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Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary Level H Units 10-12

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apposite
(adj.) appropriate; suitable; apt
augur
(n.) a prophet or seer; (v.) to predict, foreshadow
bilk
(v.) to defraud, cheat, or swindle; to evade payment of; to frustrate, thwart
charisma
(n.) the special personal magnetism that makes an individual exceptionally appealing to other people; a divinely bestowed gift or power
debilitate
(v.) to make weak or feeble
execrable
(adj.) utterly detestable, hateful, or abhorrent; extremely inferior
impinge
(v.) to strike against or collide with violently; to encroach or obtrude upon; to make an impression upon
labyrinth
(n.) a bewildering maze; any confusing or complicated situation
narcisssism
(n.) excessive self-love; absorption in oneself
niggardly
(adj.) stingy; meanly small or insufficient
pastiche
(n.) a dramatic, musical, or literary work made up of bits and pieces from other sources; a hodgepodge
precarious
(adj.) very uncertain or unsure; dangerous or risky
rapport
(n.) a close and harmonious relationship
utilitarian
(adj.) stressing practically over other considerations; relating to the belief that what is good or desirable is determined purely by its usefulness
vacuous
(adj.) devoid of matter, substance, or meaning; lacking ideas or intelligence; purposeless
vagary
(n.) an unpredictable, erratic, or seemingly purposeless action, occurrence, or notion
viable
(adj.) capable of living or developing under normal circumstances
xenophobia
(n.) undue or unreasonable fear, hatred, or contempt of foreigners or strangers or of what is foreign or strange
zany
(adj.) clownish or funny in a crazy, bizarre, or ludicrous way; (n.) one who plays the clown
zealot
(n.) a fanatical partisan, an ardent follower
apostate
(n.) one who forsakes his or her religion, party, or cause
bravado
(n.) a display of false or assumed courage
consensus
(n.) a collective or general agreement of opinion, feeling, or thinking
constrict
(v.) to make smaller or narrower, draw together, squeeze, to stop or cause to falter
dichotomy
(n.) a division between two contradictory or mutually exclusive parts; a branching or forking in a n ancestral line
effusive
(adj.) highly demonstrative, unrestrained
euphoria
(n.) a feeling of great happiness or well-being, often with no objective basis
gothic
(adj.) (adj.) characterized by or emphasizing a gloomy setting and grotesque or violent events; such a literary or artistic style; a type of medieval architecture
impasse
(n.) a dead end; a position from which there is no escape; a problem to which there is no solution
lugubrious
(adj.) sad, mournful, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
metamorphosis
(n.) a complete transformation, as if by magic
mystique
(n.) an aura or attitude of mystery or veneration surrounding something or someone
non sequitur
(n.) an inference or conclusion that does not follow logically from the facts or premises
parlous
(adj.) full of danger or risk, perilous
punctilio
(n.) a minute detail of conduct or procedure; an instant of time
quagmire
(n.) soft, soggy mud or slush; a difficult or entrapping situation
quixotic
(adj.) extravagantly or romantically idealistic; visionary without regard to practical considerations
raconteur
(n.) a person who tells stories and anecdotes with great skill
sine qua non
(n.) an essential or indispensable element or condition
vendetta
(n.) a prolonged feud, often between two families, characterized by retaliatory acts of revenge; any act motivated by vengeance
acumen
(n.) keenness of insight; quickness or accuracy of judgment
adjudicate
(v.) to act as judge in a matter; to settle through the ue of a judge or legal tribunal
anachronism
(n.) a chronological misplacing of events, objects, customs, or persons in regard to each other.
apocryphal
(adj.) of doubtful or questionable authenticity
disparity
(n.c) a difference or inequality in age, rank, degree, amount, or quality; a dissimilarity, unlikeness
dissimulate
(v.) to hide or disguise one's true thoughts, feelings, or intentions
empirical
(adj.) derived from, dependent upon, or guided by practical experience, observation, or experiment, rather than by theory; so verifiable
flamboyant
(adj.) highly elaborate or ornate; vividly colored; strikingly brilliant or bold
fulsome
(adj.) offensively insincere or excessive; disgusting, sickening
immolate
(v.) to kill as a sacrifice, especially by fire; to destroy or renounce for the sake of another
imperceptible
(adj.) extremely slight; incapable of being perceived by the senses or the mind
lackey
(n.) a uniformed male sevant; a sevile follower
liaison
(n.) the contact or means of communication between groups; someone acting as such a contact; any close relationship; a thickening or binding agent used in cooking
monolithic
(adj.) characterized by massiveness, solidness, and total uniformity
mot juste
(n.) the most suitable or exact word or expression
nihilism
(n.) a total rejection of existing laws, institutions, and moral values; extreme radicalism
patrician
(n.) a member of the ruling class; a person of high or noble rank or of prominent social standing; (adj.) belonging to, befitting, or characteristic of such a person
propitiate
(v.) to make someone or something favorably inclined toward oneself; to conciliate, satisfy, or appease
sic
(adv.) thus so; intentionally written so
sublimate
(v.) to redirect the energy of a biological or instinctual impulse into a higher or more acceptable channel.