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August 9, 2017
ReluctantadjDEFINITION:unwilling and hesitant; disinclined:SENTENCE: At first the hero isreluctantto accept the change.
August 9, 2017
BoonnounDEFINITION:a thing that is helpful orbeneficial; an advantage or aidSENTENCE: Thebooncan be a physical object or an intangible item such as knowledge, courage, or love.
August 16, 2017
integrateverbDEFINITION:combine (one thing) with another so that they become awholeSENTENCE: …the hero must retain the wisdom gained on the quest [and]integratethat wisdom into his or her previous life.
August 16, 2017
liableadjectiveDEFINITION: responsible by law; likelySENTENCE: …cause if he hangs back someone’sliableto walk up to him and get smart…
August 23, 2017
ruffleverbDEFINITION: to flutter or move in a slow, wavy patternSENTENCE: In silence he listened to his own heartruffleaway…
August 23, 2017
helter-skelteradjectiveDEFINITION: in a confused or disorderly waySENTENCE: …another army was strewn helter-skelter, […] basting themselves with the thought of what they would do when the time came…
September 6, 2017
askewadjectiveDEFINITION: to one side; awrySENTENCE: …forty thousand men, exhausted by nervous expectation […] lay crazilyaskewin their uniforms.
September 6, 2017
legitimatelyadverbDEFINITION: lawfullySENTENCE: “Run off from home or joinedlegitimately, boy?”
September 13, 2017
revereverbDEFINITION: to regard with devotion and aweSENTENCE: “Stranger, you are a foreigner or a fool, telling me to fear andreverethe gods…”
September 13, 2017
treacherynounDEFINITION: a betrayal of trustSENTENCE: “Is a mortal stealing your flocks, or trying to kill you by violence ortreachery?”
October 25, 2017
inconveniencingverbDEFINITION: causing trouble or difficultySENTENCE: “I apologize forinconveniencingmy learning community.”
October 25, 2017
ritualnounDEFINITION: a ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to an arranged orderSENTENCE: “It was one of therituals, the evening telling of feelings.”
November 1, 2017
vigilancenounDEFINITION: watchfulness, alertnessSENTENCE: “…and to the unceasingvigilanceof agents of the United States Handicapper General.”
November 1, 2017
hindrancesnounDEFINITION: obstacles; deterrents; impedimentsSENTENCE: “He had outgrownhindrancesfaster than the H-G men could think them up.”
November 8, 2017
adherencenounDEFINITION:attachment or commitment to a person, cause, orbeliefSENTENCE:“Heglanced at his mother, the one responsible foradherenceto the rules, and was relieved that she was smiling.”
November 8, 2017
aptitudenounDEFINITION: a natural ability to do somethingSENTENCE:“Well, it was clear to me—and my parents later confessed that it had been obvious to them too—what myaptitudewas.
November 15, 2017
interdependencenounDEFINITION: a mutual reliance between two or more groupsSENTENCE:“Fours, Fives, and Sixes all wore jackets that fastened down the back so that theywould…learninterdependence.”
November 15, 2017
exuberantadjDEFINITION: filled with lively energy and excitement.SENTENCE:“Theaudienceapplause…rose inanexuberantswell when one parentalpair…tooka malenew childand heard him named Caleb.
November 29, 2017
anguishnounDEFINITION: severe mental or physical pain or sufferingSENTENCE: “Jonas,” shesaid […],“I apologize to you[…].I caused youanguish.”
November 29, 2017
meticulouslyadvDEFINITION:in a way that shows great attention to detail; verythoroughlySENTENCE: Jonas was identified as a possible Receiver many years ago. We have observed himmeticulously.
December 6, 2017
contortedverbDEFINITION: to twist or bend out of its normal shape.SENTENCE:TheGiver looked up at him, his facecontortedwith suffering. “Please,” he gasped, “take some of the pain.”
December 6, 2017
parchedadjDEFINITION: dried out with heatSENTENCE: “Water,” the voice said in aparchedcroaking whisper.
January 24, 2018
conciseadjDEFINITION: to give a lot of information clearly and in a few words.SENTENCE: If you only have sixty seconds to share your whole argument, you must be clear andconcise.
January 24, 2018
prosecutornounDEFINITION: a person who institutes legal proceedings against someone.SENTENCE: A specialprosecutorwas called in to handle the murder trial of QueenieVolupides.
January 31, 2018
forfeiturenounDEFINITION: the giving up of something as a penalty for wrongdoingSENTENCE: Penalties for violation can range fromforfeitureof driver’s licenses…to fines for parents.
January 31, 2018
mundaneadjDEFINITION: lacking interest or excitement; dullSENTENCE: …parents and police are hoping the photo of themundanetext…will serve as a stark reminder to drivers.
February 7, 2018
premisenounDEFINITION: a statement upon which an argument is basedSENTENCE: Texting while driving can result in an accident based on thepremisethat texting is distracting.
February 7, 2018
fallacynounDEFINITION:a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsoundargumentSENTENCE: A logical fallacy is an error in reasoning that makes an argument invalid or unsound.
February 14, 2018
reliableadj.​DEFINITION:consistently good in quality or performance; able to betrustedSENTENCE:Is the information from areliableand trustworthy source?
February 14, 2018
broadadj.​DEFINITION:extensive and wide-rangingSENTENCE:If you search for “Civil War,” there will be hundreds of results because the search term is toobroad.
February 28, 2018
compelverb.DEFINITION:to force someone to actSENTENCE:That accident was acompellingreminder to put your phone down while driving.
February 28, 2018
prominentadj.​DEFINITION:important or well-knownSENTENCE:The students wrote letters toprominentmembers of the city council in order to make change in their community.
March 7, 2018
feasibleadj.​DEFINITION:possibleSENTENCE:It is notfeasibleto win a marathon if you never train.
March 7, 2018
amissadj.​DEFINITION:in a mistaken or faulty waySENTENCE: There was somethingamissabout the crime scene which made the detectives wonder about what really happened.

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