Vocabulary Workshop Level H Unit 1

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adjunct

something added to something else as helpful or useful, but not essential

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bellwether

the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; an indicator of trends

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caterwaul

to howl or screech like a cat; to quarrel

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chimerical

absurd, wildly fantastic, impossible

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effete

lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn-out

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fait accompli

an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action

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hidebound

narrow-minded and rigid

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hierarchy

any system of things or people arranged one above another in order of rank, wealth, class.. etc.

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liturgy

a religious service or rite

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laissez-faire

a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference, especially with individual freedom of choice or action

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morass

a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand

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noisome

offensive or disgusting

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oblivious

forgetful; unaware

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poltroon

a base coward

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proselyte

a covert; a disciple

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quasi

resembling but not actually being; semi

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raillery

good-humored ridicule; persiflage

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ribald

irreverently mocking; vulgar

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supine

lying flat on one's back; lethargic, apathetic, passive

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vignette

a short description or sketch

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