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20 terms

Vocab 12

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Absolve
(v.) to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt
Caricature
(n.) a respresentation (especially a drawing) in which the subject's features are deliberately exaggerated; (v.) to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way
Clangor
(n.) a loud ringing sound; (v.) to make a loud ringing noise
Contiguous
(adj.) side by side, touching; near; adjacent in time
Cupidity
(n.) an eager desire for something; greed
Deleterious
(adj.) harfmul, injurious
Enhance
(v.) to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of
Enthrall
(v.) to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison
Extenuate
(v.) to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses
Implicit
(adj.) implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts of reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in
Incisive
(adj.) sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)
Ostentatious
(adj.) marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy
Paragon
(n.) a model of excellence or perfection
Paraphrase
(v.) to restate in other words; (n.)a statement that presents a given idea in new language
Politic
(adj.)prudent, shrewedly concieved and developed; artful, expedient
Prosaic
(adj.) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic
Redundant
(adj.) extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush
Scantimonious
(adj.)making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou
Scintillating
(adj., part.) spearkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)
Winsome
(adj.) charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)