Sadler-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop New Edition: Level G: Unit 10: Definitions

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askance

adverb; with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval

attenuate

verb, to make thin or slender, to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value.

benign

adjective, Gentle, kind, forgiving, understanding, having a favorable or beneficial effect, not malignant

cavil

verb, to find fault in a pretty way, carp; noun, a trivial objection or criticism

charlatan

noun, one who feigns knowledge or ability, a pretender, impostor, or quack.

decimate

verb, to kill or destroy a large part of

foible

noun, a weak point, failing, minor flaw.

forgo

verb, to do without, abstain from, give up

fraught

adjective, full of or loaded with, accompanied by.

inure

verb, to toughen, harden, to render used to something by long subjection or exposure.

luminous

adjective, emitting or reflecting light, glowing, illuminating.

obsequious

adjective, marked by slavish attentiveness, excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons.

obtuse

adjective, blunt, not coming to a point, slow or dull in understanding, not causing a sharp impression.

oscillate

verb, to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm, to fluctuate or waver.

penitent

adjective, regretful for one's sins or mistakes; noun, one who is sorry for wrongdoing.

peremptory

adjective, having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal, offensively self-assured, dictatorial, determined, resolute

rebuff

verb, to snub, to repel, drive away; noun, a curt rejection, a check

reconnoiter

verb, to engage in reconnaissance, to make a preliminary inspection

shambles

noun, a slaughterhouse, a place of mass bloodshed, a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess

sporadic

adjective, ccurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order.

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