Vocab Unit 12

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Vocab Unit 12
2010-02-11 17:21:20
12th grade English Vocab list 12

English Vocab
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  1. Abslove
    (v) to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt
  2. Caricature
    • (n) a representation (drawing) in which the subject's characteristic features are deliberately exaggerated
    • (v) to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way
  3. Clangor
    • (n) a loud ringing sound
    • (v) to make a loud ringing noise
  4. Contiguous
    (adj) side by side, touching; near; adjacent in time
  5. Cupidity
    (n) an eager desire for something; greed
  6. Deleterious
    (adj) harmful, injurious
  7. Enhance
    (v) to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of
  8. Enthrall
    (v) to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison
  9. Extenuate
    (v) to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses
  10. Implicit
    (adj) implied or understodd though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in
  11. Incisive
    (adj) sharp, keen, penetrating
  12. Ostentatious
    (adj) marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy
  13. Paragon
    (n) a model of excellence or perfection
  14. Paraphrase
    • (v) to restate in other words
    • (n) a statement that presents a given idea in new language
  15. Politic
    (adj) prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient
  16. Prosaic
    (adj) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightfoward; characteristic of prose, not poetic
  17. Redundant
    (adj) extra, excess, more than needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush
  18. Sanctimonious
    (adj) making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, hoiler-than-thou
  19. Scintillating
    (adj) sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant
  20. Winsome
    (adj) charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)