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20 terms

sadlier-oxford vocab level F Unit 6

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anomalous
adj. deviating from the general or common order or type
aspersion
noun an abusive attack on a person's character or good name; a damaging or derogatory statement
bizarre
adj. conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
brusque
adj. marked by rude or peremptory shortness
cajole
verb influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
castigate
verb inflict severe punishment on; censure severely
contrive
verb come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; put or send forth; make or work out a plan for; devise
demagogue
noun an orator who appeals to the passions and prejudices of his audience
disabuse
verb free somebody (from an erroneous belief)
ennui
noun the feeling of being bored by something tedious
fetter
noun a shackle for the ankles or feet; verb restrain with fetters
heinous
adj. shockingly brutal or cruel
immutable
adj. not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature
insurgent
adj. in opposition to a civil authority or government; noun a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions); a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
megalomania
noun a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur
sinecure
noun an office that involves minimal duties; a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached
surreptitious
adj. conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
transgress
verb pass beyond (limits or boundaries); act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline; commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
transmute
verb alter the nature of (elements); change in outward structure or looks; change or alter in form, appearance, or nature
vicarious
adj. suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another; occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function; experienced at secondhand