1. Word Part of Speech: One of the eight Definition: short and sweet! Synonym: same Antonym: opposite Context Sentence: Something to help us remember!
1. Prosperity Part of Speech: noun Definition: a time of well being and success Synonym: wealth, success Antonym: poverty, depravity Context Sentence: In the days of prosperity, everyone will have a house, a car, and smile.
2. Rigid Part of Speech: Adjective Definition: the state of being stern, strict, stiff, unyielding Synonym: stern, strict, stiff, inflexible Antonym: flexible, easy going Context Sentence: We could tell the police officer was rigid when he gave us a ticket for going one mile per hour over the speed limit.
3. Glorify Part of Speech: verb Definition: to honor or praise Synonym: worship, praise, compliment Antonym: curse, defame Context Sentence: Many glorify Coach Dean Smith because he won so many basketball games in a state that loves basketball.
4. Sentimental Part of Speech: adjective Definition: ruled by feelings or emotions Synonym: sensitive, nostalgic, emotional Antonym: heartless, uncaring, indifferent Context Sentence: The sentimental girl cried every time she saw a picture of her dead brother.
5. Simplistic Part of Speech: adjective Definition: free from pretense or excess Synonym: plain, unadorned, regular Antonym: fancy, complex, ornate Context Sentence: He spoke with simplistic style using language that anyone could understand.
6. Conservative Part of Speech: adjective Definition: cautious, does not like change Synonym: traditional, cautious, static Antonym: risky, free, loose Context Sentence: My grandparents are pretty conservative about what they watch; they will not even watch a PG movie.
7. Clarifying Part of Speech: adjective Definition: making clear Synonym: explaining, describing Antonym: confusing Context Sentence: Mrs. Kerr likes clarifying directions so that student understand what to do.
8. Frolics Part of Speech: verb Definition: joyful skipping, to play happily Synonym: playing, jumping, celebrate Antonym: bored, down, pout, sulk Context Sentence: The New Orleans Saints’ fans frolicked in the streets to celebrate their team’s victory in the Super Bowl last year.
9. Superiority Part of Speech: noun Definition: higher rank or authority Synonym: above, better, greater than Antonym: inferiority, beneath, less than Context Sentence: The president’s position of superiority means that he can do many things the rest of us can not.
10. Inspired Part of Speech: verb Definition: to lead or create a desire to achieve Synonym: encourage, support Antonym: discourage, drag down, disappoint Context Sentence: The man who finished the marathon in a wheel chair inspired all of us to try harder no matter what.
11. Discourage Part of Speech: verb Definition: to take away enthusiasm, advise against Synonym: depress, reject Antonym: encourage, support, inspire Context Sentence: The police officer discouraged her from ever speeding again.
12. Indifferent Part of Speech: adjective Definition: having no preference Synonym: apathetic, unmoved, don’t care Antonym: enthusiastic, anxious, excited Context Sentence: He was indifferent about the girl because he never really knew her very well to begin with.
13. Boast Part of Speech: verb Definition: brag about yourself Synonym: brag, strut Antonym: shrink, shy away Context Sentence: Somebody who always boasts never takes time to notice her own flaws.
14. Generalization Part of Speech: noun Definition: a broad, overall statement or conclusion that is true in most cases but not all the time Synonym: simplification, general statement Antonym: specific detail Context Sentence: The statement that German shepherds are mean is a generalization because my dog Homer was the nicest dog you’ll ever meet.
15. Coexistence Part of Speech: noun Definition: the state of living together Synonym: harmony, cooperation Antonym: friction Context Sentence: The dog and cat were a surprising pair because they lived in coexistence.
16. Static Part of Speech: adjective Definition: not moving, unchanging Synonym: still, stationary Antonym: dynamic Context Sentence: The static deer did not move until the hunters passed by.
17. Gothic Part of Speech: adjective Definition: type of architecture elaborate with spires Synonym: ornate Antonym: plain, simple Context Sentence: Count Dracula swoops from the spires of his gothic castle built on the side of a mountain.
18. Contemporary Part of Speech: adjective Definition: up to date Synonym: modern, current Antonym: antique, traditional, old-fashioned Context Sentence: My sister has very contemporary taste; she would never shop in an antique store.
19. Futuristic Part of Speech: adjective Definition: relating to the future Synonym: advanced, revolutionary, ahead of its time Antonym: old-fashioned, antique Context Sentence: The futuristic cars at the auto show looked like they could be in a sci-fi movie.
20. Tribute Part of Speech: noun Definition: display of respect or gratitude Synonym: compliment, praise, honor Antonym: mock, make fun of Context Sentence: The ceremony was a tribute to her mother for her many years of service to the company.
21. Nostalgic Part of Speech: adjective Definition: a quality of sentimental longing for the past Synonym: homesick, sentimental, yearning Antonym: looking forward, excited, anticipation Context Sentence: When the young woman left for college she felt nostalgic; all she could think about was her mother’s home cooking.
22. Ridicule Part of Speech: verb Definition: to make fun of someone or something Synonym: to mock, to laugh at, to scorn Antonym: to compliment, to comfort, to praise, to tribute Context Sentence: The sophomore forgot what it was like to be a freshman and ridiculed the ninth grader for taking the wrong stair well.
23. Predictable Part of Speech: adjective Definition: easy to figure out in advance Synonym: expected, boring Antonym: surprising, original, imaginative Context Sentence: English class is predictable because we always start with Every Day Edit and vocabulary.
24. Insight Part of Speech: noun Definition: the power of seeing into a situation and understanding it Synonym: knowledge, clarity, expertise Antonym: confusion Context Sentence: The guidance counselors are very helpful because they have great insight into what it takes to go to college.
25. Complex Part of Speech: adjective Definition: having many related parts that are difficult to understand Synonym: complicated, detailed, intricate Antonym: simple, basic, elementary Context Sentence: Grammar is a complex subject with many different rules and exceptions to the rules.
26. Unbiased Part of Speech: adjective Definition: without prejudice or judgment Synonym: neutral, fair Antonym: judgmental, prejudiced Context Sentence: The teacher is unbiased because she gives every student the opportunity to be successful.
27. Perspective Part of Speech: noun Definition: the power to be able to think things through from all angles and possibilities or from a limited view Synonym: outlook, point of view Antonym: ignorance, close mindedness Context Sentence: Dr. King had great perspective as he considered racism from all angles and possibilities.
28. Domesticated Part of Speech: adjective Definition: adapted to live in a peaceful, family environment Synonym: tame, disciplined Antonym: wild, uncontrollable Context Sentence: The stray tom cat was not domesticated, so he tore up all of the furniture in the house.
29. Underestimate Part of Speech: verb Definition: to place too low in value, skill, quality, or worth Synonym: undervalue, mis-judge, take lightly Antonym: overvalue, worship, glorify Context Sentence: The girl underestimated her mother’s eyesight and tried to walk out the door with a short skirt on.
30. Cynical Part of Speech: adjective Definition: distrustful of human nature and other people’s motives Synonym: skeptical, suspicious Antonym: trusting, gullible, innocent Context Sentence: My dad is cynical about politicians because the last senator got caught stealing money.
31. Deceptive Part of Speech: adjective Definition: tending or having the power to mislead Synonym: misleading, cunning Antonym: honest, truthful Context Sentence: The deceptive teenager told her parents she went to the library when in reality she went to the movies with her friends.
32. Vengeful Part of Speech: adjective Definition: filled with a desire to seek revenge Synonym: hostile, spiteful Antonym: forgiving, charitable Context Sentence: The vengeful boy swore that he would get the lunch-lady back for spilling meatloaf onto his white shirt.
33. Counterpoint Part of Speech: noun Definition: the opposite viewpoint Synonym: disagreement, contradiction Antonym: agreement Context Sentence: The counterpoint to evolution is that a superior heavenly being created mankind.
34. Comprehensive Part of Speech: adjective Definition: covering completely or having vast knowledge Synonym: ample, extensive Antonym: restricted, narrow Context Sentence: Jane gave a comprehensive speech of the presidents of the United States by naming and describing each one of them.
35. Inflexible Part of Speech: adjective Definition: not easily influenced or persuaded Synonym: rigid, adamant Antonym: agreeable, yielding Context Sentence: Tom’s mother was inflexible; she refused to give him dessert before dinner.
36. Futile Part of Speech: adjective Definition: having no result of effect Synonym: useless, ineffective Antonym: effective, useful Context Sentence: The father’s lecture was futile; his child continued with his bad behavior.
37. Typical Part of Speech: adjective Definition: having the characteristics of a group Synonym: normal, average Antonym: unusual, off the wall Context Sentence: Sarah was a typical child; she loved to play outside and spend time with friends.
38. Universal Part of Speech: adjective Definition: present everywhere Synonym: worldwide, all-inclusive Antonym: particular, specific Context Sentence: The practice of religion is universal; it occurs all over the world.
39. Harmony Part of Speech: noun Definition: pleasing arrangement of parts Synonym: agreement, accord Antonym: clashing, harshness Context Sentence: The argument ended in harmony; Lisa and Emily agreed to study first and go to the mall later.
40. Optimistic Part of Speech: adjective Definition: having a positive attitude Synonym: glass half full, hopeful Antonym: glass half empty, pessimistic Context Sentence: Cindy had an optimistic outlook on life; she expected pleasant times to come her way.