Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary Level G Unit 13-15

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Abstruse

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(adj) extremely difficult to understand

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Affront

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(n) an open or intentional insult; a slight;(v) to insult one's face; to face in defiance, confront

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Amenity

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(n) that which is pleasant or agreeable;(pl) attractive features, customs, etc.

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Aperture

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(n) an opening, gap, hole; orfice

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Beatific

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(adj) blissful; rendering or making blessed

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Behemoth

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(n) a creature of enormous size, power, or appearance

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Blandishment

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(n, often pl) anything designed to flatter or coax; sweet talk, apple-polishing

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Cacophonous

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(adj) harsh-sounding, raucous, disordant, dissonant

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Canard

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(n) a false rumor, fabricated story

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Capituous

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(adj) excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confused, or show up

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Chicanery

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(n) trickery, deceptive practices or tactics, double-dealing

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Cognizant

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(agj) aware, knowledgebale, informed; having jurisdiction

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Consign

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(v) to give over to another's care, charge, or control; to entrust, deliver; to set apart for a special use

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Contrite

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(adj) regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt; thoroughly penitent

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Coup

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(n) highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour de force, act, plan, or stratagem; a sudden takeover of power or leadership

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Cynosure

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(n) the center of attention, or interest; something that serves to guide or direct

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Decorous

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(adj) well behaved, dignified, socially proper

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Deign

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(v) to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something; to condescend

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Dessicated

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(adj part) thoroughly dried out; divested of spirit or vitality; arid and uninteresting

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Dissidence

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(n) a difference of opinion; discontent

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Efficacy

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(n) the power to produce a desired result

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Engender

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(v) to bring into existence, give rise to, produce; to come into existence, assume form

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Epicurean

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(adj) devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; fond of good food, comfort, and ease; with discriminating tastes(n) a person with discriminating tastes

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Ethreal

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(adj) light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenely (rather than earthbound)

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Euphemism

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(n) a mild or inoffensive expression used in place of a harsh or unpleasant one; a substitute

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Facade

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(n) the front or face of a building; a surface appearance (as opposed to what may lie behind)

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Febrile

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(adj) feverish; pertaining to or marked by fever; frentic

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Gainsay

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(v) to deny, contradict, controvert; to dispute, oppose

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Ghoulish

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(adj) revolting in an unnatural or morbid way; suggestive of someone who robs graves or otherwise preys on the dead

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Imminent

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(adj) about to happen, threatening

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Improvident

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(adj) not thrifty; failing to plan ahead

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Incongruous

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(adj) not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible

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Iniquity

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(n) wickedness, sin; a grossly immoral act

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Innate

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(adj) natural, inborn, inherent; built-in

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Invioable

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(adj) sacred; of such a character that it must not be broken, injured, or profaned

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Loath

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(adj) unwilling, reluctant, disinclined

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Machination

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(n) a crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (usually evil) end

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Manifest

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(adj) clear, evident to the eyes or mind;
(v) to show plainly, exhibit, evince;
(n) a list of cargo and/or passengers

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Mesmerize

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(v) to hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch

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Minutiae

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(pl n) small or trivial details, trifling matters

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Moratorium

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(n) a suspension of activity; an official waiting period; an authorized period of delay

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Mutable

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(adj) open to or capable of change, fickle

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Nascent

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(adj) just beginning to exist or develop; having just come into existence

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Nostrum

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(n) an alleged cure-all; a remedy or scheme of questionable effectiveness

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Obeisance

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(n) a deep bow or other body movement indicating respect or submission; deference, homage

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Opprobrium

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(n) disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach

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Panegyric

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(n) formal or elaborate praise; a tribute

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Pariah

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(n) one who is rejected by a social group or organization

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Pillory

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(n) a device for publicly punishing offenders; a means for exposing one to public contempt or ridicule(v) to expose to public contempt or ridicule

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Pittance

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(n) a woefully meager allowance, wage, or portion

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Presage

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(v) to foreshadow or point to a future event; to predict(n) a warning or indication of the future

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Progeny

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(n) descendants, offspring, children, followers, disciples

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Promulgate

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(v) to proclaim or issue officially; to make known far and wide

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Putative

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(adj) generally regarded as such; reputed; hypothesized, inferred

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Rectitude

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(n) uprightness, righteousness; correctness

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Restive

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(adj) restless, hard to manage, balky

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Seraphic

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(adj) angelic, heavnely celestial

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Subsist

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(v) to have existence; to remain alive, manage to make a living or maintain life; to persist or continue

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Visionary

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(adj) not practical, lacking in realism; having the nature of a fantasy or dream(n) one given to far-fetched ideas; a dreamer or seer characterized by vision or foresight

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Wizened

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(adj part) dry, shrunken, and wrinkled (often as the result of aging)


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