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Posted Monday 04/08/13 5:50 PM
Word of the Day December 3 to June 17

 

Monday, Dec. 3

morbid

 (adj.) very gloomy

The tone of his story was dark and morbid.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

incentive (n.) a reason for doing something

His father offered the incentive of ten dollars for every report card grade of A.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

theatrical (adj.) of or relating to the theater

The class attended a theatrical performance in New York.

Thursday, Dec. 6

repertory theater (n.) a theatrical organization in which a permanent acting company repeats the performance of different plays during a season

We attended a performance by that repertory theater.

Friday, Dec. 7

mishap (adj.) an unfortunate accident

We had a mishap on the highway and lost a hubcap.

Monday, Dec. 10

vast (adj.) very large

He has a vast collection of stamps.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

miscreant (n.) a wicked person, evil doer or villain

Who is the miscreant responsible for the vandalism?

Wednesday, Dec. 12

misnomer (n.) a name that is not fitting or suitable

Sparky is a misnomer for such a lazy dog.

Thursday, Dec. 13

misconstrue (v.) to mistake the meaning of

I think you misconstrued her remark.

Friday, Dec. 14

bleak (adj.) cold; chilling

The bleak December evening was warmed by the glow of holiday lights.

Monday, Dec. 17

festive(adj.) full of joy and fun; merry

The students were in a festive mood before the vacation.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

miserly (adj.) stingy

Ebenezer Scrooge was a miserly old man.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

benevolent (adj.) kindly; generous

Scrooge changed his ways and became benevolent.

Thursday, Dec. 20

resolution (n.) something that is decided upon; a vow

Have you made a New Year’s resolution for 2013?

Friday, Dec. 21

commence (v.) to begin

Soon we will commence a new year.

Wednesday, Jan.2

radical (adj.) going to the root or origin; basic

He resolved to make a radical change in his study habits.

Thursday, Jan. 3

drone (v.) to talk in a dull, monotonous tone

The speaker droned on and on.

Friday, Jan. 4

tackle (v.) to deal with; work on

How do you think we should tackle this problem?

Monday, Jan. 7

agility (n.) quickness and ease in motion or thought

She showed great agility on the obstacle course.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

intrusive (adj.) unwelcome and disturbing

The actress resented the reporters’ intrusive questions.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

gallantry (n.) heroism; bravery or nobleness of spirit or conduct

The soldier received a medal for gallantry in combat.

Thursday, Jan. 10

adamant(adj.) totally unyielding

Her father was adamant about refusing to allow her to attend the party.

Friday, Jan. 11

ersatz (adj.) artificial

Her ersatz fur coat looks better from a distance.

Monday, Jan. 14

infamous (adj.) having a bad reputation

In the 1920s Chicago was run by infamous criminals.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

tensile (adj.) stretchable

Cast iron is not a tensile metal.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

essence (n.) necessary and basic part

Samuel Johnson said that the essence of poetry is invention.

Thursday, Jan. 17

fringe (n.) outer edge; border

We stood on the fringe of the crowd.

Friday, Jan. 18

meager (adj.) scant

The farmer's earned a meager living because their soil was poor.

Tuesday, Jan.22

entourage (n.) a group of attendants, followers, or companions

The queen never traveled without her entourage.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

notoriety (n.) the state of being well-known for something bad

News of his crimes brought the man unwelcome notoriety.

Thursday, Jan. 24

fervent (adj.) showing great intensity of feeling or emotion

The lawyer made a fervent appeal for justice.

Friday, Jan. 25

conservative (adj.) cautious; moderate

Mr. Brown is a conservative businessman.

The soldier received a medal for

 

gallantry in combat.

Thursday, Jan. 10

adamant

 

(adj.) totally unyielding

Her father was

 

adamant about refusing to allow her to attend the party.

Friday, Jan. 11

ersatz

 

(adj.) artificial

Her

 

ersatz fur coat looks better from a distance.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Jan. 14

infamous

 

(adj.) having a bad reputation

In the 1920s Chicago was run by

 

infamous criminals.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

tensile

 

(adj.) stretchable

Cast iron is not a

 

tensile metal.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

essence

 

(n.) necessary and basic part

Samuel Johnson said that the

 

essence of poetry is invention.

Thursday, Jan. 17

fringe

 

(n.) outer edge; border

We stood on the

 

fringe of the crowd.

Friday, Jan. 18

meager

 

(adj.) scan

The farmers earned a

 

meager living because their soil was poor.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Tuesday, Jan.22

entourage

 

(n.) a group of attendants, followers, or companions

The queen never traveled without her

 

entourage.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

notoriety

 

(n.) the state of being well-known for something bad

News of his crimes brought the man unwelcome

 

notoriety.

Thursday, Jan. 24

fervent

 

(adj.) showing great intensity of feeling or emotion

The lawyer made a

 

fervent appeal for justice.

Friday, Jan. 25

conservative

 

(adj.) cautious; moderate

Mr. Brown is a

 

conservative businessman.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Jan. 28

adulation

 

(n.) lavish praise of flattery

His speech was filled with

 

adulation for his party’s candidate.

Tuesday, Jan.29

loll

 

(v.) to hang down loosely; let droop

The tired dog’s tongue

 

lolled out.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

fathom

 

(v.) to understand fully

Jim could not

 

fathom the meaning of the poem.

Thursday, Jan. 31

conversant

 

(adj.) familiar or acquainted

Even though he grew up in Europe, he is

 

conversant with American history.

Friday, Feb. 1

convalesce

 

(v.) to regain health and strength after an illness

He

 

convalesced at home after his operation.

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Monday, Feb. 4

converge

 

(v.) to come together

Three major roads

 

converge at that intersection.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

converse

 

(n.) something that is opposite of something else

Day is

 

converse of night.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

convene

 

(v.) to come together, especially for a meeting

The legislature

 

convened to discuss the state budget.

Thursday, Feb. 7

jocular

 

(adj.) merry; playful; humorous

My

 

jocular uncle loves teasing us.

Friday, Feb. 8

fictitious

 

(adj.) not real or true; made up

His story seemed real, but it was

 

fictitious.

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Monday, Feb. 11

quixotic

 

(adj.) ridiculously chivalrous or romantic

The

 

quixotic young man sent his true love a partridge in a pear tree.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

missive

 

(n.) a letter or written message

He sent his girlfriend a

 

missive.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

pithy

 

(adj.) short, but full of meaning

His

 

pithy explanation was easy to understand.

Thursday, Feb. 14

symbol

 

(n.) something that stands for or represents something else

A heart is a

 

symbol of love.

Friday, Feb. 15

ruse

 

(n.) an action designed to confuse or mislead; a trick

The magician was a master of the

 

ruse.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Feb. 25

teem

 

(v.) to be present in large quantities; to overflow

San Francisco is a city that

 

teems with color and historic interest.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

attest

 

(v.) to bear witness; affirm to be true or genuine

The quick recovery of the patients

 

attests to the skill of the nursing staff.

Wednesday, Feb.27

dexterous

 

(adj.) skillful in the use of hands or body; clever

The

 

dexterous fingers of the great violinist were guided by his deep understanding of the

music.

Thursday, Feb. 28

fortitude

 

(n.) strength of mind and character

Astronauts must possess great

 

fortitude.

Friday, Mar. 1

confidence

 

(n.) assurance

He spoke with great

 

confidence.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Mar. 4

optimism

 

(n.) anticipation of the most favorable outcome

Her natural

 

optimism helped her in many different situations.

Tuesday, Mar. 5

humane

 

(adj.) marked by compassion; sympathy, or consideration for others

We took the stray dog to the

 

Humane Society.

Wednesday, Mar. 6

sociable

 

(adj.) friendly, pleasant

The new boy is quite

 

sociable and gets along with everyone.

Thursday, Mar. 7

aristocratic

 

(adj.) having qualities of high society

The

 

aristocratic man was accustomed to luxury.

Friday, Mar. 8

hospitable

 

(adj.) welcoming to people

The restaurant manager was very

 

hospitable.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Mar. 11

visionary

 

(adj.) given to dreaming or imagining

Inventors are

 

visionary individuals.

Tuesday, Mar. 12

adaptable

 

(adj.) able to change to fit a new situation

This furniture is

 

adaptable to many climates.

Wednesday, Mar. 13

resolute

 

(adj.) marked by firm determination

John was

 

resolute in his decision to attend Yale.

Thursday, Mar. 14

timorous

 

(adj.) full or fear; afraid

She is so

 

timorous that she refuses to go to sleep in the dark.

Friday, Mar. 15

auspicious

 

(adj.) favorable; lucky

Finding a four leaf clover is believed by some to be an

 

auspicious sign.

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Monday, Mar. 18

serene

 

(adj.) quiet; calm; peaceful

After the storm had passed the lake became

 

serene.

Tuesday, Mar. 19

amity

 

(n.) friendship

There has been

 

amity between the United States and England for many decades.

Wednesday, Mar. 20

curtail

 

(v.) to cut short; reduce

The airline plans to

 

curtail its services in order to save money.

Thursday, Mar. 21

aspiration

 

(n.) ambition

Jean’s

 

aspiration is to win the lead in the school play.

Friday, Mar. 22

allay

 

(v.)

The doctor spoke comforting words to

 

allay the patient’s fears.

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Monday, Mar. 25

ovation

 

(n.) applause

The enthusiastic audience gave the singer a standing

 

ovation at the end of her performance.

Tuesday, Mar. 26

catastrophe

 

(n.) disaster

The earthquake was a

 

catastrophe that caused hundreds of deaths.

Wednesday, Mar. 27

summit

 

(n.) peak

Though only in his thirties, Tiger Woods is at the

 

summit of his career.

Thursday, Mar. 28

tribulation

 

(n.) great trouble of distress

The girls talked for hours about the

 

tribulations of their favorite soap-opera characters.

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Monday, April 1

originate

 

(v.) begin

How did April’s Fool Day

 

originate?

Tuesday, April 2

dislodge

 

(v.) to move; to force out of a place or position

Heavy winds

 

dislodged the bird nest.

Wednesday, April 3

miscalculate

 

(v.) to figure wrongly

If you

 

miscalculate, you will come up with the wrong answer to your math problem.

Thursday, April 4

contemplate

 

(v.) think about intently

Jeff liked to

 

contemplate his plans for summer vacation.

Friday, April 5

submissive

 

(adj.) yielding to authority

The

 

submissive child never questioned his bossy brother’s orders.

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Monday, April 8

fulfilled

 

(adj.) satisfied; content

Mr. Warner did not feel

 

fulfilled in his job as a television producer.

Tuesday, April 9

exceed

 

(v.) to go beyond the limits

Do not

 

exceed the speed limits when you are driving.

Wednesday, April 10

expire

 

(v.) to come to an end; die

She can no longer use the library card because it has

 

expired.

Thursday, April 11

exclusive

 

(adj.) not shared with others

The network has

 

exclusive rights to televise the World Series.

Friday, April 12

sustenance

 

(n.) a means of supporting life; food, and supplies

Paul’s mother packed sandwiches, fruit, and juice for

 

sustenance in the long train trip.

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Monday, April 22

formally

 

(adv.) officially, with ceremony

Although they often saw each other at the train station, Rose and Dylan have never been

 

formally introduced.

Tuesday, April 23

excess

 

(n.) an oversupply; more than enough

There was an

 

excess of help because so many people volunteered to help clean up the park.

Wednesday, April 24

effects

 

(n.) personal belongings or property

His

 

effects were donated to a museum.

Thursday, April 25

mere

 

(adj.) no more than specified; only

They bought the antique for a

 

mere fifty dollars

Friday, April 26

trying

 

(adj.) testing one’s strength or patience to the limit

The months during Sarah’s illness were

 

trying ones for her family.

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Monday, April 29

allegory

 

(n.) a story with symbolic meaning

The

 

allegory featured a white horse in telling a story of sin and guilt.

Tuesday, April 30

analogy

 

(n.) a similarity between otherwise unlike things

The teacher used an

 

analogy that compared life to a football game.

Wednesday, May 1

irony

 

(n.) the opposite of what is expected

The

 

irony was that the firehouse burned while the firefighters were away.

Thursday, May 2

saga

 

(n.) a long story of heroic deeds

Chris spent hours reading the

 

saga of the thunder god Thor.

Friday, May 3

rhetoric

 

(n.) the art of using words effectively

The senator’s forceful

 

rhetoric swayed the audience to his view.

Monday, May 6

aquifer

 (n.) a layer of earth or rock containing water

The engineers pumped the town’s water supply from a nearby aquifer.

Tuesday, May 7

stratified  (adj.) made up of layers

The geologist examined the colorful sample of

stratified rock.

Wednesday, May 8

igneous (adj.) produced by the action of volcanic fire.

Many Central Pacific islands consist of mainly

igneous rock.

Thursday, May 9

inorganic  (adj.) matter that is neither animal nor vegetable

The geology class collected inorganic matter from the river bottom.

Friday, May 10

seismic  (adj.) relating to earthquakes

A seismic tremor that shook San Francisco resulted in raging fires.

Monday, May 13

pitch  (n.) highness or lowness of a sound

The piano had to be tuned after it lost its pitch.

Tuesday, May 14

meter (n.) a unit of measure of musical rhythm

Rachel played the song in the standard meter of three beats per measure.

Wednesday, May 15

allegro (n.) a quick, lively part in the musical composition

The orchestra played the allegro with vigor energy.

Thursday, May 16

forte

 

(n.) loud; strong

The pianist pounded the keys when he reached the part marked forte.

Friday, May 17

crescendo

 

(n.) a gradual increase in force or loudness

The

 

crescendo in the last phrase gave the symphony a dramatic ending.

 

 

Monday, May 20

motif

 

(n.) main theme or element in artistic work

The

 

motif of John’s painting is the innocence of childhood.

Tuesday, May 21

fresco

 

(n.) watercolors painted on moist plaster

Tourists flocked to see the

 

fresco on the wall of the medieval church.

Wednesday, May 22

abstract

 

(adj.) not represented realistically

The students puzzled over the meaning of the

 

abstract painting.

Thursday, May 23

mosaic

 

(n.) designs made by setting colored tiles in mortar

An elaborate

 

mosaic designed with tile squares portrayed an Egyptian burial.

Friday, May 24

chronology

 

(n.) the sequence of events in time

Sean drew a chart showing the

 

chronology of the major Civil War battles.

 

Tuesday, May 28

anachronism

 

(n.) something misplaced in historical order

War plans would be an

 

anachronism in a movie about the Civil War.

Wednesday, May 29

renaissance

 

(n.) a revival of art and learning

A cultural

 

renaissance occurred in Europe after the Dark Ages.

Thursday, May 30

insurgent

 

(n.) a rebel or revolutionary

The

 

insurgent led to the mob of protestors into the streets.

Friday, May 31

coup d’état

 

(n.) a sudden overthrow of a government

The successful

 

coup d’état rid the nation of a tyrant.

 

 

Monday, June 3

aside

 

(n.) an actor’s direct remark to the audience.

The villain’s brief

 

aside revealed his plot to the audience.

Tuesday, June 4

prompter

 

(n.) one who helps the actors with their lines

The

 

prompter whispered the actor’s lines from behind the curtain.

Wednesday, June 5

proscenium

 

(n.) the part of the stage in front of the curtain.

Rose stood alone near the

 

proscenium to introduce the play.

Thursday, June 6

flat

 

(n.) a flat piece of scenery

Pam’s assignment was to paint a landscape

 

flat for the spring musical.

Friday, June 7

avant-garde

 

(adj.) experimental

The daring

 

avant-garde production used new light and sound techniques.

 

Monday, June 10

skeptic

 

(n.) one who doubts, questions or believes

Doubting Thomas is the notorious

 

skeptic in the Bible.

Tuesday, June 11

pragmatic

 

(adj.) practical

The

 

pragmatic politician looked for the most efficient solution to the problem.

Wednesday, June 12

intuitive

 

(adj.) known or perceived without the use of reason

Proven formulas supported Eric’s

 

intuitive understanding of statistics.

Thursday, June 13

hedonist

 

(n.) one who believes happiness or pleasure to be the goal of life.

In summertime, many people become

 

hedonists.

Friday, June 14

soul

 

(n.) the spiritual part of a person

Listening to music can be good for your

 

soul.

 

 

Monday, June 17

sole

 

(n.) the bottom part of a shoe or foot

He developed a blister on his

 

sole.

Posted Monday 03/18/13 2:32 PM
Word of the Day December 3 to June 17

 

Monday, Dec. 3

morbid

 (adj.) very gloomy

The tone of his story was dark and

morbid.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

incentive

 (n.) a reason for doing something

His father offered the

incentive of ten dollars for every report card grade of A.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

theatrical

 (adj.) of or relating to the theater

The class attended a

theatrical performance in New York.

Thursday, Dec. 6

repertory theater

 (n.) a theatrical organization in which a permanent acting company repeats the performance of different plays during a season

We attended a performance by that

repertory theater.

Friday, Dec. 7

mishap

(adj.) an unfortunate accident

We had a

mishap on the highway and lost a hubcap.

 

Monday, Dec. 10

vast

(adj.) very large

He has a

vast collection of stamps.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

miscreant 

 (n.) a wicked person, evil doer or villain

Who is the

miscreant responsible for the vandalism?

Wednesday, Dec. 12

misnomer

 (n.) a name that is not fitting or suitable

Sparky is a misnomer for such a lazy dog.

Thursday, Dec. 13

misconstrue

 (v.) to mistake the meaning of

I think you misconstrued her remark.

Friday, Dec. 14

bleak

 (adj.) cold; chilling

The bleak December evening was warmed by the glow of holiday lights.

 

Monday, Dec. 17

festive

 (adj.) full of joy and fun; merry

The students were in a festive mood before the vacation.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

miserly (adj.) stingy

Ebenezer Scrooge was a miserly old man.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

benevolent

 (adj.) kindly; generous

Scrooge changed his ways and became

benevolent.

Thursday, Dec. 20

resolution

 (n.) something that is decided upon; a vow

Have you made a New Year’s resolution for 2013?

Friday, Dec. 21

commence (v.) to begin

Soon we will commence a new year.

 

Wednesday, Jan.2

radical

(adj.) going to the root or origin; basic

He resolved to make a radical change in his study habits.

Thursday, Jan. 3

drone

(v.) to talk in a dull, monotonous tone

The speaker droned on and on.

Friday, Jan. 4

tackle

(v.) to deal with; work on

How do you think we should tackle this problem?

 

Monday, Jan. 7

agility (n.) quickness and ease in motion or thought

She showed great agility on the obstacle course.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

intrusive

 (adj.) unwelcome and disturbing

The actress resented the reporters’ intrusive questions.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

gallantry

 (n.) heroism; bravery or nobleness of spirit or conduct

The soldier received a medal for gallantry in combat.

Thursday, Jan. 10

adamant

 (adj.) totally unyielding

Her father was adamant about refusing to allow her to attend the party.

Friday, Jan. 11

ersatz (adj.) artificial

Her ersatz fur coat looks better from a distance.

 

Monday, Jan. 14

infamous (adj.) having a bad reputation

In the 1920s Chicago was run by infamous criminals.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

tensile (adj.) stretchable

Cast iron is not a tensile metal.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

essence (n.) necessary and basic part

Samuel Johnson said that the essence of poetry is invention.

Thursday, Jan. 17

fringe (n.) outer edge; border

We stood on the fringe of the crowd.

Friday, Jan. 18

meager (adj.) scant

The farmer's earned a meager living because their soil was poor.

 

Tuesday, Jan.22

entourage (n.) a group of attendants, followers, or companions

The queen never traveled without her entourage.

 Wednesday, Jan. 23

notoriety (n.) the state of being well-known for something bad

News of his crimes brought the man unwelcome

notoriety.

Thursday, Jan. 24

fervent (adj.) showing great intensity of feeling or emotion

The lawyer made a fervent appeal for justice.

Friday, Jan. 25

conservative (adj.) cautious; moderate

Mr. Brown is a conservative businessman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sustain the weight of heavy trucks.

Friday, Sept. 21

interlude

 

(n.) something that fills the time between two other things

After a brief

 

interlude of joking, the mayor returned to serious business.

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Monday, Sept. 24

commendable

 

(adj.) worthy of praise

Was your work commendable this year?

Tuesday, Sept 25

originate

 

(v.) to come into being; to begin

That custom originated in France.

Thursday, Sept. 27

restored

 

 

humble

 

(adj.) not grand, lofty, or noble

Many of our presidents were men of

 

humble origins.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

abundance (

 

n.) a quantity that is greater than enough; plenty.

 

 

 

vigorous scrubbing.

Thursday, Oct. 4

scrutinize

 

(v.) to look closely; to examine

Scrutinize

 

your math paper for errors.

Friday, Oct. 5

universal

 

(adj.) worldwide; belonging to or having to do with all people.

Kindness is a

 

universal value.

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Tuesday, Oct 9

ample

 

(adj.) full or enough; plenty of something

There was

 

ample parking for all of the guests.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

possibility

 

(n.) something that may happen

He is always interested in the

 

possibility of a new challenge.

Thursday, Oct. 11

advocate

 

(n.) a person who defends or stands up for other people or a cause

She decided to become an

 

advocate for Native Americans.

Friday, Oct. 12

lyrica

 

l (adj.) song like; poetic

Her description of her grandmother’s garden was

 

lyrical.

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Monday, Oct. 15

subtle

 

(adj.) skillful; artful; delicately crafted

The painter used

 

subtle shades of green and blue.

Tuesday Oct. 16

grippin

 

g (adj.) strongly holding one’s attention; fascinating

The man told a

 

gripping account of his rescue.

Wednesday Oct. 17

wrongfully (

 

adv.) unjustly; unfairly

He was

 

wrongfully accused of a crime that someone else had committed.

Thursday, Oct. 18

formidable

 

(adj.) causing wonder or amazement because of size or greatness

An elephant is a

 

formidable animal.

Friday, Oct. 19

menacing

 

(adj.) dangerous; threatening

A Bengal tiger can look very

 

menacing.

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Monday, Oct. 22

maneuver

 

(v.) to direct or guide with skill

He tried to

 

maneuver the boat closer to the dock.

Tuesday, Oct 23

animated

 

(adj.) moving as if alive

The movie won a special award for

 

animated films.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

ingeniou

 

s (adj.) showing great originality and cleverness

Walt Disney was an

 

ingenious individual.

Thursday, Oct. 25

navigable

 

(adj.) wide and deep enough for travel by boat

Even though the lake was artificial, it was

 

navigable.

Friday, Oct. 26

replica

 (n.) a copy

From his trip to Paris, John brought back a miniature

replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Monday, Oct. 29

fantasy

 

(n.) make believe, imagination

Sometimes people need to escape from the world of reality to one of

fantasy.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

illusion

 

(n.) a kind of trick that makes something look like it really exists

The ghost in the haunted house looked real, but it was just an

 

illusion.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

predator

 

(n.) an animal that kills other animals for food

The great white shark is the most dangerous

 

predator in the sea.

Thursday, Nov. 1

encounter

 

(v.) to meet face to face

He was surprised to

 

encounter his science teacher at the rock concert.

Friday, Nov. 2

fraught

 

(adj.) accompanied by: full of

Before his driving test, Brian was

 

fraught with nervousness.

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Monday, Nov. 5

ruthless

 

(adj.) showing no mercy or pity

The

 

ruthless girl demanded her brother’s Halloween candy.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

skittish

 

(adj.) extremely nervous and easily frightened

After her horseback riding accident, she became very

 

skittish about riding.

Thursday, Nov. 8

gallant

 

(adj.) brave; spirited; noble

In medieval times

 

gallant knights fought for the king.

Friday, Nov. 9

vie

 

(v.) to compete

A number of cities

 

vie with one another to become the site of the Olympic Games.

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Tuesday, Nov. 13

audacious

 

(adj.) bold, adventurous, recklessly daring

Washington crossed the Delaware and launched an

 

audacious attack on the British.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

solicitous

 

(adj.) showing concern or care

The nurse was very

 

solicitous of her patient.

Thursday, Nov. 15

peruse

 

(v.) to read thoroughly and carefully

He asked his lawyer to

 

peruse the contract before he signed it.

Friday, Nov. 16

disdain

 

(n.) a feeling of contempt

They looked with

 

disdain on the ignorant man.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Nov. 19

intrigue

 

(n.) crafty dealings, underhanded plotting

The brokers were involved in illegal

 

intrigue.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

misgiving

 

(n.) a feeling of doubt or uneasiness

She had

 

misgivings about making the long trip alone.

Wednesday, Nov 21

facetious

 

(adj.) humorous, not meant seriously

He was being

 

facetious when he made that remark.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Nov. 26

finesse

 

(n.) delicate skill; tact and cleverness

She used

 

finesse in dealing with the angry customer.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

anguish

 

(n.) great suffering, distress or pain

Many people experienced

 

anguish upon hearing about the assassination.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

resolute

 

(adj.) bold; determined, firm

He remained

 

resolute despite several attacks

Thursday, Nov. 29

articulate

 

(adj.) able to use language effectively

A successful lawyer must be an

 

articulate individual.

Friday, Nov. 30

bountiful

 

(adj.) generous; plentiful

The pilgrims celebrated a

 

bountiful harvest with a day of thanks.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Dec. 3

morbid

 

(adj.) very gloomy

The tone of his story was dark and

 

morbid.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

incentive

 

(n.) a reason for doing something

His father offered the

 

incentive of ten dollars for every report card grade of A.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

theatrical

 

(adj.) of or relating to the theater

The class attended a

 

theatrical performance in New York.

Thursday, Dec. 6

repertory theater

 

(n.) a theatrical organization in which a permanent acting company repeats the performance of different plays during a season

We attended a performance by that

 

repertory theater.

Friday, Dec. 7

mishap

 

(adj.) an unfortunate accident

We had a

 

mishap on the highway and lost a hubcap.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Dec. 10

vast

 

(adj.) very large

He has a

 

vast collection of stamps.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

miscreant

 

(n.) a wicked person, evil doer or villain

Who is the

 

miscreant responsible for the vandalism?

Wednesday, Dec. 12

misnomer

 

(n.) a name that is not fitting or suitable

Sparky is a

 

misnomer for such a lazy dog.

Thursday, Dec. 13

misconstrue

 

(v.) to mistake the meaning of

I think you

 

misconstrued her remark.

Friday, Dec. 14

bleak

 

(adj.) cold; chilling

The

 

bleak December evening was warmed by the glow of holiday lights.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Dec. 17

festive

 

(adj.) full of joy and fun; merry

The students were in a

 

festive mood before the vacation.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

miserly

 

(adj.) stingy

Ebenezer Scrooge was a

 

miserly old man.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

benevolent

 

(adj.) kindly; generous

Scrooge changed his ways and became

 

benevolent.

Thursday, Dec. 20

resolution

 

(n.) something that is decided upon; a vow

Have you made a New Year’s

 

resolution for 2013?

Friday, Dec. 21

commence

 

(v.) to begin

Soon we will

 

commence a new year.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Wednesday, Jan.2

radical

 

(adj.) going to the root or origin; basic

He resolved to make a

 

radical change in his study habits.

Thursday, Jan. 3

drone

 

(v.) to talk in a dull, monotonous tone

The speaker

droned on and on.

Friday, Jan. 4

tackle

 (v.) to deal with; work on

How do you think we should

tackle this problem?

 

Monday, Jan. 7

agility (

 

n.) quickness and ease in motion or thought

She showed great

 

agility on the obstacle course.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

intrusive

 

(adj.) unwelcome and disturbing

The actress resented the reporters’

 

intrusive questions.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

gallantry

 

(n.) heroism; bravery or nobleness of spirit or conduct

The soldier received a medal for

 

gallantry in combat.

Thursday, Jan. 10

adamant

 

(adj.) totally unyielding

Her father was

 

adamant about refusing to allow her to attend the party.

Friday, Jan. 11

ersatz

 

(adj.) artificial

Her

 

ersatz fur coat looks better from a distance.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Jan. 14

infamous

 

(adj.) having a bad reputation

In the 1920s Chicago was run by

 

infamous criminals.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

tensile

 

(adj.) stretchable

Cast iron is not a

 

tensile metal.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

essence

 

(n.) necessary and basic part

Samuel Johnson said that the

 

essence of poetry is invention.

Thursday, Jan. 17

fringe

 

(n.) outer edge; border

We stood on the

 

fringe of the crowd.

Friday, Jan. 18

meager

 

(adj.) scan

The farmers earned a

 

meager living because their soil was poor.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Tuesday, Jan.22

entourage

 

(n.) a group of attendants, followers, or companions

The queen never traveled without her

 

entourage.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

notoriety

 

(n.) the state of being well-known for something bad

News of his crimes brought the man unwelcome

 

notoriety.

Thursday, Jan. 24

fervent

 

(adj.) showing great intensity of feeling or emotion

The lawyer made a

 

fervent appeal for justice.

Friday, Jan. 25

conservative

 

(adj.) cautious; moderate

Mr. Brown is a

 

conservative businessman.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Jan. 28

adulation

 

(n.) lavish praise of flattery

His speech was filled with

 

adulation for his party’s candidate.

Tuesday, Jan.29

loll

 

(v.) to hang down loosely; let droop

The tired dog’s tongue

 

lolled out.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

fathom

 

(v.) to understand fully

Jim could not

 

fathom the meaning of the poem.

Thursday, Jan. 31

conversant

 

(adj.) familiar or acquainted

Even though he grew up in Europe, he is

 

conversant with American history.

Friday, Feb. 1

convalesce

 

(v.) to regain health and strength after an illness

He

 

convalesced at home after his operation.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Feb. 4

converge

 

(v.) to come together

Three major roads

 

converge at that intersection.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

converse

 

(n.) something that is opposite of something else

Day is

 

converse of night.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

convene

 

(v.) to come together, especially for a meeting

The legislature

 

convened to discuss the state budget.

Thursday, Feb. 7

jocular

 

(adj.) merry; playful; humorous

My

 

jocular uncle loves teasing us.

Friday, Feb. 8

fictitious

 

(adj.) not real or true; made up

His story seemed real, but it was

 

fictitious.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Feb. 11

quixotic

 

(adj.) ridiculously chivalrous or romantic

The

 

quixotic young man sent his true love a partridge in a pear tree.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

missive

 

(n.) a letter or written message

He sent his girlfriend a

 

missive.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

pithy

 

(adj.) short, but full of meaning

His

 

pithy explanation was easy to understand.

Thursday, Feb. 14

symbol

 

(n.) something that stands for or represents something else

A heart is a

 

symbol of love.

Friday, Feb. 15

ruse

 

(n.) an action designed to confuse or mislead; a trick

The magician was a master of the

 

ruse.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Feb. 25

teem

 

(v.) to be present in large quantities; to overflow

San Francisco is a city that

 

teems with color and historic interest.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

attest

 

(v.) to bear witness; affirm to be true or genuine

The quick recovery of the patients

 

attests to the skill of the nursing staff.

Wednesday, Feb.27

dexterous

 

(adj.) skillful in the use of hands or body; clever

The

 

dexterous fingers of the great violinist were guided by his deep understanding of the

music.

Thursday, Feb. 28

fortitude

 

(n.) strength of mind and character

Astronauts must possess great

 

fortitude.

Friday, Mar. 1

confidence

 

(n.) assurance

He spoke with great

 

confidence.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Mar. 4

optimism

 

(n.) anticipation of the most favorable outcome

Her natural

 

optimism helped her in many different situations.

Tuesday, Mar. 5

humane

 

(adj.) marked by compassion; sympathy, or consideration for others

We took the stray dog to the

 

Humane Society.

Wednesday, Mar. 6

sociable

 

(adj.) friendly, pleasant

The new boy is quite

 

sociable and gets along with everyone.

Thursday, Mar. 7

aristocratic

 

(adj.) having qualities of high society

The

 

aristocratic man was accustomed to luxury.

Friday, Mar. 8

hospitable

 

(adj.) welcoming to people

The restaurant manager was very

 

hospitable.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Mar. 11

visionary

 

(adj.) given to dreaming or imagining

Inventors are

 

visionary individuals.

Tuesday, Mar. 12

adaptable

 

(adj.) able to change to fit a new situation

This furniture is

 

adaptable to many climates.

Wednesday, Mar. 13

resolute

 

(adj.) marked by firm determination

John was

 

resolute in his decision to attend Yale.

Thursday, Mar. 14

timorous

 

(adj.) full or fear; afraid

She is so

 

timorous that she refuses to go to sleep in the dark.

Friday, Mar. 15

auspicious

 

(adj.) favorable; lucky

Finding a four leaf clover is believed by some to be an

 

auspicious sign.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Mar. 18

serene

 

(adj.) quiet; calm; peaceful

After the storm had passed the lake became

 

serene.

Tuesday, Mar. 19

amity

 

(n.) friendship

There has been

 

amity between the United States and England for many decades.

Wednesday, Mar. 20

curtail

 

(v.) to cut short; reduce

The airline plans to

 

curtail its services in order to save money.

Thursday, Mar. 21

aspiration

 

(n.) ambition

Jean’s

 

aspiration is to win the lead in the school play.

Friday, Mar. 22

allay

 

(v.)

The doctor spoke comforting words to

 

allay the patient’s fears.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, Mar. 25

ovation

 

(n.) applause

The enthusiastic audience gave the singer a standing

 

ovation at the end of her performance.

Tuesday, Mar. 26

catastrophe

 

(n.) disaster

The earthquake was a

 

catastrophe that caused hundreds of deaths.

Wednesday, Mar. 27

summit

 

(n.) peak

Though only in his thirties, Tiger Woods is at the

 

summit of his career.

Thursday, Mar. 28

tribulation

 

(n.) great trouble of distress

The girls talked for hours about the

 

tribulations of their favorite soap-opera characters.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, April 1

originate

 

(v.) begin

How did April’s Fool Day

 

originate?

Tuesday, April 2

dislodge

 

(v.) to move; to force out of a place or position

Heavy winds

 

dislodged the bird nest.

Wednesday, April 3

miscalculate

 

(v.) to figure wrongly

If you

 

miscalculate, you will come up with the wrong answer to your math problem.

Thursday, April 4

contemplate

 

(v.) think about intently

Jeff liked to

 

contemplate his plans for summer vacation.

Friday, April 5

submissive

 

(adj.) yielding to authority

The

 

submissive child never questioned his bossy brother’s orders.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, April 8

fulfilled

 

(adj.) satisfied; content

Mr. Warner did not feel

 

fulfilled in his job as a television producer.

Tuesday, April 9

exceed

 

(v.) to go beyond the limits

Do not

 

exceed the speed limits when you are driving.

Wednesday, April 10

expire

 

(v.) to come to an end; die

She can no longer use the library card because it has

 

expired.

Thursday, April 11

exclusive

 

(adj.) not shared with others

The network has

 

exclusive rights to televise the World Series.

Friday, April 12

sustenance

 

(n.) a means of supporting life; food, and supplies

Paul’s mother packed sandwiches, fruit, and juice for

 

sustenance in the long train trip.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, April 22

formally

 

(adv.) officially, with ceremony

Although they often saw each other at the train station, Rose and Dylan have never been

 

formally introduced.

Tuesday, April 23

excess

 

(n.) an oversupply; more than enough

There was an

 

excess of help because so many people volunteered to help clean up the park.

Wednesday, April 24

effects

 

(n.) personal belongings or property

His

 

effects were donated to a museum.

Thursday, April 25

mere

 

(adj.) no more than specified; only

They bought the antique for a

 

mere fifty dollars

Friday, April 26

trying

 

(adj.) testing one’s strength or patience to the limit

The months during Sarah’s illness were

 

trying ones for her family.

2012-2013 Word of the Day East Shore Middle School

Monday, April 29

allegory

 

(n.) a story with symbolic meaning

The

 

allegory featured a white horse in telling a story of sin and guilt.

Tuesday, April 30

analogy

 

(n.) a similarity between otherwise unlike things

The teacher used an

 

analogy that compared life to a football game.

Wednesday, May 1

irony

 

(n.) the opposite of what is expected

The

 

irony was that the firehouse burned while the firefighters were away.

Thursday, May 2

saga

 

(n.) a long story of heroic deeds

Chris spent hours reading the

 

saga of the thunder god Thor.

Friday, May 3

rhetoric

 

(n.) the art of using words effectively

The senator’s forceful

 

rhetoric swayed the audience to his view.

Monday, May 6

aquifer

 (n.) a layer of earth or rock containing water

The engineers pumped the town’s water supply from a nearby aquifer.

Tuesday, May 7

stratified  (adj.) made up of layers

The geologist examined the colorful sample of

stratified rock.

Wednesday, May 8

igneous (adj.) produced by the action of volcanic fire.

Many Central Pacific islands consist of mainly

igneous rock.

Thursday, May 9

inorganic  (adj.) matter that is neither animal nor vegetable

The geology class collected inorganic matter from the river bottom.

Friday, May 10

seismic  (adj.) relating to earthquakes

A seismic tremor that shook San Francisco resulted in raging fires.

Monday, May 13

pitch  (n.) highness or lowness of a sound

The piano had to be tuned after it lost its pitch.

Tuesday, May 14

meter (n.) a unit of measure of musical rhythm

Rachel played the song in the standard meter of three beats per measure.

Wednesday, May 15

allegro (n.) a quick, lively part in the musical composition

The orchestra played the allegro with vigor energy.

Thursday, May 16

forte

 

(n.) loud; strong

The pianist pounded the keys when he reached the part marked forte.

Friday, May 17

crescendo

 

(n.) a gradual increase in force or loudness

The

 

crescendo in the last phrase gave the symphony a dramatic ending.

 

 

Monday, May 20

motif

 

(n.) main theme or element in artistic work

The

 

motif of John’s painting is the innocence of childhood.

Tuesday, May 21

fresco

 

(n.) watercolors painted on moist plaster

Tourists flocked to see the

 

fresco on the wall of the medieval church.

Wednesday, May 22

abstract

 

(adj.) not represented realistically

The students puzzled over the meaning of the

 

abstract painting.

Thursday, May 23

mosaic

 

(n.) designs made by setting colored tiles in mortar

An elaborate

 

mosaic designed with tile squares portrayed an Egyptian burial.

Friday, May 24

chronology

 

(n.) the sequence of events in time

Sean drew a chart showing the

 

chronology of the major Civil War battles.

 

Tuesday, May 28

anachronism

 

(n.) something misplaced in historical order

War plans would be an

 

anachronism in a movie about the Civil War.

Wednesday, May 29

renaissance

 

(n.) a revival of art and learning

A cultural

 

renaissance occurred in Europe after the Dark Ages.

Thursday, May 30

insurgent

 

(n.) a rebel or revolutionary

The

 

insurgent led to the mob of protestors into the streets.

Friday, May 31

coup d’état

 

(n.) a sudden overthrow of a government

The successful

 

coup d’état rid the nation of a tyrant.

 

 

Monday, June 3

aside

 

(n.) an actor’s direct remark to the audience.

The villain’s brief

 

aside revealed his plot to the audience.

Tuesday, June 4

prompter

 

(n.) one who helps the actors with their lines

The

 

prompter whispered the actor’s lines from behind the curtain.

Wednesday, June 5

proscenium

 

(n.) the part of the stage in front of the curtain.

Rose stood alone near the

 

proscenium to introduce the play.

Thursday, June 6

flat

 

(n.) a flat piece of scenery

Pam’s assignment was to paint a landscape

 

flat for the spring musical.

Friday, June 7

avant-garde

 

(adj.) experimental

The daring

 

avant-garde production used new light and sound techniques.

 

Monday, June 10

skeptic

 

(n.) one who doubts, questions or believes

Doubting Thomas is the notorious

 

skeptic in the Bible.

Tuesday, June 11

pragmatic

 

(adj.) practical

The

 

pragmatic politician looked for the most efficient solution to the problem.

Wednesday, June 12

intuitive

 

(adj.) known or perceived without the use of reason

Proven formulas supported Eric’s

 

intuitive understanding of statistics.

Thursday, June 13

hedonist

 

(n.) one who believes happiness or pleasure to be the goal of life.

In summertime, many people become

 

hedonists.

Friday, June 14

soul

 

(n.) the spiritual part of a person

Listening to music can be good for your

 

soul.

 

 

Monday, June 17

sole

 

(n.) the bottom part of a shoe or foot

He developed a blister on his

 

sole.

Posted Monday 03/18/13 2:32 PM
After School Programs

Cosmic - 6th grade - A trip to the Peabody Museum is planned for Saturday, March 9th from 9:00 to 2:00 P.M.

Captivating - 7th/8th - Trip to the Hartford Science Museum Saturday, March 23rd.  Time to follow.

Please bring back your fund raiser envelopes by Thursday, March 7th. 

Posted Monday 03/04/13 3:34 PM
After school programs

Cosmic Cultures (6th grade) program will be Thursday, February 28th 2:45 to 7:15 P.M. at Bailey Middle Schhol.  Permission slips are due back as soon as possible. 

Captivating Kids (7th/8th grade) program will be Friday, March 1 2:45 to 7:15 at Hamden M.S. first for team building activities then to Eli Whitney Musuem to build vibrating robots (wooden robots). Free and available to any seventh/eighth grader.  Permission slips due back Thursday.

No NEWSPAPER CLUB Thursday, Feb. 28th due to the 6th grade trip.

Posted Tuesday 02/26/13 6:43 AM
Fund Raiser 2/19/13

Parents,

A white envelope was sent home with your child today in homeroom.  Please help support our PTA. 

Don't forget to hand in your East Shore yearbook order.  Extra forms are available in homeroom.

Posted Tuesday 02/19/13 4:36 PM
Fund Raiser 2/19/13

Parents,

A white envelope was sent home with your child today in homeroom.  Please help support our PTA. 

Don't forget to hand in your East Shore yearbook order.  Extra forms are available in homeroom.

Posted Tuesday 02/19/13 4:36 PM
Newspaper Club
Meeting in room 17 - Thursday, January 31
Posted Monday 01/28/13 2:48 PM
Captivating Kids - 7th and 8th grade program

This is our December rescheduled trip.

We will meet in Room 17 after school 2:45 to 3:15 to board the bus to Seymour Middle School, 211 Mountain Rd., 203-888-4513 (main office.)

Mr. Pelosi and Mrs. Brennan, Directors, will share an overview of the program. Then students will break off into groups for introductions.  Around 5, music and entertainment will be provided in the gym, and pizza will be served at 6:00.  Please bring snacks and water to tide you over.

We will be back to East Shore at approximately 7:45 depending on weather/traffic.  

Posted Tuesday 01/22/13 3:08 PM
Cosmic Cultures Exchange Thursday 1/24

Where: Meet in room 17 at 2:45 until 3:15 for homework help.

Board the bus to Bailey Middle School, 95 Morgan St., West Haven, CT

Arrive back to East Shore for dismissal to parents at 7:15.

Permission slips have been distributed.  Please see Ms. Richiski in Room 17 for a slip.  The trip is this Thursday and the theme is Ancient Egypt.

Posted Tuesday 01/22/13 3:05 PM
Captivating Kids Exchange Day
The Seventh and Eighth grade program Captivating Kids will have its first exchange day.  It will be Friday, December 14th at Seymour Middle School from 2:45 to 7:15 P.M.  Be sure to turn in your permission slip to Room 17 as soon as possible.
Posted Monday 12/03/12 3:32 PM
Newspaper Club
Newspaper Club has been cancelled for this Thursday, December 6th.  I will be chaperoning the sixth grade Cosmic Cultures exchange day to Bailey Middle School from 2:45 to 7:15 P.M.
Posted Monday 12/03/12 3:31 PM
Drama Club Pasta Party
Please help support the East Shore Drama Club.  The pasta party will be held Thursday, November 29th in the Cafe from 6- 8 P.M.  Permission slips and $5 are due back to your homeroom teacher by Monday, November 26th.
Posted Monday 11/19/12 10:35 AM
Captivating Kids Schedule

2012 and 2013 Schedule available

Once approved by administration, copies of contact information, schedules and photo release forms will be sent home.

Posted Wednesday 11/14/12 2:08 PM
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