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40 terms

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