20 terms

Unit 12 Vocab

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop New Edition Jerome Shostak
apposite (adj)
appropriate, suitable, apt; (syn) relevant, germane, pertinent; (ant) immaterial
augur (n)
a prophet or seer; (v) to predict, foreshadow; oracle, bode
bilk (v)
to defraud, cheat or swindle; to frustrate, thwart; dupe, cozen
charisma (n)
appeal, charm, mystique
debilitate (v)
to make weak or feeble; enervate, sap, exhaust; (ant) strengthen, fortify
execrable (adj)
utterly detestable, hateful, or abhorrent; odious, reprehensible; (ant) commendable, meritorious
impinge (v)
to strike against; to encroach or obtrude upon; horn in, affect
labyrinth (n)
a bewildering maze; any confusing or complicated situation; tangle, mystery, enigma
narcissism (n)
excessive self-love; egotism, conceit, amour propre; vanity
niggardly (adj)
stingy; small or insufficient; penny-pinching, mean; (ant) generous, bountiful, magnanimous
pastiche (n)
work made up of bits and pieces from other sources; a hodgepodge; medley, patchwork, melange
precarious (adj)
very uncertain or unsure; dangerous or risky; perilous, dubious; (ant) secure, safe, firm
rapport (n)
close and harmonious relationship; bond, tie, affinity, understanding
utilitarian (adj)
stressing practicality; practical, functional, pragmatic; (ant) ornamental, decorative
vacuous (adj)
lacking substance or meaning; purposeless, inane, insipid, fatuous, void; (ant) incisive, trenchant, perceptive
vagary (n)
an unpredictable or erratic action; caprice, whim, quirk
viable (adj)
capable of developing under normal circumstances; practicable, feasible; (ant) unworkable
xenophobia (n)
fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of what is foreign/strange; provinciality, chavinism, parochialism
zany (adj)
clownish or funny in a bizarre way; one who plays the clown; daffy, buffoon; (ant) sedate, decorous, grave
zealot (n)
a fanatical partisan; ardent follower; fanatic, extremist