WONDER Vocabulary: Set A: p. 1 – 40
petrified • Verb • Extremely frightened; terrified; “frozen” in fear • “I am pretty much totally and completely petrified.” (p.4)
Cleft palate • Noun • Birth defect that results in an opening in the roof of the mouth and a deformity of the lips • “They told Mom and Dad I had a cleft palate.” (p.6)
Anomaly • Noun • Irregularity; “glitch”; abnormality; something out of the ordinary • “They called it ‘small anomalies.’” (p6)
exaggerating • Verb • Overstating; embellishing; to make more noticeable • “I’m not exaggerating when I say this...” (p20)
literally • Adverb • Truly; exactly; accurately; without exaggeration • “...my heart literally started beating like I’d just run the longest race in the world.” (p20)
precept • Noun • A key idea or principle to live by • “PRECEPTS= RULES ABOUT REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS” Written by Mr. Browne on his chalkboard
besiege • Verb • to attack by surrounding with military forces; to cause worry or trouble. • The soldiers decided to besiege the enemy at sunset.
compress • Verb • to press together; to reduce in size or volume • The editor asked the author to compress the 400 page novel into 200 pages.
denounce • Verb • To judge openly; to accuse formally • The principal denounced the bully’s behavior by taking away all privileges for the rest of the school year.
expressly • Adverb • plainly, in so many words; for a • particular purpose • Wearing a scarf and gloves was expressly wrong for the hot June day!
immense • adjective • very large or great; beyond ordinary means of measurement • Building a new school would be an immense task.