Sadler-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level H 6

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abortive

adj) failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose; imperfectly developed; premature [successful]

bruit

v) to spread news or unsubstantial rumors; broadcast, blazon [conceal]

constumelious

adj) insolent or rude; insultingly abusive; scurrilous, vituperative [commendatory]

dictum

n) a short saying; an authoritative statement; maxim, aphorism, axiom

ensconce

v) to settle comfortably or firmly in position; put/hide in safe place; nestle, lodge [displace]

iconoclastic

adj) attacking/seeking to overthrow popular beliefs; irreverent, heretical [orthodox]

in medias res

adv) into the middle of things

internecine

adj) mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter/bloodshed; murderous, savage [peaceful]

maladroit

adj) lacking in skill, dexterity, tact, perception, or judgement; inept, awkward, clumsy [dexterous]

maudlin

adj) excessively or effusively sentimental; mushy, mawkish

modulate

v) to change or vary in intensity/pitch; to regulate or adjust; adapt, moderate

portentous

adj) foreshadowing an event to come; self-consciously weighty, pompous; foreboding, ominous, pretentious [propitious, encouraging]

prescience

knowledge of events or actions before they happen; foresight, foreknowledge [hindsight]

quid pro quo

n) something given in exchange or return for something else; swap, trade

salubrious

adj) conducive to health or well-being; wholesome; beneficial [harmful]

saturnalian

adj) characterized by rioutous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness; dissipated, debauched, orgiastic [sedate, decorous]

touchstone

n) a means of testing worth or genuineness; criterion, benchmark

traumatic

adj) so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and substantial psychological damage; jolting [soothing]

vitiate

v) to weaken, debase, or corrupt; impair the quality of; degrade, undermine [fortify]

waggish

adj) fond of making jokes, characteristic of a joker; whimsical, jocular [dour]

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