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Sadlier Oxford H

WCHS Unit 4-H

WordDefinition
affinity (na) a natural attraction to a person, thing or activity; a relationship, connection
bilious (adj) peevish or irritable; sickeningly unpleasant
cognate (adj) closely related in origin, essential nature or function; (n) such a person or thing
corollary (n) a proposition that follows from one already porven; a natural consequence or result; (adj) resultant or consequent
cul-de-sac (n) a blind alley or dead-end street; any situation in which further progress is impossible; an impasse
derring-do (n) valor or heroism; daring deeds or exploits (often used to poke fun a false heroics)
diviation (n) the art of act of predicting the future of discovering hidden knowledge
elixir (n) a potion once thought capable of curing all ills and maintaining life indefinitely; a panacea; a sweet liquid used as a vehicle in medicines
folderol (n) foolish talk, ideas, or procedures; nonsense; a trifle
gamut (n) an entire range or series
hoi polloi (n) the common people, the masses
ineffabe (adj) not expressibe in words; too great or too sacred to be uttered
lucubration (n) laborious study or thought, especially at night; the results of such work
mnemonic (adj) relating to or designed to assist the memory (n) a device to aid the memory
obloquy (n) public abuse indicating strong disapporval or censure; the disgrace resulting from such treatment
parameter (n) a determineng or characteristic element; a factor that shapes the total outcome; a limit, boundary
pundit (n) a learned person; one who gives authoritative opinions
risible (adj) pertaining to laughter; able or inclined to laugh; laughable
symptomatic (adj) typical or characteristic; being or concerned with a symptom of a disease
volte-face (n) an about-face; a complete reversal
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