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critical reading vocabulary

QuestionAnswer
Abhor hate
Bigot narrow-minded, prejudiced person
Counterfeit fake; false
Enfranchise give voting rights
Hamper hinder; obstruct
Kindle to start a fire
Noxious harmful; poisonous; lethal
Placid calm; peaceful
Remuneration payment for work done
Talisman lucky charm
Abrasive rough; coarse; harsh
Bilk cheat; defraud
Covert hidden; undercover
Engender cause
Hangar storage area (like garage) for a plane
Knotty complex; difficult to solve
Nuance something subtle; a fine shade of meaning
Plagiarism taking credit for someone else's writing or ideas
Renown fame
Tangent going off the main subject
Abasement humiliation; degradation
Billowing swelling; fluttering; waving
Cower recoil in fear or servility; shrink away from
Enhance improve; make better or clearer
Harangue noisy, attacking speech
Labyrinth a maze
Nullify to counter; make unimportant
Plaintiff petitioner (in court of law)
Replete full
Tangible can be touched
Abrogate cancel; deny; repeal
Blasphemy speech which offends religious sentiments
Credible believable
Enigma puzzle; mystery
Harbingers indicators; bringers of warnings
Labyrinthine complicated; highly convoluted
Nuzzle cuddle; snuggle
Plaudit statement giving strong praise
Reprehensible shameful; very bad
Tardy slow; late; overdue; delayed
Absolution forgiveness; pardon; release
Blatant obvious
Creditable praiseworthy
Ensconce establish firmly in a position
Hasten hurry; accelerate; rush
Laceration a cut
Obdurate stubborn
Plausible can be believed; reasonable
Reprieve a respite; postponement of a sentence
Tawdry of little value; gaudy
Abstain desist; go without; withdraw
Blighted damaged; destroyed; ruined
Blighted damaged; destroyed; ruined
Credulous gullible; ready to believe anything
Enshroud cover
Haughtiness arrogance; pride
Lachrymose tearful; sad
Obfuscate deliberately make something difficult to understand
Plethora an excess
Repudiate shun; eschew
Tedium boredom
Abstemious self denying; refraining from indulging
Blithe free-spirited; carefree
Crepuscular active at dawn and dusk
Enunciation clear pronunciation; accent; articulation
Headstrong stubborn; willful
Lackluster dull; monotonous; bland
Objective unbiased; not subjective
Pliable flexible; not stubborn
Rescind retract; repeal
Temper to moderate; soften
Abstruse difficult to understand; obscure
Blunderbuss 1. ancient weapon (type of gun); 2. a clumsy person
Cringe recoil; flinch; shy away
Envenom to cause bitterness and bad feeling
Hedonism self indulgence; pleasure-seeking
Laconic using few words; brief; to the point
Oblique indirect; slanting
Plumage feathers of a bird
Resignation acceptance of fate
Tenacious stubborn; resolute; holding firm to a purpose
Accolade tribute; honor; praise
Bolster support; prop up
Cryptic puzzling; enigmatic
Ephemeral short-lived
Hedonist a pleasure seeker
Lamentation expression of regret or sorrow
Obliterate destroy; demolish; eradicate
Plummet fall suddenly and steeply
Resolution determination
Tentative not certain
Acquiesce to agree to; give in to
Bombast arrogant, pompous language
Curtail cut short
Epicure someone who appreciates good food and drink
Heed listen to
Lampoon ridicule; spoof
Oblivious totally unaware
Podium raised platform
Resonant echoing
Tenuous flimsy; not solid
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