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sadlier oxford level f 7-9

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Austere
severe or stern in manner; without adornment or luxury, simple, plain; harsh or sour in flavor
beneficent
performing acts of kindness or charity; conferring benifits, doing good
cadaverous
pale, gaunt, resembling a corpse
concoct
to prepare by combining ingredients, make up (as a dish); to devise, invent, fabricate
crass
coarse, unfeeling; stupid
debase
to lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade, adulterate; to cause to deteriorate
desecrate
to commit sacrilege upon, treat irreverently; to contaminate, pollute
disconcert
to disturb the composure of
grandiose
grant in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated
inconsequential
trifling, unimportant
infraction
a breaking of a law or obligation
mitigate
to make milder or softer, to moderate in force or intensity
pillage
(v.) to rob of goods by open force (as in war), plunder; (n.) the act of looting; booty
prate
to take a great deal in a foolish or aimless fashion
punctilious
very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety
redoubtable
inspiring fear or awe; illustrious, eminent
reprove
to find fault with scold, rebuke
restitution
the act of restoring someone or something to the rightful owner or to a former state or position making good on a loss or damage
stalwart
(adj.) strong and sturdy; brave; resolute; (n.) a brave, strong person; a strong supporter; one who takes an uncompromising position
vulnerable
open to attack capable of being wounded or damaged; unprotected
acrimonious
adj; stinging, bitter in temper or tone
bovine
adj; resembling a cow or ox; sluggish, unresponsive
consternation
noun; dismay, confusion
corpulent
adj; fat; having a large, bulky body
disavow
verb; to deny responsibility for or connection with
dispassionate
adj; impartial; free from emotion
dissension
noun; disagreement, sharp difference of opinion
dissipate
verb; to cause to disappear; to scatter, dispel;
expurgate
verb; to remove objectionable passages or words from a written text;
gauntlet
noun; an armored or protective glove; a challange to combat
hypothetical
adj; based on an assumption or guess; used as a tentative idea to direct an investigate
ignoble
adj; mean, low, base
impugn
verb; to call into question, to attack as false
intemperate
adj; immoderate; lacking in self-control
odium
noun; hatred, contempt;
perfidy
noun; faithlessness, treachery
relegate
verb; to place in a lower position; to banish; surrender
squeamish
adj; inclined to nausea; easily shocked or upset;
subservient
adj; subordinate in capacity or role; serving to promote some end; submissively obedient
susceptible
adj; open to; easily influenced; lacking in resistance
abate
to make less in amount, degree, ect.; to subside, become less; to nullify; to deduct, omit
adulation
praise or flattery that is excessive
anathema
an object of intense dislike; a curse or strong denunciation
astute
shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom
avarice
a greedy desire, particularly for wealth
culpable
deserving blame, worthy of condemnation
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt; intended to delay or postpone
egregious
conspicuous, standing out from the mass
equivocate
to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous
evanescent
vanishing, soon passing away; light and airy
irresolute
unable to make up one's mind, hesitating
nebulous
cloudlike, resembling a cloud; cloudy in color, not transparent; vague, confused, indistinct
novice
one who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience
penury
extreme poverty; barrenness, insufficiency
pretentious
done for show, striving to make a big impression; claiming merit or position unjustifiably; making demands on one's skill or abilities, ambitious
recapitulate
to review a series of facts; to sum up
resuscitate
to revive, bring back to consciousness or existence
slovenly
untidy, dirty, careless
supposition
something that is assumed or taken for granted without conclusive evidence
torpid
inactive, sluggish, dull