Unit 11

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cantata

A musical composition, particularly a religious work from the 17th or 18th century, for one or more voices accompanied by instruments

incantation

a use of spells or verbal charms spoken or sung as part of a ritual of magic

cantor

an official of a Jewish synagogue who sings or chants the music of the services and leads the congregation in prayer

descant

an additional melody sung above the principal melody

allude

to refer broadly or indirectly

collusion

a secret agreement or conspiracy for an illegal or deceptive purpose

ludicrous

laughable because of clear absurdity, falseness, or foolishness

prelude

a performance, action, event, or piece of music that precedes and prepares for the more important thing that follows

phantasm

an illusion or a ghost produced by imagination or creative invention

phantasmagoria

a collection or combination of weird or imaginary things

phenomenon

a fact or event observed or known with the senses

diaphanous

(1) transparent
(2) insubstantial or vague

aver

to state positively as true; declare

verify

to prove to be true or correct

verisimilitude

the appearance of being true or probable

verity

a true fact or statement

perturb

to upset, confuse, or disarrange

turbine

a rotary engine with blades made to turn and generate power by a current of water, steam, or air under pressure

turbulent

stirred up, agitated

turbid

thick or murky, especially with churned-up sediment

devolution

the transfer of rights, powers, property, or responsibility to others, especially from the central to local government

evolution

a process of change from a lower, simpler, or worse state to one that is higher, more complex, or better

voluble

speaking readily and rapidly; talkative

convoluted

having a pattern of curved windings

confection

a sweet food or fancy dish prepared form a variety of ingredients

facile

easily accomplished

olfactory

having to do with the sense of smell

proficient

skilled in an art, occupation, or branch of knowledge

usufruct

the right to use or enjoy something

usury

the lending of money with a fee charged for its use, especially lending for an unusually high fee

utilitarian

aiming at usefulness rather than beauty

utility

(1) usefulness
(2) a government-regulated business providing a public service; the service it provides

muse

a source of inspiration; a guiding spirit

iridescent

having a glowing, rainbowlike play of color that seems to change as the light shifts

mausoleum

a large tomb, especially one built above ground with shelves for the dead

mentor

a trusted counselor, guide, tutor, or coach

narcissism

extreme self-centeredness or fascination with oneself

tantalize

to tease or torment by offering something desirable but keeping it out of reach

thespian

an actor

zephyr

a breeze from the west

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