Sadlier Oxford Level D vocabulary units 7-9

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adieu

(int.) "Farewell!"; (n.) a farewell

advent

(n.) an arrival; a coming into place or view

apex

(n.) the highest point, tip

assimilate

(v.) to absorb fully or make one's own; to adopt as one's own; to adapt fully

bogus

(adj.) false, counterfeit

exorbitant

(adj.) unreasonably high; excessive

interim

(n.) the time between; (adj.) temporary, coming between two points in time

inundate

(v.) to flood, overflow; to overwhelm by numbers or size

malign

(v.) to speak evil of, slander; (adj.) evil

meander

(v.) to wander about, wind about; (n.) a sharp turn or twist

metropolis

(n.) a large city; the chief city of an area

momentous

(adj.) very important

obstreperous

(adj.) noisy; unruly, disorderly

pensive

(adj.) thoughtful; melancholy

perilous

(adj.) dangerous

shoddy

(adj.) of poor quality; characterized by inferior workmanship

sprightly

(adj.) lively, full of life; spicy, flavorful

surly

(adj.) angry and bad-tempered; rude

tirade

(n.) a long, angry speech, usually very critical

vagrant

(n.) an idle wanderer, tramp; (adj.) wandering aimlessly

assurance

(n.) a pledge; freedom from doubt, self-confidence

asylum

(n.) an institution for the care of children, elderly people, etc.; a place of safety

console

(v.) to comfort; (n.) the keyboard of an organ; a control panel for an electrical or mechanical device

dilate

(v.) to make or become larger or wider; to expand upon

dross

(n.) refuse, waste products

dwindle

(v.) to lessen, diminish

flippant

(adj.) lacking in seriousness; disrespectful, saucy

immunity

(n.) resistance to disease; freedom from some charge or obligation

institute

(v.) to establish, set up; (n.) an organization for the promotion of learning

liability

(n.) a debt; something disadvantageous

preposterous

(adj.) ridiculous, senseless

pugnacious

(adj.) quarrelsome, fond of fighting

rabid

(adj.) furious, violently intense, unreasonably extreme; mad; infected with rabies

realm

(n.) a kingdom; a region or field of study

rejuvenate

(v.) to make young again; to make like new

remunerate

(v.) to reward, pay, reimburse

sparse

(adj.) meager, scant; scattered

sterling

(adj.) genuine, excellent; made of silver of standard fineness

venture

(n.) a risky or daring undertaking; (v.) to expose to danger; to dare

warp

(v.) to twist out of shape; (n.) an abnormality

auxiliary

(adj.) giving assistance or support; (n.) a helper, aid

candid

(adj.) frank, sincere; impartial; unposed

cubicle

(n.) a small room or compartment

drudgery

(n.) work that is hard and tiresome

envoy

(n.) a representative or messenger (as of a government)

escalate

(v.) to elevate; to increase in intensity

expedient

(n.) a means to an end; (adj.) advantageous, useful

feign

(v.) to pretend

flair

(n.) a natural quality, talent, or skill; a distinctive style

grievous

(adj.) causing sorrow or pain; serious

heterogeneous

(adj.) composed of different kinds, diverse

horde

(n.) a vast number (as of people); a throng

impel

(n.) to force, drive forward

incredulous

(adj.) disbelieving, skeptical

inscribe

(v.) to write or engrave; to enter a name on a list

monologue

(n.) a speech by one actor; a long talk by one person

prognosis

(n.) a forecast of the probable course and outcome of a disease or situation

rasping

(adj.) with a harsh, grating sound; (n.) a harsh sound

repugnant

(adj.) offensive, disagreeable, distasteful

scuttle

(v.) to sink a ship by cutting holes in it; to get rid of something in a decisive way; to run hastily, scurry; (n.) a pail

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