The judge absolved the falsely accused "criminals" of their "crime" with a pardon,
(n.) a representation (especially a drawing) in which the subject's characteristic features are deliberately exaggerated. SYN: cartoon, parody (v.) to present someone or something in a distorted way.
The artist provided amusing caricatures where the head was substantially larger than their body.
(n.) a loud ringing sound. SYN: clamor, uproar ANT: silence, stillness (v.) to make a loud ringing noise. The flashbang blinded and created a loud clangor in the assailant's head.
(adj.) side by side, touching; near; adjacent in time SYN: adjoining, abutting, next door to ANT: detached, apart, distant The friends were so contiguous one could venture to call them Siamese twins.
(n.) an eager desire for something; greed SYN: avarice, lust ANT: generosity, contentment, satiation The robber's cupidity for money was his downfall.
(adj.) harmful, injurious SYN: detrimental, destruction ANT: helpful, beneficial, harmless The deleterious chemicals were handled with care but the vapors alone killed the lab workers.
(v.) to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of SYN: improve ANT: diminish, reduce, lessen People with low vocabulary use swears to "enhance" their sentences.
(v.) to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison SYN: fascinate, enchant, attract ANT: bore to tears, repel, put someone off The magician enthralled the young child and he set his life goal to become one.
(v.) to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses SYN: mitigate, diminish ANT: intensify, aggravate, worsen The mediator extenuated the heated argument.
(adj.) implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in SYN: inferred, unspoken ANT: explicit, expressed, stated The girl took the implicit situation completely the wrong way.
(adj.) sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness) SYN: acute, perceptive The hawk's incisive eyes were truly a work of millions of years of evolution.
(adj.) marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy SYN: flashy, overdone, flamboyant ANT: modest, plain, simple The pretentious girl made her grandiose and ostentatious entrance on the first day of school.
(n.) a model of excellence or perfection SYN: good example, ideal The Valedictorian is considered the paragon of his class.
(v.) to restate in other words; SYN: reword, rephrase ANT: repeat verbatim, duplicate (n.) a statement that presents a given idea in a new language SYN: a rendition, version The rough paraphrase brusquely gave the gist of the conversation.
(adj.) prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient SYN: tactful, diplomatic, judicious ANT: unwise, injudicious, rash The political argument displayed great debating tactics.
(adj.) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic SYN: commonplace, humdrum, literal ANT: succinct, terse, laconic The five hour sermon quickly became prosaic.
(adj.) extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush SYN: unnecessary, verbose ANT: succinct, terse, laconic. The five hour sermon the following day was extremely redundant and basically went over everything the previous prosaic sermon did the day before.
(adj.) making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous; holier-than-thou ANT: heartfelt, sincere, humble The old Catholic church in its infancy was very sanctimonious by saying money was evil and yet requiring a "fee."
(adj., part) sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities) SYN: stimulating, lively ANT:dull, boring, insipid July 4 is an exciting and scintillating holiday.
(adj.) charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence) SYN: engaging, delightful ANT: unattractive, unappealing, repulsive People who may look winsome are far from that; in fact they may be very evil people.