Grade 9 Vocabulary List 1

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aspire (v) to strive for a goal; to want or desire something excellent or far from the current state
bilateral (adj) having two sides
candor (n) honesty or straightforwardness, especially being honest about something pleasant
defraud (v) to cheat; to gain something dishonestly, as through a lie, deception, or confidence game
deity (n) a god or goddess; deities: plural of ‘deity’: plural of ‘deity’
elude (v) to escape from someone or something giving chase or searching; especially to use clever tactics to escape from pursuers
fixture (n) a permanency; a person or thing remaining fixed, in the same position
handwriting (n) the character or style of a person’s writing by hand; cursive writing
havoc (n) chaos or large-scale destruction
imbibe (v) to drink a liquid; to absorb or take in something
juncture (n) a joint or seam, where two parts meet
kernel (n) in a plant, a grain or seed; often edible and found inside the plant
lapse (n) the act of falling from a righteous or just position; a slight or temporary moral failure
malady (n) a disease, illness, or medical condition, especially a serious or chronic condition
myriad (n) many; a large number; countless
necessitate (v) to make something necessary
nestle (v) to lay or be enclosed comfortably; to snuggle
obliterate (v) to destroy; to break down into nothing; to eliminate
parse (v) to break something down into its parts in order to explain or understand it; especially to break apart a sentence into words and phrases, describing each part
queue (n) a line; a group of people waiting in order
ravenous (adj) extremely hungry; filled with hunger that cannot be satisfied
scuttle (v) to sink a ship by creating a hole or holes in the ship beneath the water line; also to destroy or wreck
thearchy (n) a government ruled by the leaders of a religion or by the power of a god or gods
underworld (n) a world beneath or below the normal world, especially a criminal world such as mafia society
writhe (v) to move uncomfortably; to twist around, especially to express pain

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