Word Masters Grade 8 List 3 2012

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amulet

a trinket or piece of jewelry thought to be a protection against evil, ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits, charm; talisman; an object worn believed to protect against evil, bad luck

enervate

weaken mentally or morally, disturb the composure of

vitriolic

harsh or corrosive in tone, of a substance, especially a strong acid

superfluity

extreme excess, n. That part of anything that is in excess of what is needed.

liquidate

get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing, settle the affairs of by determining the debts and applying the assets to pay them off, convert into cash

desultory

marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose, rambling, jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

peccadillo

a petty misdeed, minor sin or offense, a minor offense; a misdeed

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure, renounce

salutary

tending to promote physical well-being, beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome

jetsam

the floating wreckage of a ship, the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm, goods cast overboard to lighten a ship in distress

redeem

convert into cash, save from sins, pay off (loans or promissory notes)

vitality

an energetic style, the property of being able to survive and grow, (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms

elan

enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness, distinctive and stylish elegance, a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

belabor

attack verbally with harsh criticism, , to work at or to absurd length, beat soundly

diffident

lacking self-confidence, showing modest reserve, shy

dearth

an insufficient quantity or number, an acute insufficiency, A lack, scarcity, inadequate supply; a famine

sap

a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle, a person who lacks good judgment, a watery solution of sugars, salts, and minerals that circulates through the vascular system of a plant

indifferent

showing no care or concern in attitude or action, (often followed by 'to') lacking importance, marked by a lack of interest

foretoken

an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come, premonitory sign, to indicate beforehand

accrue

grow by addition, come into the possession of, to grow or accumulate over time; to happen as a natural result

enigmatic

resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought, not clear to the understanding, mysterious, inexplicable, puzzling

gradation

the act of arranging in grades, a degree of ablaut, relative position in a graded series

debilitate

make weak, to weaken, to weaken, to enfeeble

sphinxlike

enigmatic; mysterious, like the Sphinx; enigmatic or inscrutable, sly and showy

refuse

food that is discarded (as from a kitchen), show unwillingness towards, refuse to accept

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