20 terms

Vocabulary Sadlier Level F Unit 12

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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: cartoon, burlesque, lampoon
clangor
n. a loud ringing sound; v. to make loud ringing noise

synonyms: din, clamor, uproar
antonyms: 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, injurious

synonyms: detrimental, destructive, pernicious, damaging
antonyms: helpful,beneficial, harmless, innocuous
enhance
v. to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability

synonyms: improve, elevate
antonyms: diminish, degrade
enthrall
v. to captivate, charm, hold spell bound; 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 reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in

synonyms: inferred, tacit,unspoken, unconditional
antonyms: explicit, expressed, stated, revealed
incisive
adj. sharp, been, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)

synonyms: acute, cutting, perceptive
inimical
adj. tending to cause harm or obstruct developments; being oppositional or adverse

synonyms: unfriendly, hostile,antagonistic, contrary
antonyms: friendly, hospitable, kind
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
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. sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)

synonyms: stimulating, glittering
antonyms: dull, boring, insipid
winsome
adj. charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting childlike charm innocence)

synonyms: winning, delightful, prepossessing
antonyms: unattractive, unappealing, repulsive

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