60 terms

Sadlier Oxford Level G Units 4-6

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Atrophy
(n) The wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline of failure; (v) to waste away
Bastion
(n) A fortified place, strong hold
Concord
(n) A state of agreement, harmony, unanimity, a treaty, pact, covenant
Consummate
(adj) complete or perfect in the highest degree; (v) to bring to a state of completion
Disarray
(n) Disorder, confusion; (v) to throw into disorder
Exigency
(n, often pl) Urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
Flotsam
(n) Floating debris; homeless, impoverished people
Frenetic
(adj) Frenzied, highly agitated
Glean
(v) To gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers
Grouse
(n) A type of game bird; a complaint; (v) to complain, grumble
Incarcerate
(v) To imprison, confine, jail
Incumbent
(adj) Obligatory, required; (n) one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
Jocular
(adj) Humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
Ludicrous
(adj) Ridculous, laughable, absurd
Mordant
(adj) Biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
Nettle
(n) A prickly or stinging plant; (v) to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely
Pecuniary
(adj) Consisting of or measured in money; of or realated to money
Pusillanimous
(adj) Contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
Recumbent
(adj) In a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
Stratagem
(n) A scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end
acuity
(n.) sharpness [particularly of mind or senses]
delineate
(v.) to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially
depraved
(adj.) marked by evil and corruption, devoid of moral principles
enervate
(v.) to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of; enfeeble, hamstring
esoteric
(adj.) intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
fecund
(adj.) fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
fiat
(n.) an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
figment
(n.) a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion
garner
(v.) to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
hallow
(v.) to set apart as holy or scared, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere
idiosyncrasy
(n.) a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify
ignominy
(n.) shame and disgrace
mundane
(adj.) earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
nuance
(n.) a subtle or slight variation [as in color, meaning, quality], delicate gradation or shade or difference
overweening
(adj.) conceited, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate
penchant
(n.) a strong attraction or inclination
reputed
(adj.) according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; (part.) alleged
sophistry
(n.) reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
sumptuous
(adj.) costly, rich, magnificent
abject
(adj.) degraded; base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved
ubiquitous
(adj.) present or existing everywhere
agnostic
(n.) one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic; (adj.) without faith, skeptical
complicity
(n.) involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
derelict
(n.) someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; (adj.) left abandoned; neglectful of duty
diatribe
(n.) a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
effigy
(n.) a crude image of a despised person
equity
(n.) the state or quality of being just, fair, or impartial; fair and equal treatment; something that is fair; the money value of a property value of a property above and beyond any other mortgage or other claim
inane
(adj.) silly, empty of meaning or value
indictment
(n.) a act of accusing; a formal accusation
indubitable
(adj.) certain, not to be doubted or denied
intermittent
(adj.) stopping and beginning again, sporadic
moot
(adj.) open to discussion and debate, unresolved; (v.) to bring up for discussion; (n.) a hypothetical law case argued by students
motif
(n.) a principal idea, feature, theme, or element; a repeated or dominant figure in a design
neophyte
(n.) a new convert, beginner, novice
perspicacity
(n.) keenness in observing and understanding
plenary
(adj.) complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members
surveillance
(n.) a watch kept over a person; careful, close, and disciplined observation
sylvan
(adj.) pertaining to or characteristic or forest; living or located in a forest; wooded, woody
testy
(adj.) easily irritated; characterized by impatience and exasperation
travesty
(n.) a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; (v.) to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion