Vocabulary from news articles about rescued teenage sailor

As you compare news articles about rescued teenage sailor Abby Sunderland, learn this word list. Here are links to lists for texts in Grade 7's Collection 1: Rogue Wave, articles about rescued teenage sailor, The Flight of Icarus, Icarus's Flight, Women in Aviation
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  1. dinghy
    a small boat of shallow draft
  2. ecstatic
    feeling great rapture or delight
  3. mast
    a vertical spar for supporting sails
  4. beacon
    a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal
  5. incident
    a single distinct event
  6. dramatic
    sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
  7. criticize
    point out real or perceived flaws
  8. tragedy
    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
  9. robust
    strong enough to withstand intellectual challenges
  10. debate
    a discussion with reasons for and against some proposal
  11. massive
    imposing in size or bulk or solidity
  12. panoply
    a complete and impressive array
  13. embark
    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
  14. naysayer
    someone with an aggressively negative attitude
  15. intolerance
    unwillingness to respect differences in opinions or beliefs
  16. invoke
    cite as an authority
  17. impose
    compel to behave in a certain way
  18. fawning
    attempting to win favor by flattery
  19. disclose
    make known to the public information previously kept secret
  20. temptation
    the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire
Created on June 25, 2014 (updated June 28, 2014)

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