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Hathaway Vocab 3

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anomaly
(n) something different, abnormal, peculiar, or not easily classified
banal
(adj) stresses the complete absence of freshness, novelty, or immediacy
moot
(adj) a. open to question, debatable; subjected to discussion
b. deprived of practical significance : made abstract or purely academic
satiate
(v) to satisfy (as a need or desire) fully or to excess
sophomoric
(adj) conceited and overconfident of knowledge but poorly informed and immature
vindicate
(v) to free from allegation or blame, to exculpate*
exculpate*
(v) to clear from blame; prove innocent
astute
(adj) having or showing shrewdness and perspicacity*
perspicacity*
(n) the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly
exhort
(v) (transitive sense) to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly
malcontent
(adj) dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs : discontented
puerile
(adj) juvenile : childish, silly
quandary
(n) a state of perplexity or doubt
unequivocal
(n) a. leaving no doubt : unambiguous
b. unquestionable
cacophony
(n) a. harsh or discordant sound : dissonance
b.specifically : harshness in the sound of words or phrases
caricature
(n) exaggeration by means of often ludicrous* distortion of parts or characteristics
ludicrous*
(adj) broadly or extravagantly humorous; completely devoid of wisdom or good sense
ascribe
(v) to refer to a supposed cause, source, or author
pertinent
(adj) having a clear decisive relevance to the matter in hand
tenuous
(adj) having little substance or strength; flimsy, weak
whet
(v) to make keen or more more acute : excite, stimulate
conundrum
(n) a. a question or problem having only a conjectural* answer
b. an intricate and difficult problem
conjectural*
(adj) based on guesswork or incomplete evidence
admonish
(v) to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous* manner
solicitous*
(adj) showing concern or care; fearful or anxious about someone or something