Published on June 28, 2014
A Sound of Thunder 221 annihilate (¥·n¢√¥·l†t≈) v.: destroy; wipe out. Ifwe continue to destroy the region's forests,we may also annihilate the wildlife that lives there. expendable (ek·spen√d¥·b¥l) adj.: worth sacri- ficing to gain an objective. The officers regretted the loss but considered the ground troops expendable. depression (d≤·presh√¥n) n.: major economic downturn. ( Depression also means “sadness.”) A depression hit the country,resulting in wide- spread unemployment and homelessness. paradox (par√¥·däks≈) n.: something that has or seems to have contradictory qualities. The paradox is that sometimes we are loneliest when we are in a crowd ofpeople. delirium (di·lir√≤·¥m) n.: extreme mental distur- bance, often accompanied by hallucinations (seeing things that are not there). In his delirium, he imagined he was seeing giant insects. resilient (ri·zil√y¥nt) adj.: able to return to its original shape quickly after being stretched or compressed; elastic. This resilient fabric springs back to its original shape no matter how you stretch it. remit (ri·mit√) v.: return payment. The company will remit, or return,full payment ifthe consumers are not satisfied. revoke (ri·v£k√) v.: cancel; withdraw. They can revoke your club membership ifyou fail to attend meetings. primeval (pr¢·m≤√v¥l) adj.: primitive; of the earliest times. In the prehistoric world,giant lizards crashed through the primeval forest. subliminal (sub·lim√¥·n¥l) adj.: below the level of awareness. Unaware ofthe movie’s subliminal message to buy food,the audience flocked to buy snacks. PREVIEW SELECTION VOCABULARY The following words appear in the story you are about to read. You may want to become familiar with them before you begin reading. Copyright © by Holt,Rinehart and Winston.All rights reserved. PREFIXES AND WORD ROOTS A prefix is a word part that comes before a word root and affects its meaning. A knowledge of prefixes can help you figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words. It can also help you use and understand a wider variety of words. The word remit, for example, contains the prefix re - , which means “back.” It also contains the word root mit, which means “send.” When you remit something, you send it back. When you come across an unfamiliar word, look for a prefix or word root you recognize to help you figure out the word’s meaning.