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Sadlier Oxford H

WCHS Unit 7-H

WordDefinition
abeyance (n) a state of being temporarily inactive, suspended, or set aside
ambivalent (adj) having opposite and conflicting feelings about someone or something
beleaguer (v) to set upon from all sides; to surround with an army; to trouble, harass
carte blanche (n) full freedom or authority to act at one's own discretion
cataclysm (n) a sudden, violent, or devastating uphaval; a surging flood, deluge
debauch (v( to corrupt morally, seduce; to indulge in dissipation; (n) an act or occasion of dissipation or vice
eclat (n) dazzling or conspicuous success or acclaim; great billiance (of performance or achievement)
fastidious (adj) overly demanding or hard to please; excessively careful in regard to details; easily disgusted
gambol (v) to jump or skip about playfully
imbue (v) to soak or stain thrououghy; to fill the mind
inchoate (adj) just beginning; not fully shaped or formed
lampoon (n) a malicious satire; (v) to satirize, ridecule
malleable (adj) capable of being formed into different shapes; capable of being altered, adapted, or influenced
nemesis (n) an agent or force inflicting vengeance or punishment; retibution itself; an unbeatable rival
opt (v) to make a choice or decision
philistine (adj) lacking in, hostile to, or smugly indifferent to cultural and artistic values or refinements; (n) such a person
picaresque (adj) involving or characteristic of clever rogues or adventurers
queasy (adj) nauseated or uneasy; causing nausea or uneasiness; troubled
refractory (adj) stubborn; hard or difficult to manage; not responsive to treatment or cure
savoir-faire (n) the abilty to say and do the right thing in any situation; social competence
Created by: dmoudy