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Sadlier Oxford H

WCHS Unit 6-H

WordDefinition
abortive (adj) failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose; only partially or imperfectly developed
bruit (v) to spread news, reports, or unsubstaniated rumors
contumelious (adj) insolent or rude in speech or behavior; insultingly abusive; humiliating
dictum (n) a short saying; an authoritative statement
ensconce (v) to settle comfortably and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place
iconoclastic (adj) attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions
in medias res (adv) in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things
internecine (adj) mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed
maladroit (adj) lacking skill or dexterity; lacking tact, perception or judgment
maudlin (adj) excesively or effusively sentimental
modulate (v) to change or vary the intensity or pitch; to temper or soften; to regulate, adjust
portentous (adj) foreshadowing an event to come; causing wonder or awe; self-consciously weighty, pompous
prescience (n) knowledge of events or actions before they happen; foresight
quid pro quo (n) something given in exchange or return for something else
salubrious (adj) conductive to health or well-being; wholesome
saturnalian (adj) characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness
touchstone (n) a means of testing worth or genuieness
tramatic (adj) so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and substantial psychological damage
vitiate (v) to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to imapir the quality or value of
waggish (adj) fond of making jokes; characteristic of a joker; playfully humorous or droll
Created by: dmoudy