Vocabulary Terms 211 - 240

The flashcards below were created by user ndhejduk on FreezingBlue Flashcards.

  1. extenuation
    noun a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances
  2. portent
    noun a sign of something about to happen
  3. pretentious
    adj. making claim to or creating an appearance of importance or distinction; intended to attract notice and impress others
  4. retentive
    adj. having the power, capacity, or quality of retaining water; good at remembering; having the capacity to retain something
  5. retinue
    noun the group following and attending to some important person
  6. sustenance
    noun the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence; a source of materials to nourish the body
  7. tenable
    adj. based on sound reasoning or evidence
  8. tenacious
    adj. sticking together; good at remembering; stubbornly unyielding
  9. tenuous
    adj. having thin consistency; having little substance or significance
  10. tenure
    noun the right to hold property; the term during which some position is held; verb give life-time employment to
  11. adduce
    verb advance evidence for
  12. confound
    verb mistake one thing for another; be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
  13. construe
    verb make sense of; assign a meaning to
  14. conundrum
    noun a difficult problem
  15. cryptic
    adj. having a puzzling terseness; of an obscure nature; having a secret or hidden meaning
  16. equivocate
    verb be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
  17. paradox
    noun (logic) a statement that contradicts itself
  18. patent
    adj. affording free passage; clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment; noun a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention; verb make open to sight or notice; obtain a patent for; grant rights to; grant a patent for
  19. perspicacity
    noun the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions; intelligence manifested by being astute
  20. rudimentary
    adj. being in the earliest stages of development; not fully developed in mature animals; being or involving basic facts or principles
  21. commodious
    adj. large and roomy
  22. finite
    adj. bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent
  23. gamut
    noun a complete extent or range; the entire scale of musical notes
  24. incalcuable
    adj. not capable of being computed or enumerated
  25. iota
    noun the 9th letter of the Greek alphabet; a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
  26. lofty
    adj. of imposing height; especially standing out above others; of high moral value
  27. magnitude
    noun the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small); relative importance; a number assigned to the ratio of two quantities
  28. miniscule
    adj. very small
  29. picayune
    adj. (informal) small and of little importance
  30. vestige
    noun an indication that something has been present
Card Set:
Vocabulary Terms 211 - 240
2011-05-18 21:58:27
Vocabulary English Language

AP Vocabulary words
Show Answers: