Vocab for Reading Class – Unit 3

Noun
  1. Acceptance of the truth or existence of something.
  2. The action of expressing or displaying gratitude or appreciation for something.
Synonyms
acknowledgement – recognition – admission – confession

Devastating

Adjective
  1. Highly destructive or damaging.
  2. Causing severe shock, distress, or grief.
Synonyms
destructive – ruinous

Dispel

Verb
  1. Make (a doubt, feeling, or belief) disappear.
  2. Drive (something) away; scatter.
Synonyms
disperse – dissipate

Evade

Verb
  1. Escape or avoid, esp. by cleverness or trickery.
  2. (of an abstract thing) Elude (someone).
Synonyms
elude – avoid – dodge – escape – shun – shirk – eschew

Improvise

Verb
  1. Create and perform (music, drama, or verse) spontaneously or without preparation.
  2. Produce or make (something) from whatever is available: “I improvised a costume for myself”; “sleeping on improvised beds”.
Synonyms
extemporize – ad-lib – vamp – gag

Opponent

Noun
  1. Someone who competes against or fights another in a contest, game, or argument.
  2. A person who disagrees with or resists a proposal or practice.
Synonyms
adversary – antagonist – rival – enemy – foe – competitor

Pensively

— adj
1. deeply or seriously thoughtful, often with a tinge of sadness
2. expressing or suggesting pensiveness

Surge

Noun
A sudden powerful forward or upward movement, esp. by a crowd or by a natural force such as the tide: “flooding caused by tidal surges”.
Verb
(of a crowd or a natural force) Move suddenly and powerfully forward or upward: “the journalists surged forward”.
Synonyms
noun. wave – billow
verb. wave – heave
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