Vocab Unit 12

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Vocab Unit 12
2011-06-04 17:31:21

Unit 12 Quiz
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  1. absolve
    (v) to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt
  2. caricature
    (n) a representation in which the subject's characteristic features are exaggerated deliberately; (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. continguous
    (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 in 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 understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in
  11. incisive
    (adj) sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)
  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 a new language
  15. politic
    (adj) prudent, shrewdly concieved and developed; artful, expedient
  16. prosaic
    (adj) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic
  17. redundant
    (adj) extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush
  18. sanctimonious
    (adj) making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou
  19. scintillating
    (adj) sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brillant (applied to mental or personal qualities)
  20. winsome
    (adj) charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)