Lessons 13, 14, 15

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Lessons 13, 14, 15
2010-12-24 19:41:25
English vocab lessons

lessons 13, 14, 15
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  1. adduce
    verb- to cite as an example or a means of proof in an argument
  2. confound
    • verb- to cause to become confused or perplexed
    • verb- to fail to distinguish; to mix up
    • verb- to make something bad even worse
  3. construe
    • verb- to interpret; to explain the meaning of
    • verb- to translate, especially to do so aloud
  4. conundrum
    • adjective- a difficult, unsolvable, or self-contradictory problem; a dilemma
    • adjective- a riddle which is answered by a pun
  5. cryptic
    • adjective- having hidden meaning; mysterious
    • adjective- using or based on code
  6. equivocate
    verb- to use language that is evasive or ambiguous, often in an attempt to mislead; to avoid making an explicit or straightforward statement
  7. paradox
    • noun- a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true
    • noun- something exhibiting inexplicable or contradictory aspects
  8. patent
    • adjective- obvious; plain; apparent
    • noun- a grant by the government that give the creator of an invention the sole right to his creation for a set time
  9. perspicacity
    noun- an acuteness of perception, observation, or understanding; a sharpness
  10. rudimentary
    • adjective- of or relating to basic facts or principles; elementary
    • adjective- in the earliest stages of development
  11. aberrant
    adjective- deviating from the proper or expected course; abnormal
  12. anomaly
    noun- a departure from the normal or ordinary form, order, or rule
  13. eccentricity
    noun- the quality of straying from what is conventional or customary; a deviation from the normal, expected, or established
  14. endemic
    adjective- common in or unique to a certain location or population
  15. incongruous
    • adjective- lacking in harmony; incompatible
    • adjective- not in agreement; inconsistent
    • adjective- not keeping with what is proper, logical, or correct
  16. mundane
    adjective- commonplace; ordinary
  17. outlandish
    adjective- strikingly bizarre or unfamiliar
  18. paragon
    noun- a model of perfection or excellence of a kind; an unparalleled example
  19. ubiquitous
    adjective- being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time
  20. unwonted
    adjective- not habitual or ordinary; unusual
  21. abscond
    verb- to leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution
  22. bilk
    verb- to cheat or swindle out of money
  23. clemency
    • noun- mercy, especially toward a criminal or an enemy
    • noun- mildness, especially of weather
  24. contrite
    adjective- feeling regret and sorrow for things one has done wrong
  25. impute
    • verb- to attribute the fault or responsibility to; to relate to a particular cause or source
    • verb- to assign as a characteristic
  26. iniquity
    noun- wickedness; immorality; a wicked or an immoral act; a sin
  27. redress
    • verb- to right a wrong; to make up for
    • noun- satisfaction for a wrong or injury; a correction
  28. reprehensible
    adjective- deserving of blame or criticism
  29. restitution
    • noun- the act of restoring something to its proper owner or to its original, undamaged state
    • noun- the act of compensating for loss, damage, or injury
  30. vindicate
    • verb- to clear of blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof
    • verb- to justify or prove the worth of something