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Sadlier Level G: Unit 4-6 Review Vocabulary

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abject
(adj.) degraded; base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved
acuity
(n.) sharpness [particularly of mind or senses]
agnostic
(n.) one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic; (adj.) without faith, skeptical
atrophy
(n.) the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; (v.) to waste away
bastion
(n.) a fortified place, stronghold
complicity
(n.) involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
concord
(n.) a state of agreement, harmony, unanimity; a treaty, pact, covenant
consummate
(adj.) complete or perfect in the highest degree; (v.) to bring to a state of completion or perfection
delineate
(v.) to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially
depraved
(adj.) marked by evil and corruption, devoid of moral principles
derelict
(n.) someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; (adj.) left abandoned; neglectful of duty
diatribe
(n.) a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
disarray
(n.) disorder, confusion; (v.) to throw into disorder
effigy
(n.) a crude image of a despised person
enervate
(v.) to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of; enfeeble, hamstring
equity
(n.) the state or quality of being just, fair, or impartial; fair and equal treatment; something that is fair; the money value of a property value of a property above and beyond any other mortgage or other claim
esoteric
(adj.) intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
exigency
(n., often pl.) urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need, an emergency
fecund
(adj.) fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
fiat
(n.) an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
figment
(n.) a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion
flotsam
(n.) floating debris, homeless, impoverished people
frenetic
(adj.) frenzied, highly agitated
garner
(v.) to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
glean
(v.) to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers
grouse
(n.) a type of game bird; a complaint; (v.) to complain, grumble
hallow
(v.) to set apart as holy or scared, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere
idiosyncrasy
(n.) a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify
ignominy
(n.) shame and disgrace
inane
(adj.) silly, empty of meaning or value
incarcerated
(v.) to imprison, confine, jail
incumbent
(adj.) obligatory, required; (n.) one who hold a specific office at the time spoken of
indictment
(n.) a act of accusing; a formal accusation
indubitable
(adj.) certain, not to be doubted or denied
intermittent
(adj.) stopping and beginning again, sporadic
jocular
(adj.) humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
ludicrous
(adj.) ridiculous, laughable, absurd
moot
(adj.) open to discussion and debate, unresolved; (v.) to bring up for discussion; (n.) a hypothetical law case argued by students
mordant
(adj.) biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
motif
(n.) a principal idea, feature, theme, or element; a repeated or dominant figure in a design
mundane
(adj.) earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
neophyte
(n.) a new convert, beginner, novice
nettle
(n.) a prickly or stinging plant; (v.) to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely
nuance
(n.) a subtle or slight variation [as in color, meaning, quality], delicate gradation or shade or difference
overweening
(adj.) conceited, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate
pecuniary
(adj.) consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money
penchant
(n.) a strong attraction or inclination
perspicacity
(n.) keenness in observing and understanding
plenary
(adj.) complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members
pusillanimous
(adj.) contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
recumbent
(adj.) in a reclining position, lying down, in a posture of one sleeping or resting
reputed
(adj.) according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; (part.) alleged
sophistry
(n.) reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
stratagem
(n.) a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end
sumptuous
(adj.) costly, rich, magnificent
surveillance
(n.) a watch kept over a person; careful, close, and disciplined observation
sylvan
(adj.) pertaining to or characteristic or forest; living or located in a forest; wooded, woody
testy
(adj.) easily irritated; characterized by impatience and exasperation
travesty
(n.) a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; (v.) to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion
ubiquitous
(adj.) present or existing everywhere