Sadlier-Oxford Level F Unit 12 Vocabulary

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absolve
(v.) to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt.
Synonyms: acquit, exonerate, vindicate, excuse, pardon
Antonyms: condemn, convict, incriminate, inculpate
caricature
(n.) a representation, such as a drawing, that exaggerates a subject's characteristic features; (v.) to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way.
Synonyms: (n.) cartoon, burlesque, lampoon
clangor
(n.) a loud ringing sound; (v.) to make a loud ringing noise.
Synonyms: (n.) din, uproar, clamor
Antonyms: (n.) silence, stillness, peace and quiet
contiguous
(adj.) side by side; touching; near; adjacent in time.
Synonyms: abutting, next door to
Antonyms: detached, apart, distant, remote
cupidity
(n.) an eager desire for something; greed.
Synonyms: avarice, rapacity, craving, lust
Antonyms: contentment, satiety, gratification
deleterious
(adj.) harmful, dangerous.
Synonyms: detrimental, destructive, pernicious, damaging
Antonyms: helpful, beneficial, harmless, innocuous
enhance
(v.) to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of.
Synonyms: improve, elevate
Antonyms: diminish, degrade
enthrall
(v.) to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison.
Synonyms: fascinate, attract
Antonyms: bore to tears, repel
extenuate
(v.) to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses.
Synonyms: moderate, mitigate, diminish, downplay
Antonyms: intensify, magnified, worsen, exacerbate
implicit
(adj.) implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservation, unquestioning, potentially contained in.
Synonyms: inferred, tacit, unspoken, unconditional
Antonyms: explicit, expressed, stated, revealed
incisive
(adj.) sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)
Synonyms: acute, cutting, perceptive
ostentatious
(adj.) marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy.
Synonyms: flashy, overdone, affected, flamboyant
Antonyms: modest, plain, simple, demure, retiring
paragon
(n.) a model of excellence or perfection.
Synonyms: ideal, paradigm, model, good example
paraphrase
(v.) to restate in other words; (n.) a statement that presents a given idea in new language
Synonyms: (v.) reword, rephrase; (n.) a rendition, version
Antonyms: (v.) repeat verbatim, duplicate, quote
politic
(adj.) prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient.
Synonyms: tactful, diplomatic, judicious, circumspect
Antonyms: unwise, injudicious, imprudent, rash
prosaic
(adj.) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic.
Synonyms: literal, pedestrian
Antonyms: remarkable, poetic
redundant
(adj.) extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush.
Synonyms: unnecessary, superfluous, verbose, prolix
Antonyms: terse, laconic, scarce, inadequate
sanctimonious
(adj.) making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou.
Antonyms: heartfelt, sincere, humble
scintillating
(adj., part) sparking, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities.)
Synonyms: stimulating, glittering
Antonyms: dull, boring, insipid
winsome
(adj.) charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence.)
Synonyms: winning, delightful, prepossessing
Antonyms: unattractive, unappealing, repulsive