60 terms

Sadlier Oxford Level F Unit 4-6

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Amnesty
(n.) a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution
Autonomy
(n.) self-government, political control
Axiomatic
(adj.) self-evident; expressing a universally accepted principle of rule
Blazon
(v.) to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely
Caveat
(n.) a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
Equitable
(adj.) fair, just, embodying principles of justice
Extricate
(v.) to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort
Filch
(v.) to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
Flout
(v.) to mock, treat with contempt
Fractious
(adj.) tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable
Precept
(n.) a rule of conduct or action
Salutary
(adj.) beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome
Scathing
(adj.) bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm
Scourge
(v.) to whip, punish severely; (n.) a cause or affliction or suffering; a source of severe punishment or criticism
Sepulchral
(adj.) funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
Soporific
(adj.) tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy; (n.) something that induces sleep
Straitlaced
(adj.) extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritancial
Transient
(adj.) lasting only a short time, fleeting; (n.) one who stays only a short time
Unwieldy
(adj.) not easily carried, handled, or managed because or size or complexity
Vapid
(adj.) dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force
Anomalous
(adj.) abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
Aspersion
(n.) a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming
Bizarre
(adj.) extremely strange, unusual, atypical
Brusque
(adj.) abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
Cajole
(v.) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to decieve with soothing thoughts or false promises
Castigate
(v.) to punish severely; to criticize severely
Contrive
(v.) to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan
Demagogue
(n.) a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
Disabuse
(v.) to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
Ennui
(n.) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
Fetter
(n.) a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural); anything that confines or restrains; (v.) to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent
Heinous
(adj.) very wicked, offensive, hateful
Immutable
(adj.) not subject to change, constant
Insurgent
(n.) one who rebels or rises against authority; (adj.) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on
Megalomania
(n.) a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality
Sinecure
(n.) a position requiring little or no work; an easy job
Surreptitious
(adj.) stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud
Transgress
(v.) to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law
Transmute
(v.) to change from one nature, substance, or form to another
Vicarious
(adj.) performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
Affable
(adj.) courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
Aggrandize
(v.) to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
Amorphous
(adj.) shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity or cohesion
Aura
(n.) that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
Contraband
(n.) illegal traffic, smuggled goods; (adj.) illegal, prohibited
Erudite
(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
Gossamer
(adj.) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial (n.) a very thin, light cloth
Infer
(v.) to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply
Inscrutable
(adj.) incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
Insular
(adj.) relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
Irrevocable
(adj.) incapable of being changed or called back
Propensity
(n.) a natural inclination or predilection toward
Querulous
(adj.) peevish, complaining, fretful
Remonstrate
(v.) to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
Repudiate
(v.) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
Resilient
(adj.) able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
Reverberate
(v.) to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
Scurrilous
adj. coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul mouthed
Sedulous
(adj.) persistent, showing industry and determination
Sleazy
(adj.) thin or flimsy in texture, cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable.