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Sadlier Oxford Level C Units 1-3

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adage
a proverb, wise saying
bonanza
a rich mass of ore in a mine; something very valuable, profitable, or rewarding; a source of wealth or prosperity; a very large amount; sudden profit or gain
churlish
lacking politeness or good manners; lacking sensitivity; difficult to work with or deal with; rude
citadel
a fortress that over looks overlooks and protects a city; any strong or commanding place
collaborate
to work with, work together
decree
an order having the force of law; to issue such an order; to command firmly or forcefully
discordant
disagreeable in sound, jarring; lacking in harmony, conflicting
evolve
to develop gradually; to rise to a higher level
excerpt
a passage taken from a book, article, etc.; to take such a passage; to quote
grope
to feel about hesitantly with the hands; to search blindly and uncertainly
hover
to float or hang suspended over; to move back and forth uncertainly over and around
jostle
to make or force one's way by pushing or elbowing; to bump, shove, brush against; to compete for
laggard
a person who moves slowly or falls behind; falling behind; slow to move, act, or respond
plaudits
applause; enthusiastic praise or approval
preclude
to make impossible, prevent, shut out
revert
to return, go back
rubble
broken stone or bricks; ruins
servile
of or relating to a slave; behaving like or suitable for a slave or a servant, menial; lacking spirit or independence, abjectly submissive
vigil
a watch, especially at night; any period of watchful attention
wrangle
to quarrel or argue in a noisy, angry way; to obtain by argument; to herd; a noisy quarrel
antics
ridiculous and unpredictable behavior or actions
avowed
declared openly and without shame, acknowledged
banter
to exchange playful remarks, tease; talk that is playful and teasing
bountiful
giving freely, generous; plentiful, given abundantly
congested
overcrowded, filled or occupied to excess
detriment
harm or loss; injury, damage; a disadvantage; a cause of harm, injury, loss, or damage
durable
sturdy, not easily worn out or destroyed; lasting for a long time; consumer good used repeatedly over a series of years
enterprising
energetic, willing and able to start something new; showing boldness and imagination
frugal
economical, avoiding waste and luxury; scanty, poor, meager
gingerly
with extreme care or caution
glut
to provide more than is needed or wanted; to feed or fill to the point of overstuffing; an oversupply
incognito
in a disguised state, under an assumed name or identity; the state of being disguised; a person in disguise
invalidate
to make valueless, take away all force or effect
legendary
described in well-known stories; existing in old stories (legends) rather than in real life
maim
to cripple, disable, injure, mar, disfigure, mutilate
minimize
to make as small as possible, make the least of; to make smaller than before
oblique
slanting or sloping; not straightforward or direct
veer
to change direction or course suddenly, turn aside, shift, swerve
venerate
to regard with reverence, look up to with great respect
wanton
reckless; heartless, unjustifiable; loose in morals; a spoiled, pampered person; one with low morals
allot
to assign or distribute in shares or portions
amass
to bring together, collect, gather, especially for oneself; to come together, assemble
audacious
bold, adventurous, recklessly daring
comply
to yield to a request or command
devoid
not having or using, lacking
elite
the choice part of a group of people or things; superior
grapple
an iron hook used to grab and hold; to come to grips with, wrestle or fight with
incapacitate
to deprive of strength or ability; to make legally ineligible
instigate
to urge on; to stir up, provoke, start, incite
longevity
long life, long duration, length of life
myriad
in very great numbers; a very great number
perspective
a point of view or general standpoint from which different things are viewed, physically or mentally; the appearance to the eye of various objects at a given time, place, or distance
perturb
to trouble, make uneasy; to disturb greatly; to throw into confusion
prodigious
immense; extraordinary in bulk, size, or degree
relevant
connected with or related to the matter at hand
skittish
extremely nervous and easily frightened; shy or timid; extremely cautious; unstable, undependable
tether
a rope or chain used to fasten something to a fixed object; the outer limit of strength or resources; to fasten with a rope or chain
unison
a sounding together; agreement or accord
vie
to compete; to strive for victory or superiority
willful
stubbornly self-willed; done on purpose, deliberate

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