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Sadler-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop New Edition: Level G: Unit 10: Definitions

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askance
adverb; with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
attenuate
verb, to make thin or slender, to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value.
benign
adjective, Gentle, kind, forgiving, understanding, having a favorable or beneficial effect, not malignant
cavil
verb, to find fault in a pretty way, carp; noun, a trivial objection or criticism
charlatan
noun, one who feigns knowledge or ability, a pretender, impostor, or quack.
decimate
verb, to kill or destroy a large part of
foible
noun, a weak point, failing, minor flaw.
forgo
verb, to do without, abstain from, give up
fraught
adjective, full of or loaded with, accompanied by.
inure
verb, to toughen, harden, to render used to something by long subjection or exposure.
luminous
adjective, emitting or reflecting light, glowing, illuminating.
obsequious
adjective, marked by slavish attentiveness, excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons.
obtuse
adjective, blunt, not coming to a point, slow or dull in understanding, not causing a sharp impression.
oscillate
verb, to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm, to fluctuate or waver.
penitent
adjective, regretful for one's sins or mistakes; noun, one who is sorry for wrongdoing.
peremptory
adjective, having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal, offensively self-assured, dictatorial, determined, resolute
rebuff
verb, to snub, to repel, drive away; noun, a curt rejection, a check
reconnoiter
verb, to engage in reconnaissance, to make a preliminary inspection
shambles
noun, a slaughterhouse, a place of mass bloodshed, a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
sporadic
adjective, ccurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order.