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Sadlier Oxford H

WCHS Unit 1-H

WordDefinition
adhjunct (n) something else as helpful or useful but not essential; an assssistant or helper; a valuable quality or characteristic; (adj) added or connected in a subordinate capacity; attached to a faculty or staff in an auxiliary capacity
bellwether (n) the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; a leader, as in a desperate or violent undertaking; an indicator of trends
caterwaul (v) to howl or screch like a cat; to quarrel; (n) a harsh or noisy cry; a racket
chimerical (adj) absurd; wildly fantastic; impossible
effete (adj) lacking in wholsome vigor or energy; worn-out or exhausted; sterile or unable to produce; out-of-state
fait accompli (n) an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action
hidebound (adj) narrow-minded and rigid, especially in opinions or prejudices; stubbornly and unthinkingly conservative
hierarchy (n) any system of things or peole arranged or graded one above another in order of rank, wealth, class, etc.
liturgy (n) a religious service or rite; the form of a ritual or other act of public worship
mirage (n) something illusory, without substance, or without a basis in reality; an illusion
morass (n) a patchof low, soft, wet ground; a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand
noisome (adjA_ offensive or disgusting; foul-smellign; harmful or injurious
ovlivious (adj) forgetful; unaware
poltroon (n) a base coward
proselyte a(n) a convert; a disciple
quasi (adj) resembling by not actually being; seemingly but not actually or completely
raillery (n) good-humored ridicule; teasing
ribald (adj) irreverently mocking; coarse, vulgar, or indecent in language
supine (adj) lying flat on one's back; listless or lethargic; apathetic
vignette (n) a short description or sketch; a picture or illustration with edges that gradually shade off; a decorative design on the title page or a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter
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