Nothing But The Truth, ch. 1-11

A vocabulary list to accompany Avi's Nothing But The Truth. This list is intended to use for middle school students.

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  1. faculty
    the body of teachers and administrators at a school
    Dr. Lancaster was an assistant secretary of state for Africa before joining the faculty of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 1981.Washington Post
  2. anthem
    a song of devotion or loyalty
    The Lakers Band made a rare appearance on the court to play the national anthem.US News (Nov 1, 2014)
  3. drop out
    give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
    Nicholas dropped out of school in the eleventh grade and has been on and off the streets ever since.Class Matters
  4. capacity
    capability to perform or produce
    And wild celery, a native grass with little capacity to survive high salinity, all but disappeared, robbing young fish and shrimp of shelter.Washington Times (Nov 2, 2014)
  5. potential
    existing in possibility
    "These results show that our candidate vaccine has the potential to have a major public health impact."The Verge (Nov 3, 2014)
  6. contemporary
    belonging to the present time
    Hispanic immigrants are the face of contemporary immigration in the United States.Seattle Times (Oct 31, 2014)
  7. municipal
    relating to a self-governing district
    That would generate enough electricity to power some municipal buildings or hundreds of homes.Washington Times (Oct 30, 2014)
  8. controversial
    marked by or capable of arousing disagreement
    Assisted suicide is controversial in the US, where it faces staunch opposition from Christian campaign groups, among others.BBC (Nov 3, 2014)
  9. temper
    a sudden outburst of anger
    Tempers flared at the Romanian embassy in Paris, which called in the French police for help, according to an election bureau spokesman.Reuters (Nov 3, 2014)
  10. ambition
    a strong drive for success
    Her speech made no mention of her likely 2016 presidential ambitions, focusing squarely on next Tuesday’s general election.Washington Times (Oct 29, 2014)
  11. bicker
    argue over petty things
    Even as Beijing bickers with the U.S. over cyberspying and regional territorial disputes, it has been loading up on U.S.Time (Jul 21, 2014)
  12. stamina
    enduring strength and energy
    How do you keep up your stamina to tour with Lady Gaga?New York Times (Oct 23, 2014)
  13. allocate
    distribute according to a plan or set apart for a purpose
    Promised federal funds were either cut or never allocated.Washington Post
  14. flunk
    fail to get a passing grade
    It’s as if Johnson isn’t just struggling with current events; he’s also flunking listening comprehension.MSNBC (Sep 12, 2014)
  15. right
    an abstract idea of that which is due by law or nature
    Yet, despite those numbers, just five states legally back the right to die.Los Angeles Times (Nov 3, 2014)
  16. school board
    a board in charge of local public schools
    Your School Board voted unanimously to allow high-school seniors to pose with their guns in official portraits?Seattle Times (Nov 1, 2014)
  17. insolence
    an offensive disrespectful impudent act
    Punish their insolence, that henceforward they may not raise their eyes to those who were created for us and for whom we alone are made.”Power, Eileen
  18. infraction
    a violation of a law or rule
    The tickets are for such infractions as speeding, tailgating and unsafe lane changes.Washington Times (Sep 30, 2014)
  19. botch
    make a mess of, destroy, or ruin
    The Browns took advantage of a botched trick play by Oakland to take a 3-0 lead.Washington Times (Oct 26, 2014)
Created on November 5, 2014 (updated November 5, 2014)

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