Vocabulary Workshop Level F Units 4-6

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Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop, level F. Units 4-6, 60 terms.

amnesty

a general pardon for an offense against a government, in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution

autonomy

self-government, political control

axiomatic

self-evident, expressing a uniersally accepted principle or rule

blazon

to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely

caveat

a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior

equitable

fair, just, embodying principles of justice

extricate

to free from entanglement or difficulties; to remove with effort

filch

to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts

flout

to mock, treat with contempt

fractious

tending to be troublesome, unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable

precept

a rule of conduct or action

salutary

beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome

scathing

bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm

scourge

to whip, punish severly; a cause of affliction or suffering, a source of severe punishment or criticism

sepulchral

funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal

soporific

tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy; something that induces sleep

straitlaced

extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical

transient

lasting only a short time, fleeting; one who stays only a short time

unwieldy

not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity

vapid

dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force

anomalous

abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual

aspersion

a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming

bizarre

extremely strange, unusual, atypical

brusque

abrupt, blunt, with no formalities

cajole

to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises

castigate

to punish severely; to criticize severely

contrive

to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan

demagogue

a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power

disabuse

to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking

ennui

weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom

fetter

a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural), anything that confines or restrains; to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent

heinous

very wicked, offensive, hateful

immutable

not subject to change, constant

insurgent

one who rebels or rises against authority; rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on

megalomania

a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, ect., far in excess of reality

sinecure

a position requiring little or no work; an easy job

surreptitious

stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud

transgress

to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law

transmute

to change from one nature, substance, or form to another

vicarious

performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another

affable

courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to

aggrandize

to increase in greatness, power, or wealth, to build up or intensify; to make appear greater

amorphous

shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion

aura

that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality

contraband

illegal traffic, smuggled goods; illegal, prohibited

erudite

scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic

gossamer

thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; a very thin, light cloth

infer

to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply

inscrutable

incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically

insular

relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience

irrevocable

incapable or being changed or called back

propensity

natural inclination or predilection toward

querulous

peevish, complaining, fretful

remonstrate

to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to

repudiate

to disown, reject, or deny the validity of

resilient

able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly

reverberate

to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly

scurrilous

coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul mouthed

sedulous

persistent, showing industry and determination

sleazy

thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean or disreputable

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