100 words middle schoolers should know

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  1. adversary
    someone who offers opposition
  2. apprehensive
    in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
  3. attentive
    taking heed
  4. barricade
    a barrier to impede the advance of an enemy
  5. aplomb
    great coolness and composure under strain
  6. aptitude
    inherent ability
  7. banish
    expel, as if by official decree
  8. bluff
    a high steep bank
  9. brackish
    slightly salty
  10. circumference
    the length of the closed curve of a circle
  11. concoction
    the act of creating something by compounding or mixing
  12. contortion
    a tortuous and twisted shape or position
  13. cunning
    showing inventiveness and skill
  14. defiance
    a hostile challenge
  15. destination
    the place designated as the end, as of a race or journey
  16. disdain
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
  17. dispel
    cause to separate and go in different directions
  18. egregious
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
  19. emerge
    come out into view, as from concealment
  20. exasperation
    actions that cause great irritation
  21. falter
    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
  22. fragrance
    a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
  23. grueling
    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion
  24. habitation
    the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place
  25. headway
    forward movement
  26. illuminate
    make lighter or brighter
  27. imperious
    having or showing arrogant superiority
  28. jargon
    technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
  29. jut
    extend out or project in space
  30. knoll
    a small natural hill
  31. malleable
    capable of being shaped or bent
  32. meander
    move or cause to move in a winding or curving course
  33. misgiving
    uneasiness about the fitness of an action
  34. monotonous
    sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
  35. muster
    summon up, call forth, or bring together
  36. obscure
    not clearly understood or expressed
  37. outlandish
    noticeably or extremely unconventional or unusual
  38. pertinent
    being of striking appropriateness
  39. precipice
    a very steep cliff
  40. pristine
    immaculately clean and unused
  41. recluse
    one who lives in solitude
  42. replenish
    fill something that had previously been emptied
  43. restitution
    the act of restoring something to its original state
  44. scarcity
    a small and inadequate amount
  45. serenity
    the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  46. somber
    grave or even gloomy in character
  47. stamina
    enduring strength and energy
  48. swagger
    walk with a lofty proud gait
  49. tactic
    a plan for attaining a particular goal
  50. translucent
    allowing light to pass through diffusely
  51. unsightly
    unpleasant to look at
  52. vigilant
    carefully observant or attentive
  53. waft
    a long flag; often tapering
  54. weather
    atmospheric conditions such as temperature and precipitation
  55. brandish
    move or swing back and forth
  56. commotion
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
  57. conspicuous
    obvious to the eye or mind
  58. counter
    a calculator recording the number of times something happens
  59. debris
    the remains of something that has been destroyed
  60. deft
    skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands
  61. diminish
    decrease in size, extent, or range
  62. dismal
    causing dejection
  63. eavesdrop
    listen without the speaker's knowledge
  64. ember
    a hot, smoldering fragment of wood left from a fire
  65. engross
    devote fully to
  66. exhilarate
    fill with sublime emotion
  67. foresight
    seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing
  68. furtive
    secret and sly
  69. gusto
    vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
  70. hasten
    move fast
  71. ignite
    cause to start burning
  72. impending
    close in time; about to occur
  73. jabber
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
  74. jostle
    make one's way by pushing or shoving
  75. kindle
    catch fire
  76. luminous
    softly bright or radiant
  77. materialize
    come into being; become reality
  78. meticulous
    marked by precise accordance with details
  79. momentum
    the product of a body's mass and its velocity
  80. multitude
    a large indefinite number
  81. narrate
    provide commentary for a film, for example
  82. ominous
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  83. persistent
    stubbornly unyielding
  84. potential
    existing in possibility
  85. pristine
    immaculately clean and unused
  86. quell
    suppress or crush completely
  87. recuperate
    restore to good health or strength
  88. repugnant
    offensive to the mind
  89. sabotage
    a deliberate act of destruction or disruption
  90. scurry
    move about or proceed hurriedly
  91. sociable
    inclined to or conducive to companionship with others
  92. specimen
    a bit of tissue or fluid taken for diagnostic purposes
  93. subside
    wear off or die down
  94. swarm
    a group of many things in the air or on the ground
  95. terse
    brief and to the point
  96. uncanny
    surpassing the ordinary or normal
  97. versatile
    having great diversity or variety
  98. vulnerable
    capable of being wounded or hurt
  99. waver
    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
  100. zeal
    a feeling of strong eagerness
Created on September 18, 2012 (updated September 18, 2012)

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