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Sadlier Oxford H

WCHS Unit 12-H

WordDefinition
apposite (adj) appropriate; suitable; apt
augur (n) a prophet or seer; (v) to redict, foreshadow
bilk (v) to defraud, cheat, or swindle; to evade payment of; to frustrate, thwart
charisma (n) the special personal magnetism that makes an individual exceptionally appealing to other people; a divinely bestowed gift or power
debilitate (v) to make weak or feeble
execrable (adj) utterly detestable, hateful, or abhorrent; extremely inferior
impinge (v) to strike against or collide with violently; to encroach or obtrude upon; to make an impression upon
labyrinth (n) a bewildering maze; any confusing or complicated situation
narcissism (n) excessive self-love; absorption in oneself
niggardly (adj) stingy; meanly small or insufficient
pastiche (n) a dramatic, musical, or literary work made up of bits and pieces from other sources; a hodgepodge
precarious (adj) very uncertain or unsure; dangerous or risky
rapport (n) a close and harmonious relationship
utilitarian (adj) stressing practicality over other considerations; relating to the belief that what is good or desireable is determined purly by its usefulness
vacuous (adj) devoid of matter, substance, or meaning; lacking ideas or intelligence; purposeless
vagary (n) an unpredictable, erratic, or seemingly purposeless action, occurrence or notion
viable (adj) capable of living or developing under normal circumstances
xenophobia (n) undue or unreasonable fear, hatred or contempt of foreigners or strangers or of what is foreign or strange
zany (adj) clownish or funny in a crazy, bizarre, or ludicrous way; (n) one who plays the clown
zealot (n) a fanatical partisan; an ardent follower
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