1. avarice—[A] extreme desire for material wealth; as, Mrs. Pincher’s avarice led her to raise the rent on her tenants.
2. ruddy—[C] red or reddish; as, The child’s cheeks were ruddy from the crisp winter air.
3. hob—[A] metal shelf at the side of a fireplace; as, A servant stirred a pot of porridge on the hob.
4. lamentation—[B] expression of regret or sadness; as, Finding the cupboard empty, Mr. Jameel gave voice to a heartfelt lamentation.
5. irresolute—[C] uncertain and hesitant; as, Caught between the misery of going back to the orphanage and the dangers of continuing in the dark, Shira was irresolute.
6. negus—[A] hot spiced port drink; as, When the vicar arrived at the holiday party, his host handed him a mug full of negus.
7. relinquish—[C] give up; as, The pickpocket reluctantly relinquished the stolen watch.
8. boisterous—[B] noisy and energetic; as, Jack was admonished for his boisterous behaviour in the classroom. 9. sexton—[A] church caretaker; as, The sexton guided the visitor to her grandmother’s grave.
10. shun—[A] avoid or reject; as, After the argument, Mr. Kapoor shunned Ms. Whinmoor’s company.
11. slipshod—[B] carelessly done; as, The slipshod workmanship made the garden steps dangerous to tread.
12. legatee—[C] recipient of a legacy; as, On discovering herself to be Mrs. Gassama’s legatee, Ms. Cohen was overcome with gratitude.
13. curtsy—[A] formal greeting gesture made by bending the knees; as, When presented to the queen, the young girl made a deep curtsy.
14. cupola—[B] small structure on a roof; as, The barn’s cupola was topped with a brass weathervane.
15. solemnize—[A] mark an occasion with celebration or ritual; as, The couple solemnized their wedding with a waltz. VOCABULARY RATINGS 7–10: fair 11–12: good 13–15: excellent