Laika by Nick Abadzis, Ch. 1-2

This list was created by Mr. Jason Brunken for use in the Happy Kids Middle School Program. It contains 16 vocabulary words for students learn from chapters 1 and 2.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. maxim
    a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
    You’ve perhaps heard the old maxim, “You can be anything you want to be.”Time (Aug 26, 2014)
  2. delusion
    a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea
    “Are you suffering from the delusion that you’re super cool?” he asks.Slate (Jul 28, 2014)
  3. gulag
    a Russian prison camp for political prisoners
    His father, a dentist from Hungary who spent time in a Russian gulag for being anti-Communist, met his Ukrainian mother at a displacement camp.Washington Post
  4. satellite
    man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
    In New York, 8 million satellites beep and glow as they go about their daily rituals.Salon (Sep 10, 2014)
  5. propaganda
    information that is spread to promote some cause
    In propaganda videos, the group lays out ambitious expansion plans that include targets such as Baghdad, Damascus and Islam's holiest city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.US News (Sep 2, 2014)
  6. strut
    walk with a lofty proud gait
    The actors are unprepossessing: they wear street clothes and strut and slouch like everyday people.The Guardian (Sep 3, 2014)
  7. allegation
    a formal accusation against somebody
    The party is also considering the potential damage to its reputation if the allegations against Zhou are aired in a public trial.Reuters (Sep 12, 2014)
  8. coup
    a brilliant and notable success
    After that coup David Bowie held her hands as he raved that hearing her moody pop was like “listening to tomorrow.”New York Times (Sep 11, 2014)
  9. socialist
    advocating the state ownership of industry
    As a younger man, he was a socialist and a devotee of Che Guevara.The New Yorker (Aug 20, 2014)
  10. oblige
    provide a service or favor for someone
    The restaurant’s obliging nature forgives some of the lesser selections.Washington Post
  11. moronic
    having a mental age of between eight and twelve years
    Give up your moronic game of pedestrian versus car or I suspect there won’t be many more birthdays in your future.Seattle Times (Jun 28, 2014)
  12. maverick
    independent in behavior or thought
    An unbridled wave of enthusiasm is hard for even the most daring maverick teacher to generate.BBC (Aug 13, 2014)
  13. scruffy
    shabby and untidy
    His hair was shorter, his face was thinner and scruffily bearded, and his clothes were like everyone else’s: denim shirt, denim jeans.New York Times (Sep 10, 2014)
  14. spectacle
    a blunder that makes you look ridiculous
    We shall see, and it promises to be a spectacle of sorts.The Guardian (Sep 8, 2014)
  15. drown
    kill by submerging in water
    Only 172 people were rescued and the remainder are all presumed to have drowned.Reuters (Sep 9, 2014)
  16. premier
    the person who is head of state
    Premier Li also gave words of reassurance on China's economy, saying it won't face a sharp slowdown.BBC (Sep 11, 2014)

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