8th Grade Vocabulary 10/22/18

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Vocabulary flash cards for the week of October 22nd, 2018

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aristocrat (n.)

A member of the aristocracy; a noblewoman, nobleman, lord, lady, etc.

"The aristocrats did not understand how angry the French commoners were before the revolution."

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aroma (n.)

A distinctive, typically pleasant smell.

"The aroma of delicious food attracted the hungry people to the bakery."

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articulate (v.)

To express (an idea or feeling) fluently and coherently.

"Although the victim was nervous, she was able to articulate her story about the sexual assault."

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articulate (adj.)

Describes (a person or a person's words) having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently.

"The whole room was impressed by how articulate the boy was, despite being only 3 years old."

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articulate (adj.)

Describes having joints or jointed segments.

"An 'articulated bus' is a bus made of two segments connected by a joint and accordian-like walls."

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aspiration (n.)

A hope or ambition of achieving something.

"Cardi B had always had the aspiration to use her fame and wealth to help those less fortunate in her community."

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assumption (n.)

A thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.

"Many leaders had the assumption that the President would become more presidential when he began the work of the presidency."

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assumption (n.)

The action of taking or beginning to take power or responsibility.

"Upon the assumption of power, the dictator had all of his enemies rounded up and imprisoned."

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attain (v.)

To succeed in achieving (something that one desires and has worked for).

"After many years of dedicated effort, Aaron Rodgers attained his goal of going to the Super Bowl and earning the title of MVP for the game."

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attain (v.)

To reach (a specified age, size, or amount).

"Matilda was overjoyed when she attained 18 years of age, because she hated being a minor."

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automaton (n.)

A moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being.

"Unlike Ryu_s robot, which looked like an ugly box with articulated grabbers attached to it, Takeuchi_s was an automaton--it looked human."

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badger (n.)

Any of various burrowing mammals of the weasel family that are widely distributed in the northern hemisphere.

"Gerome understood the seriousness of his mistake when he realized the creature living inside the hole into which he had stuck his arm was a badger!"

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badger (v.)

To harass or annoy persistently.

"Tim continued to badger Helen to attend the fall dance with him, even though it was clear she had no interest in doing so."

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baffle (v.)

To totally bewilder or perplex.

"Tim was baffled when Helen suddenly slapped him in the face."

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baffle (v.)

To restrain or regulate (a fluid, sound, etc.).

"The cannoneers used large pads to baffle the sound of the cannons firing."

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baffle (n.)

A device used to restrain the flow of a fluid, gas, or loose material or to prevent the spreading of sound or light in a particular direction.

"On the movie set, a large, heavy, woolen curtain was hung as a baffle against the flying debris from the special effects explosion."

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