8th grade Daily Spark Vocabulary Words

Daily Spark         Week 1         

 

1. evanescent      adj.

Def:  fleeting, momentary, short-lived

Sentence:  The evanescent mist over the city disappears each day after the sun rises.

 

2. negligible        adj.

Def:  of little importance, hardly noticeable

Synonyms:   in _ _ g _ _ fi _ an_,    t _ _ y

 

 

3. capitulate   vb.

Def:  to give up, to surrender

Sentence:

 

 

4. incessant   adj.

Def:  without end, persistent

Synonyms:  non _ _ _ p,  con_ _ _ _ _ _ s

 

 

5. utopia   n.

Def:  an ideal place, paradise

 

Write 3 to 5 sentences describing your own utopia.

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Daily Spark       Week 2     

 

6. lethargy  n.

Def:  laziness, tiredness

List 2 times when you’ve experienced lethargy.

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7. fluctuate  vb.

Def: to change, to ebb and flow, to rise and fall

Sentence:  The temperature in Minnesota fluctuates a great deal; it ranges from 90 degrees above zero in the summer, to minus 30 degrees in the winter.

 

 

8. capricious   adj.

Def:  variable, unpredictable, changeable

Synonyms:  er _ _ t _ _,    wh _ m _ _ _ al

The capricious actress demanded a bowl of green lollipops in her dressing room, decided she didn’t want them, and then threw the bowl against the wall.

 

 

9. venerate    vb.

Def:  to revere, to honor

Sentence:

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Daily Spark      Week 3        

10. enigma     n.

Def:  a puzzle, a mystery

Sentence:  Baffled by the enigma of the missing socks Andy decided to call in the experts: Mom and Dad.

 

11. pompous     adj.

Def:  arrogant

Antonyms:  mo _ es _,    unas _ um _ _ _

Describe in 2 to 3 sentences how a pompous person might act.

12. zenith       n.

Def:  highest point, pinnacle

Synonyms: sum _ _ _,    a _ _ x

Describe the view from the zenith of a mountain. What would you see, hear, and smell?

 

13. clandestine  adj.

Def:  secret

Sentence: The government agent trained for years before he began his clandestine activities overseas.  List two clandestine activities this agent might be doing in his job.

 

14. fortuitous       adj.

Def: accidental, by chance, lucky

Sentence:  On her way to the gym, Jill made a fortuitous discovery:  a hundred dollar bill lying on the sidewalk.  List 2 fortuitous events that you’ve experienced.  

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