Sadlier vocabulary workshop enriched Level H units 10-12

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Acumen
Noun
keenness of insight; quickness of accuracy or judgement
Syn- Perspicacity, Shrewdness,Acuity
Ant- ignorance, stupidity, obtuseness
Adjudicate
verb
to act as judge in a matter; to settle through use of a judge or legal tribunal
SYN- arbitrate, referee, mediate
anachronism
noun
a chronological misplacing of events, objects, customs, or persons in regard to each other
Syn- chronological error
apocryphal
adjective
of doubtful or questionable authenticity
Syn- fictitious, mythical, spurious, bogus
Ant- Authentic, genuine, true
disparity
noun
a difference or inequality in age, rank, degree, amount or quality; a dissimilarity, unlikeness
Syn- discrepancy, incongruity
ant- likeness, similarity, congruity
dissimulate
verb
to hide or disguise one's true thoughts, feelings, or intentions
syn- pretend, misrepresent
ant- reveal
empirical
adjective
derived from, dependent on.or guided by practical experience, observation, or experiment, rather than theory
syn- pragmatic, observed
ant- theoretical, hypothetical conjectural
flamboyant
adjective
highly elaborate and ornate; vividly colored, strikingly brilliant or bold
syn- ostentatious, florid
ant- staid, sedate, decorous, seemly, sober
fulsome
adjective
offensively insincere or excessive; disgusting, sickening
syn- inordinate, repulsive
immolate
verb
to kill a sacrifice, especially by fire; to destroy or renounce fore the sake of another
syn- kill
ant- save, preserve
inperceptable
adjective
extremely sight; incapable of being perceived by the senses or mind
syn- minimal, undetectable
ant-conspicuous, noticeable, flagrant
lackey
noun
a uniformed male servant; a servil follower
syn- toady, flunky, hanger-on,
ant- lord liege boss
liaison
noun
the contact or means of communication between two groups; someone acting like such a contact; any close relationship; a binding agent used in cooking
syn- intermediary, channel
monolithic
adjective
characterized by massiveness, solidness, and total uniformity
syn- undifferentiated, massive, dense
ant- diversified, variform, multifarious
mot juste
noun
the most suitable or exact word or expression
ant- malapropism, misusage, misnomer
nihilism
noun
a total rejection of existing laws; extreme radicalism
Ant- conservatism
patrician
noun
a member of the ruling class; a person of high rank
adjective
belonging to, benefitting, or characteristic of such a person
syn- (n) aristocrat, peer,; (adj.) highborn
ant- (n) commoner, plebeian
propitiate
verb
to make someone or something favorably inclined toward oneself; to consolidate, satisfy, or appease
Syn- mollify
ant- alienate, provoke, annoy
sic
adjective
thus so, intentionally written so
sublimate
verb
to redirect of a biological or instinctive impulse into a higher or more acceptable channel
Syn- elevate
apostate
one who forsakes his religion, party or cause
renegade,defector
true believer
bravado
noun
a display of false courage
swagger. bluster, braggadocio
consensus
noun
a collective agreement of opinion, feeling or thinking
unanimity
dissension
constrict
verb
to make smaller or narrower, draw together, squeeze; to stop or cause to falter
dichotomy
noun
a division into two contradictory or exclusive parts; branching in ancestral line
schism bifurcation
effusive
adj
highly demonstrative; unrestrained
gushy, lavish
euphoria
noun
a feeling of great happiness or well being, often with no objective bias
gothic
adj
emphasizing a gloomy setting and grotesque or violent events; literary or artistic style; type of architecture
sinister
impasse
noun
dead end
lugubrious
adj
sad, mournful or gloomy, especially to a ludicrous degree
metamorphasis
noun
complete transformation
mystique
noun
aura or attitude of mystery or veneration
charisma
non sequitur
noun
A statement that does not follow logically.
parlous
adj
full of danger
punctillo
noun
a minute detail of conduct or procedure
nicety
quagmire
noun
soft muddy slush; a difficult or trapping situation
quixotic
adj
extravagantly or romantically idealistic; visionary with out practical regard
ranconteur
noun
a person who tells stories/anecdotes with great skill
sine qua non
noun
an essential or indispensable element or condition
desideratum
vendetta
noun
blood feud or rivalry.
apposite
adj
appropriate; apt
pertinent,germane
augur
noun
prophet
verb to foreshadow
n,- oracle, v- bode
bilk
verb
to defraud, cheat or swindle,
charisma
n
personal magnetism that makes a person appealing to other people; a divine gift or power
debilitate
verb
to make weak or feeble
execrable
utterly detestable, hatful or abhorrent; extremely inferior
impinge
v
to strike against of collide with violently; to make and impression on
labyrinth
n.
maze; confusing situation
enigma
narcissism
n
excessive self love
amour proppe
pastiche
noun
a dramatic or musical or literary work made up of bits and pieces from other sources
potpourri
penultimate
adj
next to the last
precarious
adj
uncertain or unsure, dangerous
rapport
noun
a close and harmonuos relationship
utilitarian
adj
fuctional
vacuous
adj
devoid of matter, substance or meaning
vagary
noun
an unpredictable, erratic or seemingly purposeless action, or notion
caprice, quirk
viable
adj
capable of living under normal circumstances
xenophobia
fear of the unknown, foreign, strange
zany
adj
clownish; ludicrously funny
zelot
n
fanatical partisan, ardent follower
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