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Word Masters Grade 8 List 3 2012

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amulet
a trinket or piece of jewelry thought to be a protection against evil, ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits, charm; talisman; an object worn believed to protect against evil, bad luck
enervate
weaken mentally or morally, disturb the composure of
vitriolic
harsh or corrosive in tone, of a substance, especially a strong acid
superfluity
extreme excess, n. That part of anything that is in excess of what is needed.
liquidate
get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing, settle the affairs of by determining the debts and applying the assets to pay them off, convert into cash
desultory
marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose, rambling, jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
peccadillo
a petty misdeed, minor sin or offense, a minor offense; a misdeed
abjure
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure, renounce
salutary
tending to promote physical well-being, beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome
jetsam
the floating wreckage of a ship, the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm, goods cast overboard to lighten a ship in distress
redeem
convert into cash, save from sins, pay off (loans or promissory notes)
vitality
an energetic style, the property of being able to survive and grow, (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
elan
enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness, distinctive and stylish elegance, a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
belabor
attack verbally with harsh criticism, , to work at or to absurd length, beat soundly
diffident
lacking self-confidence, showing modest reserve, shy
dearth
an insufficient quantity or number, an acute insufficiency, A lack, scarcity, inadequate supply; a famine
sap
a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle, a person who lacks good judgment, a watery solution of sugars, salts, and minerals that circulates through the vascular system of a plant
indifferent
showing no care or concern in attitude or action, (often followed by 'to') lacking importance, marked by a lack of interest
foretoken
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come, premonitory sign, to indicate beforehand
accrue
grow by addition, come into the possession of, to grow or accumulate over time; to happen as a natural result
enigmatic
resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought, not clear to the understanding, mysterious, inexplicable, puzzling
gradation
the act of arranging in grades, a degree of ablaut, relative position in a graded series
debilitate
make weak, to weaken, to weaken, to enfeeble
sphinxlike
enigmatic; mysterious, like the Sphinx; enigmatic or inscrutable, sly and showy
refuse
food that is discarded (as from a kitchen), show unwillingness towards, refuse to accept