Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level E Unit 12

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abjure
(v.) to renounce, repudiate under oath; to avoid, shun
s: forswear, retract, recant, abstain from
a: affirm, avow, avert, profess
acrid
(adj.) harsh in taste or odor; sharp in manner or temper
s: irritating, stinging, bitter, caustic
a: gentle, soothing, mild
august
(adj.) majestic, inspiring admiration and respect
s: stately, dignified, exalted, venerable
a: humble, base, mean, lowly, abject
callous
(adj.) emotionally hardened, unfeelings
s: insensitive, unsympathetic, thick-skinned
a: sensitive, compassionate, tenderhearted
clandestine
(adj.) secret, concealed; underhanded
s: covert, furtive, surreptitious, stealthy
a: open, overt, undisguised, aboveboard
compunction
(n.) remorse, regret
s: scruple, qualm, misgiving, contrition
a: shamelessness, insouciance, nonchalance
conflagration
(n.) a large destructive fire
s: holocaust, wildfire
a: deluge, flood
elated
(adj., part) in high spirits, jubilant; extremely pleased
s: overjoyed, ecstatic, tickled pink
a: depressed, crestfallen, despondent, blue
indelible
(adj.) not able to be erased or removed; memorable
s: lasting, permanent, unforgettable
a: erasable, impermanent, ephemeral
indulgent
(adj.) yielding to the wishes or demands of others
s: lenient, permissive, tolerant, liberal
a: strict, severe, inflexible, hard-nosed
inveterate
(adj.) firmly established, long-standing; habitual
s: persisting, chronic, dyed-in-the-wool
a: sporadic, intermittent, occasional
irrelevant
(adj.) not to the point, not applicable or pertinent
s: inapplicable, immaterial, beside the point
a: pertinent, material, apropos, germane
nocturnal
(adj.) of or occurring in the night; under cover of darkness
s: nighttime
a: daytime, diurnal
platitude
(n.) a commonplace, stale, or trite remark
s: cliche, truism, bromide
a: epigram, quip, witticism, bon mot
quell
(v.) to subdue, put down forcibly
s: suppress, pacify, squelch, quash, crush
a: incite, provoke, arouse, foment, stir up
quiescent
(adj.) inactive; at rest
s: still, insert, motionless, dormant, tranquil
a: active, thriving, lively, bustling, volatile
ruminate
(v.) to meditate, think about at length; to chew the cud
s: ponder, reflect, mull over, muse
tacit
(adj.) unspoken, silent; implied, inferred
s: unexpressed, unvoiced, understood, implicit
a: explicit, express, specific
tangible
(adj.) capable of being touched; real, concrete
s: preceptible, actual, evident, palpable
a: immaterial, imperceptible, insubstantial
trenchant
(adj.) incisive, keen; forceful, effective; cutting, caustic; distinct, clear-cut
s: penetrating, cutting, telling, acute
a: dull, bland, insipid, vapid, imperceptive
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