Vocab Lesson 22-24

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Vocab Lesson 22-24
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AP English 4, Vocab 22-24
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  1. extenuation
    • the act of attempting to lessen the seriousness of by providing a partial justification or excuse
    • a partial justification or excuse
  2. portent
    an indication of something momentous or calamitous about to occur; omen
  3. pretentious
    • making an extravagant outward show; ostentatious
    • claiming a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified
  4. retentive
    having the ability to remember or store
  5. retinue
    the attendants accompanying a high-ranking person
  6. sustenance
    • something, especially food, that supports life, health, and good spirits
    • the supplying of the necessities of life
    • the condition of being supplied with these necessities
  7. tenable
    capable of being defended or sustained; logical; reasonable
  8. tenacious
    • holding firmly; persistent
    • cohesive
    • adhesive; clinging to another object or surface
    • tending to retain
  9. tenuous
    having little substance; flimsy
  10. tenure
    • the period of holding something, such as property or an office; occupation
    • permanence of position
  11. adduce
    to cite as an example or means of proof in an argument; bring forward for consideration
  12. confound
    • to cause (a person) to become confused; bewilder
    • to fail to distinguish; mix up
  13. consture
    to place a certain meaning on; interpret
  14. conundrum
    • a problem with no satisfactory solution
    • a difficult and complicated problem
    • a riddle in which a fanciful question is answered by a pun
  15. cryptic
    • having an ambiguous or hidden meaning; enigmatic
    • of a secret nature; mystifying
  16. equivocate
    • to use ambiguous and misleading language intentionally; hedge
    • to avoid making an explicit statement
  17. paradox
    • a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true
    • an assertion that is essentially self contradictory although based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises
    • a person with inexplicable or contradictory qualities
  18. patent
    obvious; plain
  19. perspicacity
    acuteness of perception, discernment, or understanding
  20. rudimentary
    • of or relating to basic facts or principles that must be learned first; elementary; fundamental.
    • in the earliest stages of development; incipient
  21. commodious
    spacious; roomy
  22. finite
    • limited; having boundaries
    • existing for a limited time only
  23. gamut
    • the complete range or extent of something
    • the entire series of recognized musical notes
  24. incalculable
    • not capable of being conceived of or determined
    • being beyond calculation; very great
    • unpredictable; uncertain
  25. iota
    an extremely small amount; bit
  26. lofty
    • of great height; towering
    • elevated in character; noble
    • affecting grandness; pompous
    • arrogant; haughty
  27. magnitude
    • greatness in size or extent
    • greatness in rank or position
    • greatness in significance or influence
  28. minuscule
    very small; tiny
  29. picayune
    • of little value or importance
    • petty; mean
  30. vestige
    a visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that has once existed but exists or appears no more

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