Sadlier Oxford Level G Unit 4

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atrophy

the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure / to waste away

bastion

a fortified place, stronghold

concord

a state of agreement, harmony, unanimity; a treaty, pact, covenant

consummate

complete or perfect in the highest degree; to bring to a state of completion or perfection

disarray

disorder, confusion ; to throw into disorder

exigency

urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressuring need; an emergency

flotsam

floating debris; homeless, impoverished people

frenetic

frenzied, highly agitated

glean

to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers

grouse

a type of game bird; a complaint, to complain, grumble

incarcerate

to imprison, confine, jail

incumbent

obligatory, required; one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of

jocular

humorous, jesting, jolly, joking

ludicrous

ridiculous, laughable, absurd

mordant

biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh

nettle

a prickly or stinging plant; to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely

pecuniary

consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money

pusillanimous

contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited

recumbent

in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting

stratagem

a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end

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