of little importance
  335. pigmy
    an unusually small individual
  336. pitch
    the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
  337. placard
    a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement
  338. pledge
    a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
  339. plot
    a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
  340. plummet
    drop sharply
  341. plunge
    dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
  342. plural
    grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units
  343. poise
    hold or carry in equilibrium
  344. poker
    any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand
  345. poker face
    a face without any interpretable expression (as that of a good poker player)
  346. ponder
    reflect deeply on a subject
  347. pondering
    deeply or seriously thoughtful
  348. postpone
    hold back to a later time
  349. prank
    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
  350. preliminary
    denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding
  351. premeditation
    planning or plotting in advance of acting
  352. preside
    act as president
  353. prickly
    very irritable
  354. privilege
    a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all
  355. probation
    a trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership
  356. probe
    an exploratory action or expedition
  357. probing
    diligent and thorough in inquiry or investigation
  358. prominent
    conspicuous in position or importance
  359. pulpit
    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
  360. pummel
    strike, usually with the fist
  361. quota
    a prescribed number
  362. radar
    measuring instrument in which the echo of a pulse of microwave radiation is used to detect and locate distant objects
  363. radiance
    an attractive combination of good health and happiness
  364. raffle
    a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
  365. rancid
    (used of decomposing oils or fats) having a rank smell or taste usually due to a chemical change or decomposition
  366. rangy
    tall and thin and having long slender limbs
  367. ransom
    the act of freeing from captivity or punishment
  368. rap
    strike sharply
  369. raucous
    unpleasantly loud and harsh
  370. ravage
    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
  371. ravenous
    extremely hungry
  372. rebuke
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
  373. recede
    pull back or move away or backward
  374. recitation
    a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance
  375. recoil
    spring back; spring away from an impact
  376. recruit
    cause to assemble or enlist in the military
  377. rectory
    an official residence provided by a church for its parson or vicar or rector
  378. reprieve
    postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
  379. resent
    feel bitter or indignant about
  380. resignation
    the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
  381. resonance
    having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant
  382. revelation
    the speech act of making something evident
  383. revenue
    the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
  384. ricochet
    spring back; spring away from an impact
  385. ridiculous
    incongruous;inviting ridicule
  386. ripple
    a small wave on the surface of a liquid
  387. roster
    a list of names
  388. roughhouse
    engage in rough or disorderly play
  389. roughneck
    a cruel and brutal fellow
  390. rubbish
    worthless material that is to be disposed of
  391. rupture
    the act of making a sudden noisy break
  392. sabotage
    a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
  393. sacrilegious
    grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
  394. sanctimonious
    excessively or hypocritically pious
  395. sarcasm
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  396. sarcastic
    expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
  397. scapegoat
    someone who is punished for the errors of others
  398. scarlet
    a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge
  399. scholar
    a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
  400. scrawl
    write carelessly
  401. scrimmage
    (American football) practice play between a football team's squads
  402. scrutinize
    examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
  403. scuffle
    fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
  404. scurry
    to move about or proceed hurriedly
  405. seize
    take hold of; grab
  406. shading
    graded markings that indicate light or shaded areas in a drawing or painting
  407. shamble
    walk by dragging one's feet
  408. shambles
    a condition of great disorder
  409. showdown
    a hostile disagreement face-to-face
  410. shrink
    wither, as with a loss of moisture
  411. sibilant
    of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
  412. signify
    denote or connote
  413. simultaneously
    at the same instant
  414. sincerity
    the quality of being open and truthful; not deceitful or hypocritical
  415. sinew
    a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachment
  416. singular
    being a single and separate person or thing
  417. siphon
    a tube running from the liquid in a vessel to a lower level outside the vessel so that atmospheric pressure forces the liquid through the tube
  418. skepticism
    doubt about the truth of something
  419. skirmish
    a minor short-term fight
  420. slouch
    walk slovenly
  421. slumber
    be asleep
  422. smirk
    smile affectedly or derisively
  423. smuggle
    import or export without paying customs duties
  424. smuggling
    secretly importing prohibited goods or goods on which duty is due
  425. snicker
    laugh quietly
  426. snivel
    cry or whine with snuffling
  427. sniveling
    whining in a tearful manner
  428. snort
    a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
  429. solicit
    make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently
  430. solitary
    of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies
  431. sourly
    in a sour manner
  432. spasm
    a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
  433. specter
    a ghostly appearing figure
  434. splotch
    an irregularly shaped spot
  435. sprawl
    sit or lie with one's limbs spread out
  436. squander
    spend thoughtlessly; throw away
  437. squandered
    not used to good advantage
  438. squeaker
    any artifact that makes a squeaking sound when used
  439. squirm
    to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
  440. stagger
    walk with great difficulty
  441. staggering
    so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm
  442. stalemate
    a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
  443. stalk
    material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
  444. stammer
    speak haltingly
  445. startle
    to stimulate to action
  446. stench
    a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
  447. stifle
    impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
  448. stooge
    a victim of ridicule or pranks
  449. stricken
    grievously affected especially by disease
  450. stubble
    short stiff hairs growing on a man's face when he has not shaved for a few days
  451. sub
    a submersible warship usually armed with torpedoes
  452. subconscious
    just below the level of consciousness
  453. submissive
    inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination
  454. subside
    sink to a lower level or form a depression
  455. substitute
    a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
  456. subtle
    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
  457. summon
    gather or bring together
  458. summons
    a request to be present
  459. superb
    surpassingly good
  460. superimpose
    place on top of
  461. superiority
    the quality of being superior
  462. suppress
    to put down by force or authority
  463. surge
    rise and move, as in waves or billows
  464. surreptitiously
    in a surreptitious manner
  465. swagger
    to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
  466. swinger
    someone who swings sports implements
  467. syllable
    a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme
  468. symbolism
    the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
  469. tabulate
    arrange or enter in tabular form
  470. tackle
    seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
  471. tardy
    after the expected or usual time; delayed
  472. taunt
    harass with persistent criticism or carping
  473. tenement
    a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards
  474. therapy
    (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.)
  475. tinge
    color lightly
  476. token
    a metal or plastic disk that can be redeemed or used in designated slot machines
  477. topple
    fall down, as if collapsing
  478. tousle
    disarrange or rumple; dishevel
  479. tremor
    an involuntary vibration (as if from illness or fear)
  480. trudge
    walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
  481. tumultuous
    characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
  482. unaccountably
    in an unaccountable manner
  483. uncanny
    surpassing the ordinary or normal
  484. undertaker
    one whose business is the management of funerals
  485. unintimidated
    not shrinking from danger
  486. vaguely
    in a vague way
  487. valve
    control consisting of a mechanical device for controlling the flow of a fluid
  488. vandalism
    willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
  489. varsity
    a team representing a college or university
  490. ventriloquist
    a performer who projects the voice into a wooden dummy
  491. verge
    the limit beyond which something happens or changes
  492. vicious
    having the nature of vice
  493. villain
    a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
  494. vogue
    a current state of general acceptance and use
  495. vulnerability
    the state of being vulnerable or exposed
  496. vulnerable
    capable of being wounded or hurt
  497. wary
    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
  498. waylay
    wait in hiding to attack
  499. weary
    physically and mentally fatigued
  500. whine
    a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
  501. whirl
    the shape of something rotating rapidly
  502. whirlpool
    a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
  503. whiz
    a buzzing or hissing sound as of something traveling rapidly through the air
  504. wince
    draw back, as with fear or pain
  505. wistful
    showing pensive sadness
  506. wither
    lose freshness, vigor, or vitality
  507. withering
    any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
  508. wobble
    an unsteady rocking motion
  509. wobbling
    (of sound) fluctuating unsteadily
  510. wobbly
    inclined to shake as from weakness or defect