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  • abate; verb

    The speaker waited until the applause had ABATED before continuing.

    Unabated, used as an adjective: showing no sign of weakening; showing no decrease.

    Representative Millet showed UNABATED enthusiasm for campaigning for the Senate seat, even though he had been twice defeated for that electoral office.

    what vocabulary word means:

    to become weaker; to decrease.

    What type of speech is it?

    impartial; adjective

    A judge should be IMPARTIAL in the courtroom.

    what vocabulary word means:

    not favoring one side more than another; fair.

    What type of speech is it?

    irrelevant; adjective

    The candidate's personal wealth is IRRELEVANT to our discussions about his qualifications for the job.

    what vocabulary word means:

    having nothing to do with the subject

    What type of speech is it?

    precise; adjective

    Do you know the PRECISE time that your plane arrives?

    An eye surgeon's work requires great PRECISION.

    what vocabulary word means:

    exact; accurate.

    What type of speech is it?

    astute; adjective

    An ASTUTE shopper compares prices carefully before making a purchase. Caveat emptore!

    what vocabulary word means:

    wise in a clever or practical way

    What type of speech is it?

    devour

    The wolf was about to DEVOUR Little Red Riding Hood.

    The children DEVOURED comic books when they were younger.

    what vocabulary word means:

    to eat up hungrily; to take in eagerly with the eyes or ears.

    What type of speech is it?

    figment; noun

    The monster in the closet is a FIGMENT of the children's imagination.

    what vocabulary word means:

    something that is made up in the mind, but that has no connection with reality.

    What type of speech is it?

    ungainly; adjective

    Walruses, graceful in the water, are UNGAINLY creatures on land.

    what vocabulary word means:

    moving in a clumsy or awkward way.

    What type of speech is it?

    annihilate; verb

    General Custer's army of over 200 men was ANNIHILATED at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

    what vocabulary word means:

    to destroy complete; to reduce to utter ruin.

    What type of speech is it?

    bestow; verb

    An Academy Award is the highest honor Hollywood can bestow on a film.

    what vocabulary word means:

    to give as an honor; to present as a gift.

    What type of speech is it?

    muse; verb

    I MUSED over whether to sell the house.

    what vocabulary word means:

    to think about in a quiet, careful way

    What type of speech is it?

    unwitting; adjective

    I tried to ignore the UNWITTING insult, but his comment hurt me just the same.

    what vocabulary word means:

    not done on purpose; unintended.

    What type of speech is it?

    competent; adjective

    The mechanic is COMPETENT to work on the car's brakes.

    As a noun: the ability to do what is needed.

    This examination tests the student's COMPETENCE to drive safely.

    what vocabulary word means:

    having the ability to do what is needed.

    What type of speech is it?

    dilapidated; adjective

    The shed was so DILAPIDATED that it wasn't worth repairing.

    what vocabulary word means:

    In poor condition from neglect or age.

    What type of speech is it?

    loath; adjective

    I was LOATH to put my trust in such a devious person.

    what vocabulary word means:

    unwilling; reluctant.

    What type of speech is it?

    renovate; verb

    We intend to RENOVATE the apartment completely before we move in.

    As a noun: the act of renovating; the thing renovated.

    A group of concerned parents was responsible for the RENOVATION of the playground.

    what vocabulary word means:

    to make like new again.

    What type of speech is it?

    agitate;verb

    1. Talk of sharks in the water AGITATED swimmers at the beach.

    2. Strong winds AGITATED the surface of the lake.

    3. The miners AGITATED For better working conditions.

    what vocabulary word means:

    1. to disturb of upset.
    2. to move with an irregular, fast, or violent action.
    3. to stir up interest in and support for a cause.

    What type of speech is it?

    menial; adjective

    Desperate for money, Oliver accepted MENIAL work, with little pay.

    what vocabulary word means:

    of or relating to low-level, humble work.

    What type of speech is it?

    respite; noun

    The rain brought a welcome RESPITE from the tremendous heat.

    what vocabulary word means:

    a period of rest; a pause.

    What type of speech is it?

    strenuous; adjective

    Chopping wood is STRENUOUS work.

    The plan to close the local school met with STRENUOUS opposition from parents.

    what vocabulary word means:

    1. needing much effort; using a lot of energy
    2. very active; vigorous

    What type of speech is it?

    blatant; adjective

    The governor's promise to cut taxes if re-elected was a BLATANT attempt to win votes.

    what vocabulary word means:

    very obvious in an offensive or shameless way.

    What type of speech is it?

    fluster; verb

    The personal question FLUSTERED me, so I was unable to think of an answer quickly.

    what vocabulary word means:

    to make nervous, embarrassed, or confused.

    What type of speech is it?

    intimidate; verb

    The pitcher's scowl was intended to INTIMIDATE the batter.

    Used as a noun: intimidation is the act of intimidating.

    Jones claimed that INTIMIDATION had been used to make him confess to the crime.

    what vocabulary word means:

    to frighten, especially by threatening someone.

    What type of speech is it?

    retort; verb (it can also be a noun--see next question).

    "You have much to be modest about," I RETORTED when the speaker claimed to be a modest person.

    what vocabulary word means:

    to answer, especially in a quick or clever way

    What type of speech is it?

    retort: noun (it can also be a verb -- see previous question).

    Unable to think of a suitable RETORT, I remained silent.

    what vocabulary word means:

    a quick or clever reply

    What type of speech is it?

    brainstorm / prewrite

    first step of writing

    write / draft

    second step of writing

    edit

    third step of writing

    revise

    fourth step of writing

    publish

    fifth step of writing

    first step

    What step of writing involves brainstorming or pre-writing?

    last or fifth step

    What step of writing involves publishing?

    third step. After drafting, before revising.

    What step of writing involves editing?

    Second step--after brainstorming or pre-writing.

    What step of writing involves drafting.

    fourth step--after editing, before publishing

    What step of writing involves revising.

    thesis or claim

    This is a road map for a paper, which interprets subject and answers question. It is the POINT of an essay.

    point

    The thesis or claim is the ___________ of an essay.

    first

    The thesis usually goes in the ___________ ______________ of a literary essay?

    the beginning of a body paragraph

    Where does the topic sentence usually go in a paragraph?

    topic sentence

    This almost always starts a body paragraph.

    details and evidence and focusing direction

    What else does a body paragraph include

    examples would be in what part of an essay?

    body paragraph (as details or evidence)

    conclusion

    this part of a literary essay summarizes the paper, reminds the reader of important claims, and wraps things up.

    personal narrative

    This kind of essay includes tension (or conflict) resolution, realistic characters, and setting (?)

    purpose or point

    personal narrative conveys a ______________ or _________________

    tension

    What has to be in a personal narrative, as a kind of conflict?

    realistic characters

    What type of characters are in a personal narrative

    resolution

    What has to happen in (and usually toward the end of) a personal narrative?

    claim or thesis

    Each part of a literary essay must build your _________________ or _____________.

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