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22 terms

Unit 12 Vocab Level F

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Absolve
v. to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt
Caricature
n. a representation (especially a drawing) in which the subject's characteristic features are deliberately exaggerated; v. to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way
Clangor
n. a loud ringing sound (with a suggestion of being disturbing)
Contiguous
adj. side by side, touching; near
Cupidity
n. an eager desire for something; greed
Deleterious
adj. harmful, injurious
Enhance
v. to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of
Enthrall
v. to captivate, charm, hold spellbound
Extenuate
v. to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses
Exude
v. to ooze out; to discharge through the pores; to emanate (as a quality or a personal impression)
Implicit
adj. implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning
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, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient
Preeminent
adj. superior, outstanding; prominent
Prosaic
adj. dull, ordinary, lacking in distinction and originality; characteristic of prose, not poetic
Redundant
adj. extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive
Sanctimonious
adj. making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious
Scintillating
adj., part. sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)
Winsome
adj. charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)