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Sadlier Oxford Level F Units 4-6

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Amnesty
n. a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution
Autonomy
n. self government, political control
Axiomatic
adj. self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule
Blazon
v. to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaimed widely
Caveat
n. a warning or caution to prebent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
Equitable
adj. fair, just, embodying principles of justice
Extricate
v. to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort
Filch
v. to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
Flout
v. to mock, treat with contempt
Fractious
adj. tending to be trouplesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable
Precept
n. a rule of conduct or action
Salutary
adj. beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome
Scathing
adj. bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm
Scourge
v. to whip, punish severely n. a cause of affliction or suffering; a source of severe punishment or criticism
Sepulchral
adj. funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
Soporific
adj. tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy n. something that induces sleep
Straitlaced
adj. extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical
Transient
adj. lasting only a short time, fleeting n. one who stays only a short time
Unwieldy
adj. not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity
Vapid
adj. dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness or force
aggrandize
to increase in greatness, power or wealth; to build up intensity.
inscrutable
incapable of being understood
archetype
an original model after similar things are patterned; a perfect or typical example
erudite
scholarly; learned
infer
to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought
affable
coureous and pleasant; sociable, easy to speak to
amporphous
shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character.
gossamer
thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; a very thin, light cloth
aura
that which surrounds; a distinctive air or personal quality
insular
relating to,characteristic of, or situated onanisland; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
sleazy
thin or flimsy in texture, cheap, shoddy, or inferior in quality or character
irrevocable
incapable of beinga changedor called back
contraband
illegal traffic; smuggled goods; prohibited
sedulous
peristent, showing industry and determination
remonstrate
to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against,object to.
retrench
tocut down, reduce in scope or cost
resilient
able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
querulous
peevish, complaining, fretful
propensity
a natural inclination or bent toward
scurrilous
coarsely abusive, vulgar or low, foul mouthed
anomalous
abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
aspersion
a damaging or derogatrory statement
bizarre
extremely strange
brusque
abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
cajole
to coax
castigate
to punish severely
contrive
to plan with ingenuity
demagogue
a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
disabuse
to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
ennui
weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
fetter
a chain or shackle placed on the feet
heinous
very wicked
immutable
not subject to change, constant
insurgent
one who rebels or rises aginst authority
megalomania
a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc
sinecure
a position requiring little or no work
surreptitious
stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation
transgress
to go beyond a limit or boundary
transmute
to change from one nature, substance, or form to another
vicarious
performed, sufered, or otherwise experieced by one person in place of another