60 terms

Sadlier Oxford Level G Units 10-12

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aesthetic
pertaining to beauty; sensitive or responsive to beauty
(syn): artistic
defunct
no longer in existence or functioning, dead
(syn): extinct, nonexistent
discomfit
to frustrate, thwart, or defeat; to confuse, perplex, or embarrass
(syn): nonplus, disconcert, foil
espouse
to take up and support; to become attached to, adopt; to marry
(syn): embrace, wed
fetish
an object believed to have magical powers; an object of unreasoning devotion or reverence
(syn): charm, talisman, obsession
gregarious
living together in a herd or group; sociable, seeking the company of others
(syn): outgoing, extroverted
hapless
marked by a persistent absence of good luck
(syn): unlucky, ill-stirred, unfortunate
impeccable
faultless, beyond criticism or blame
(syn): flawless, spotless, immaculate
importune
to trouble with demands; to beg for insistently
(syn): implore, entreat, dun, tax
interpolate
to insert between other parts or things; to present as an addition or correction
(syn): inject, interpose, introduce
irreparable
incapable of being repaired or rectified
(syn): irremediable
laconic
concise, using few words
(syn): terse, succinct, pithy, compact
languish
to become weak, feeble, or dull; to droop; to be depressed or dispirited; to suffer neglect
(syn): flag, wilt, fade, pine
mendacious
given to lying or deception; untrue
(syn): untruthful, false
nadir
the lowest point
(syn): rock bottom
omnipresent
present in all places at all times
(syn): ubiquitous, ever-present
perfunctory
done in a superficial or halfhearted manner; without interest or enthusiasm
(syn): slapdash, cursory, shallow
plaintive
expressive of sorrow or woe, melancholy
(syn): sad, doleful, lugubrious
requite
to make suitable repayment, as for a kindness, service, or favor; to make retaliation, as for an injury or wrong; to reciprocate
(syn): reinburse, recompense, avenge
tantamount
equivalent, having the same meaning, value, or effect
(syn): indistinguishable from
abrogate
v. to repeal, cancel, declare null and void
ambient
adj. completely surrounding, encompassing
asperity
n. roughness, severity; bitterness or tartness
burnish
v. to make smooth or glossy by rubbing, polish
cabal
n. a small group working in secret
delectable
adj. delightful, highly enjoyable; deliciously flavored, savory
deprecate
v. to express mild disapproval; to belittle
detritus
n. loose bits and pieces of material resulting from disintigration or wearing away; fragments that result from any destruction
ebullient
adj. overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement; boiling, bubbling
eclectic
adj. drawn from different sources
flaccid
adj. limp, not firm; lacking vigor or effectiveness
impecunious
adj. having little or no money
inexorable
adj. inflexible, beyond influence; relentless, unyielding
moribund
adj. dying, on the way out
necromancer
n. one who claims to reveal or influence the future through magic, especially communication with the dead; in general, a magician or wizard
onerous
adj. burdensome; involving hardship or difficulty
rife
adj. common, prevalent, widespread, happening often; full, abounding; plentiful, abundant, replete
rudiments
n. the parts of any subject or discipline that are learned first; the earliest stages of anything
sequester
v. to set apart, separate for a special purpose; to take possession of and hold in custody
winnow
v. to get rid of something unwanted, delete; to sift through to obtain what is desirable; toremove the chaff from the wheat by blowing air on it; to blow on, fan
askance
adv. with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
attenuate
v. to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
benign
adj. gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant
cavil
v. to find fault in a petty way, carp
charlatan
n. one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack
decimate
v. to kill or destroy a large part of
foible
n. a weak point, failing, minor flaw
forgo
v. to do without, abstain from, give up
fraught
adj. full of or loaded with; accompanied by
inure
v. to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
luminous
adj. emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating
obsequious
adj. marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
obtuse
adj. blunt, not coming to the point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 and 180 degrees; not causing a sharp impression
oscillate
v. to swing back and forth with a steady rythm; to fluctuate or waver
penitent
adj. regretful for one's sins or mistakes
peremptory
adj. haing the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute
rebuff
v. to snub; to repel, drive away
reconnoiter
v. to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
shambles
n. a slaughterhouse; a plae of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
sporadic
adj. occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order