20 terms

Sadlier-Oxford Level C Unit 13

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adapt
to adjust or change to suit conditions
attest
to bear witness, affirm to be true or genuine
dovetail
to fit together exactly; to connect so as to form a whole; a carpentry figure resembling a dove's tail
enormity
the quality of exceeding all moral bounds; an exceedingly evil act; huge size, immensity
falter
to hesitate, stumble, lose courage; to speak hesitatingly; to lose drive, weaken, decline
foreboding
a warning or feeling that something bad will happen; marked by fear, ominous
forlorn
totally abandoned and helpless; sad and lonely; wretched or pitiful; almost hopeless
haughty
chillingly proud and scornful
impediment
a physical defect; a hindrance, obstacle
imperative
necessary, urgent; a form of a verb expressing a command; that which is necessary or required
loiter
to linger in an aimless way, hang around, dawdle, tarry
malinger
to pretend illness to avoid duty or work, lie down on the job
pithy
short but full of meaning and point
plunder
to rob by force, especially during wartime; to seize wrongfully; property stolen by force
simper
to smile or speak in a silly, forced way; a silly, forced smile
steadfast
firmly fized; constant, not moving or changing
vaunted
much boasted about in vain or swaggering way
vilify
to abuse or belittle unjustly or maliciously
waif
a person (usually a child) without a home or friend; a stray person or animal; something that comes along by chance, a stray bit
wry
twisted, turned to one side; cleverly and often grimly humorous

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