2 We got the idea for this song from a kid we overheard on the subway in New York. He was telling his friends that he was going to be a huge rapper—bigger than Jay-Z. But instead of riding around in expensive cars, he said he was going to ride around on a pony. This is his story.Pony Gangsta
3 Acclaim 1. acclaim (noun) approval or loud applause The young rapper performed his first show in Los Angeles to great acclaim.Antonyms: criticism, disapprovalOther forms: Acclaim can also be a verb meaning “to praise strongly or applaud loudly,” as in: The newspaper acclaimed the rock star’s show.
4 Acrid2. acrid (adj) sharp, irritating, or bitter to the sense of taste or smellI thought the crab apples would be delicious, but they tasted extremely acrid instead.Synonyms: pungent, sharp
5 Braggart 3. braggart (noun) someone who brags a lot Kylie was so into herself; she was such a braggart.Other forms: Braggart can also be used as an adjective: The braggart general could talk all night about himself.
6 Brawl4. brawl (noun) a big noisy fight, often involving lots of peopleUnfortunately, the concert was cancelled when a brawl broke out in the back.Other forms: Brawl can also be a verb meaning “to fight noisily,” as in: The hockey players brawled for five minutes before the refs could break up the fight.
7 Docile 5. docile (adj) well behaved; easy to handle Dolphins are some of the most docile creatures on Earth.Antonyms: headstrong, stubborn, uncooperative
8 Dumbfound 6. dumbfound (verb) to make speechless with amazement Al was dumbfounded when she found out she had won the lottery .Synonyms: astonish, bewilder, stun
9 Flaw7. flaw (noun) a slight fault; a defectBecause of a flaw in the stitching, my shirt started falling apart very quickly.Other forms: Something with a flaw is flawed (adj).
10 Gaudy 8. gaudy (adj) too flashy and showy That shirt covered with all those different colored jewels is gaudy.Synonyms: garishAntonyms: understated, subtle
11 Illiterate 9. illiterate (adj) unable to read or write Though he could read a few basic signs and words, Mark was basically illiterate.Other forms: The problem of illiteracy (noun) is very real, even in America.
12 Lavish 10. lavish (adj) much more than enough; extravagant Instead of a normal dinner, we had a lavish feast for my birthday.Synonyms: abundant, splendid, luxuriantOther forms: Lavish can also be a verb meaning “to give freely or generously,” as in: Trish’s aunt always lavished (verb) gifts on her.
13 Peevish11. peevish (adj) showing annoyance or irritation; being in a bad moodBecause my dad didn’t get enough sleep last night, he was peevish all day.Synonyms: irritable, grumpyAntonyms: friendly, pleasant
14 Potential 12. potential (adj) possible; capable of being or becoming There are many potential uses for solar energy, but we don’t use much of it today.Synonyms: imaginable, probableOther forms: Potential can also be a noun meaning “possibility.” It’s usually used in a positive way, like: I see a lot of potential in these new phones that can play movies.
15 Retort 13. retort (noun) a quick or clever reply I was silent when Wayne made fun of me, but later that night I thought of lots of clever retorts.Other forms: Retort can also be a verb, as in: “At least I’m not a fool,” my sister retorted.
16 Vicious 14. vicious (adj) evil, spiteful; painfully severe or extreme Carrie was nice to Julie’s face, but then she’d spread vicious lies behind her back.Synonyms: savage, cruel, malicious
17 Vista 15. vista (noun) a distant view or prospect From the top of the tower, you can gaze out at the amazing vista.Synonyms: outlook, panorama
18 The Great EscapeWe’ve all wanted to get away at one time or another. The narrator in this song faces a pretty tough life on his block, but he finds ways to escape.
19 Anarchy1. anarchy (noun) a state of lawlessness, confusion or disorderThe crowd erupted into a state of anarchy during the concert.Synonyms: chaos, disorder, turmoilOther forms: The anarchist (noun) lit the garbage heap on fire and soon the whole street was ablaze.
20 Ardent 2. ardent (adj) passionate, enthusiastic and fiery Quincy was an ardent fan of any sports related books or authors.Synonyms: impassioned, fervent, zealous
21 Augment 3. augment (verb) to add to Larry’s dad agreed to augment his allowance by two dollars a week.Synonyms: to boost, increase, enhanceAntonyms: to decrease, reduce
22 Blasé 4. blasé (adj) unimpressed and indifferent We all thought Ken would be really excited about the prestigious award he received, but instead he was very blasé about the whole thing.Synonyms: bored, disenchantedAntonyms: eager, enthusiastic
23 5. desolate (adj) without any people; dismal and devastated We were shipwrecked and washed up on the most desolate island.Other forms: Desolate is also a verb meaning “to devastate,” as in: Several mean boys tried to desolate my sand castle on the beach by running through it. Something that is destroyed is an example of desolation (noun).
24 Embark 6. embark (verb) to start or begin Trina is going to embark on a trip and sail around the world by herself.Synonyms: to commence, launch, undertake
25 Fend 7. fend (verb) to ward off or defend The rock stars had to fend off the screaming and swarming girls as they exited the building.Synonyms: to repel, resist, shield
26 Panorama 8. panorama (noun) an unobstructed or complete view The celebrity’s home had a panorama of the entire valley and beyond.Other forms: The panoramic (adj) view from the top of the building was breathtaking.
27 Reception9. reception (noun) the act or instance of receiving or meetingThe boys gave the girls a chilly reception at the Super Bowl party.Other forms: A person is usually very receptive (adj) when someone offers to clean their bathroom and kitchen for them.
28 Rubble 10. rubble (noun) broken bits and pieces After the huge earthquake, the buildings were nothing but rubble.Synonyms: debris, fragments, wreckage
29 Teem 11. teem (verb) to swarm, brim or overflow Ponds often teem with fish, insects and frogs.Synonyms: to abound, overrun, be prolificAntonyms: to lack, need
30 Tract 12. tract (noun) an area, expanse or region While trying to buy a tract of land, Chris had to be taken to the hospital due to his inflamed digestive tract.
31 Vice Versa 13. vice versa (noun) conversely, in reverse Kristina hates the homecoming queen, and vice versa: The queen hates her back.
32 Vie 14. vie (verb) to compete for Charlie and Big “T” are both vying for starting-point guard spot on the ball team.Synonyms: to compete, contend, strive
33 Wrangle 15. wrangle (verb) to argue or dispute Eleanor likes to wrangle with her father about the dangers of smoking.Synonyms: to dispute, fight, brawlAntonyms: to agree, give in
34 We are coming upDid you know that worldwide, the richest 1% of the population owns 40% of the wealth? Reports show that the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. The rich are getting richer; the poor are getting poorer. Part of this is because money stays in rich nations, such as the United States. But even within the United States, the gap between the rich and the poor is widening. You probably know the story of Robin Hood: He’s a character who decides that the tax on the poor is unfair, so he takes the law into his own hands. He steals from the rich to give to the poor. The Robin Hood of folktales is often considered a hero. But would a Robin Hood today be considered a hero or just another thief?
35 Balmy 1. balmy (adj) soothing, refreshing and mild People change into shorts at the first sign of balmy weather.Synonyms: temperate, tropical, moistOther forms: A balm is a soothing ointment, usually from a plant.
36 Citadel 2. citadel (noun) a fortress or stronghold Only ten warriors remained to defend the citadel.
37 Clad 3. clad (verb) dressed, wearing He was clad in a tuxedo. Other forms: Clad is actually considered a past tense form of the verb “to clothe,” which is to dress.