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Sadlier Oxford H

WCHS Unit 15-H

adumbrate (v) to outline or sketch broadly; to foreshadow or prefigure; to disclose partially
apotheosis (n) the elevation of a person to a divine rank or status; the glorification of a person as an ideal; a glorified ideal
ascetic (adj) practicing strict self-denial for the sake of personal or spiritual discipline; (n) one who leads a life of self-discipline, especially to express religious devotion
bauble (n) a small, showy ornament of little value or use
burgeon (v) to put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; to develop rapidly or suddenly
complement (n) somehting that completes a whole; the quanitly or number needed to make up a whole; the full number or allowance; (v) to complete
contumacious (adj) obstinately or willfully disobedient; openly rebellious
curmudgeon (n) an irascible, churlish person
didactic (adj) intended to instruct, especilly morally; inclined to moralize too much
beguile (v) to mislead or deceive; to cheat; to divert; to cause to vanish unnoticed
disingenuous (adj) lacking in sincerity or candor
exculpate (v) to clear of guilt or blame
faux pas (n) a slip in manners or conduct; a social blunder
fulminate (v) to denounce or condemn vehemently; to explode, detonate
fustian (n) inflated or retentious language in speech or writing; a cloth made of cotton and flax
hauteur (n) haughtiness of bearing or atttitude
inhibit (v) to restrain or hold back; to hinder or arrest; to prohibit
jeremiad (n) an elablorate or prolonged lamentation; any tale of woe
opportunist (n) one who makes a practice or taking advantage of circumstances to further his or her own self-interest, regardless of principles or ultimate consequences
unconscionable (adj) not guided or restrained by conscience, prudence, or reason; unscrupulous; immoderate
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