8th grade Daily Spark Vocabulary Words

Daily Spark Quiz Friday Oct. 13 - Weeks 1 -5 (#1-21) Below

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



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.




Daily Spark       Week 2     

6. lethargy    n.

Def:  laziness, tiredness

List 2 times when you’ve experienced lethargy.




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



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.  



Daily Spark       Week 4       

15. propensity    n.

Def:  preference, predisposition

Synonyms:  incl _ n_ _ _ _ n,     tend _ _ _ _



16. sporadic     adj.

Def:  infrequent, intermittent, inconsistent

List two things you can do sporadically.


17. pragmatic     adj.

Def:  practical, sensible, realistic

Sentence:  Mrs. Matsumoto, always pragmatic, didn’t panic when the projector screen fell off the wall; she just stepped back and said, “Ouch!”

Name 2 things you’ve seen me do that demonstrate I’m a pragmatic person.


18. sycophant     n.

Def:  one who flatters

Sentence:  Bill is such a sycophant. As student council president, all he does is kiss up to the principal and praise all of her decisions. 

List 2 things a sycophant might say to Mrs. Matsumoto


19. efface    vb.

Def: to wipe out, to destroy, to wear away




Daily Spark       Week 5     


20. spurious              adj.

Def:  fake, false

List 2 antonyms.

Sentence:  Sue tried to defend herself against the spurious claim that she had cheated on her math test.


21. benevolent     adj.

Def:  showing compassion, generous, caring


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