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Sadlier Oxford Level H Units 4-6

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aficionado
(n.) an enthusiastic and usually expert follower or fan
browbeat
(v.) to intimidate by a stern or overbearing manner; to bully
commensurate
(adj.) equal in size, extent, duration, or importance; proportionate, measurable by the same standards
diaphanous
(adj.) very sheer and light; almost completely transparent
emolument
(n.) profit derived from an office or position from employment; a fee or salary
foray
(n.) a quick raid, especially for plunder; a venture into some field of endeavor; (v.) to make such a raid
genre
(n.) a type, class, or variety, especially a distinctive category of literary composition; a style of painting in which everyday scenes are realistically depicted
homily
(n.) a sermon stressing moral principles; a tedious moralizing lecture or discourse
immure
(v.) to enclose or confine within walls; to imprison; to seclude or isolate
insouciant
(adj.) blithely indifferent or unconcerned; carefree; happy-go-lucky
matrix
(n.) a mold; the surrounding situation or environment
obsequies
(n.) funeral rights or ceremonies
panache
(n.) a confident and stylish manner, dash; a strikingly elaborate or colorful display
persona
(n.) a character in a novel or play; the outward character or role that a person assumes
philippic
(n.) a bitter verbal attack
prurient
(adj.) having lustful desires or interests; tending to arouse sexual desires
sacrosanct
(adj.) very sacred or holy; inviolable; set apart or immune from questioning or attack
systemic
(adj.) of or pertaining to the entire body; relating to a system or systems
tendentious
(adj.) intending to promote a particular point of view, doctrine, or cause; biased or partisan
vicissitude
(n.) a change, variation, or alteration; (pl.) successive or changing phases or conditions
affinity
(n.) a natural attraction to a person, thing, or activity; a relationship, connection
bilious
(adj.) peevish or irritable; sickeningly unpleasant
cognate
(adj.) closely related in origin, essential nature, or function; (n.) such a person or thing
corollary
(n.) a proposition that follows from one already proven; a natural consequence or result; (adj.) resultant or consequent
cul-de-sac
(n.) a blind alley or dead-end street; any situation in which further process is impossible; an impasse
derring-do
(n.) valor or heroism; daring deeds or exploits (often used to poke fun at false heroics)
divination
(n.) the art or act of predicting the future or discovering hidden knowledge
elixir
(n.) a potion once thought capable of curing all ills and maintaining life indefinitely; a panacea; a sweet liquid used as a vehicle in medicines
folderol
(n.) foolish talk, ideas, or procedures; nonsense; a trifle
gamut
(n.) an entire range or series
hoi polloi
(n.) the common people, the masses
ineffable
(adj.) not expressible in words; too great or too sacred to be uttered
lucubration
(n.) laborious study or thought, especially at night; the result of such work
mnemonic
(adj.) relating to or designed to assist the memory; (n.) a device to aid the memory
obloquy
(n.) a public abuse indicating strong disapproval or censure; the disgrace resulting from such treatment
parameter
(n.) a determining or characteristic element; a factor that shapes the total outcome; a limit, boundary
pundit
(n.) a learned person; one who gives authoritative opinions
risible
(adj.) pertaining to laughter; able or inclined to laugh; laughable
symptomatic
(adj.) typical or characteristic; being or concerned with a symptom of a disease
volte-face
(n.) an about-face; a complete reversal
abortive
(adj.) failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose; only partially or imperfectly developed
bruit
(v.) to spread news, reports, or unsubstantiated rumors
contumelious
(adj.) insolent or rude in speech or behavior; insultingly abusive; humiliating
dictum
(n.) a short saying; an authoritative statement
ensconce
(v.) to settle comfortably and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place
iconoclastic
(adj.) attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions
in media res
(adv.) in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things
internecine
(adj.) mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed
maladroit
(adj.) lacking skill or dexterity; lacking tact, perception, or judgment
maudlin
(adj.) excessively or effusively sentimental
modulate
(v.) to change or vary the intensity or pitch; to temper or soften; to regulate, adjust
portentous
(adj.) forshadowing an event to come; causing wonder or awe; self-consciously weighty, pompous
prescience
(n.) knowledge of events or actions before they happen; foresight
quid pro quo
(n.) something given in exchange or return for something else
salubrious
(adj.) conducive to health or well-being; wholesome
saturnalian
(adj.) characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness
touchstone
(n.) a means of testing worth or genuineness
traumatic
(adj.) so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and substantial psychological damage
vitiate
(v.) to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to impair the quality or value of
waggish
(adj.) fond of making jokes; characteristic of a joker; playfully humorous or droll