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vocab d units 13-15

Sadlier-Oxford Vocab Workshop Level D, Units 13-15 review

ad infinitum endlessly
apportion to divide and give out in shares
bona fide genuine; sincere
buoyant able to float easily; able to hold things up; cheerful, hopeful
clique a small, exclusive group of people
concede to admit as true; to yield, submit
congenial getting on well with others; agreeable, pleasant
lofty very high; noble
migration a movement from one country or region to another
perceive to be aware of through the senses, observe; to grasp mentally
perverse inclined to go against what is expected; stubborn; turned away from what is good and proper
prelude an introduction; that which comes before or leads off
rancid stale, spoiled
rustic country-like; simple, plain, awkward; one who lives in the country
sever to separate, divide into parts
sordid wretchedly poor; run-down; mean or selfish
untenable not capable of being held or defended; impossible to maintain
versatile able to do many things well; capable of many uses
vindicate to clear from hint or charge of wrongdoing; to defend successfully against opposition; to justify
wane to lose size, strength, or power
annex to add to, attach; to incorporate; an attachment or addition
cleave to cut or split open; to cling to
cordial in a friendly manner, hearty, cheery; a liqueur
cornerstone the starting point of a building; a fundamental principle or element
debacle an overwhelming defeat, rout; a complete collapse or failure
devitalize to make weak or lifeless
embroil to involve in a conflict or difficulty; to throw into confusion
exonerate to clear from a charge or accusation
glib ready and fluent in speech; thoughtless, insincere
haphazard by chance, not planned; lacking order
improvise to compose or perform without preparation; to construct from available materials
incite to rouse, stir up, urge on
influx a coming in, inflow
pallor an extreme or unnatural paleness
pedigree a list of ancestors, family tree; the history or origins of something
precipitous very steep
profuse very abundant; given or flowing freely
reconcile to restore to friendship; to settle; to resign (oneself)
shackle to put into chains; a chain, fetter
threadbare shabby, old and worn
abase to lower in esteem, degrade; to humble
actuate to move to action; to impel
avert to turn aside, turn away; to prevent, avoid
boorish rude, unrefined; clumsy
brunt the main impact, force, or burden
combatant a fighter; engaged in fighting
dormant inactive; in a state of suspension; sleeping
dubious causing uncertainty or suspicion; in a doubtful or uncertain state of mind, hesitant
harangue to deliver a loud, ranting speech; a loud speech
harry to make a destructive raid on; to torment, harass
impenitent not feeling remorse or sorrow for errors or offenses
knave a tricky, unprincipled, or deceitful fellow
legion a large military force; any large group or number; many, numerous
liberality generosity, generous act; breadth of mind or outlook
plaintiff one who begins a lawsuit
probe to examine, investigate thoroughly; an investigation; a device used to explore or examine
protract to draw out or lengthen in space or time
quarry to cut or take from (or as if from) a quarry; a place from which stone is taken; something that is hunted or pursued
spurn to refuse with scorn, disdain
subterfuge an excuse or trick for escaping or hiding something
Created by: pcms middle