Essential Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students, List 7

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  1. antagonize
    provoke the hostility of
    The young mouse approached the sparrow with trepidation, not wanting to antagonize the moody, dangerous bird.Redwall
  2. barricade
    block off with barriers
    I must barricade the door this time, I told myself; that will stop them.Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography
  3. egregious
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    Having committed one egregious error, he was not going to be guilty of another.Wingfield, Lewis
  4. grueling
    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion
    As of Dec. 19, 22 students will have made it through a grueling curriculum that requires about 700 hours of computer code.Washington Times (Dec 10, 2014)
  5. jargon
    technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
    In the jargon of space exploration, the Mars 3 mission was preprogrammed, not adaptive.Cosmos
  6. misgiving
    uneasiness about the fitness of an action
    Dimple did what he asked in spite of her intense misgivings.When Dimple Met Rishi
  7. pertinent
    having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand
    But the judge said that information was not pertinent to the case.New York Times (Dec 7, 2020)
  8. restitution
    a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
    Under terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a probationary sentence if restitution is paid to the victim for the damage.Washington Times (Aug 26, 2020)
  9. waft
    be driven or carried along, as by the air
    Familiar scents waft from your spice jars and cutting board, then from your stove.New York Times (Dec 16, 2020)
  10. waver
    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
    I wavered a second before hitting send, but then I did and sat back, breathing hard.From Twinkle, with Love
Created on January 12, 2021 (updated January 13, 2021)

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