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40 terms

Clausen 11-15

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abste'mious
adj moderate, sparing
cen'surable
adj deserving of blame or coercion
contin'gent
adj likely but not certain to happen, possible, dependent on uncertain events or conditions
corrob'orate
verb to confirm, make more certain, bolster
den'izen
noun an inhabitant, resident
discur'sive
adj passing aimlessly from one place or subject to another
dissem'inate
verb to scatter or spread widely
dow'dy
adj poorly dressed, shabby, lacking smartness and good taste
flor'id
adj highly colored, reddish, excessively ornate
foist
verb to impose by fraude, to pass of as worthy or genuine
gauche
adj awkward, lackingh in social graces, tactless, clumsy
her'esy
noun an opinion different from accepted belief.
in'culcate
verb to impress on the mind by repetition, teach persistently and earnestly
pal'pable
adj capable of being touched or felt, easily seen, heard or recognized
percep'tive
adj having sympathetic insight or understanding, capable of keen appreciation
perni'cious
adj extremely harmful, deadly fatal
sal'ient
adj leaping, jumping, or springing forth, prominent, standing out
noun a projection or bulge, a land form that projects upward or outward
sa'tiate
verb to satisfy completely, to fill to excess,
adj full, satisfied
sear
verb to make or become dry and wirthered, to char or scorch the surface of
spe'cious
adj deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit
absolve'
verb to clear from blame, responsibility or guilt
car'icature
noun a representation in which the subject's characteristic features are deliberately exagerated,
verb to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way
clang'or
noun a loud ringing sound
verb to make a loud ringing noise
contig'uous
adj side-by-side, touching, near
cupid'ity
noun an eager desire for something, greed
deleter'ious
adj harmful, injurious
enhance'
verb to raise to a higher degree,to increase the value or desirablity of
enthrall'
verb to captivate or charm, hold spellbound, to enslave
exten'uate
verb to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses
implic'it
adj implied or understood though unexpressed, withou doubts or reservations
inci'sive
adj sharp, keen, penetrating
ostenta'tious
adj marked by conspicuious or pretentious display, showy
par'agon
noun a model of excellence or perfection
par'aphrase
verb to restate in other words,
noun a statement that present a given idea in a new language
pol'itic
adj prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed, artful, expedient
prosa'ic
adj dull, lacking in distinction and originality, matter-of-fact, straightforward, characteristic of prose
redun'dant
adj extra, excess, more than is needed, wordy, repetitive
sanctimo'nious
adj making a show of virtue or righteousness, hypocritically moralistic or pious
scin'tillating
adj part sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant
win'some
adj charming, attractive, pleasing (childlike charm and innocence)