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Unit 12 Vocab

clangor a loud ringing sound (v) to make a loud ringing noise (n) din, clamor, uproar (n) silence, stillness, peace and quiet
contiguous side by side, touching; near; adjacent in time abutting, next door to detached, apart, distant, remote
cupidity an eager desire for some; greed avarice, rapacity, craving, lust contentment, satiety, gratification
deleterious harmful, injurious detrimental, destructive, pernicious,damaging helpful, beneficial, harmless, innocuous
enhance to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability improve, elevate diminish, degrade
enthrall to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison fascinate, attract bore to tears, repel
extenuate to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuse moderate, mitigate, diminish, downplay intensify, magnified, worsen, exacerbate
implicite implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in inferred, tacit, unspoken, unconditional explicit, expressed, stated, revealed
incisive sharp,keen, penetrating (with suggestion of decisive and effectiveness) acute, cutting, percertive
inimical tending to cause harm or obstruct developments,; being oppositional or adverse unfriendly, hostile, antagonistic, contrary friendly, hospitable, kind
ostentacious marked by conspicuous or pretentious display,showy flashy, overdone, affected, flamboyant modest, plain, simple, demure, retiring
paragon a model of excellence or perfection ideal, paradigm, model, good example
politic prudent, shrewdly, conceived and developed; artful, expedient tactful, diplomatic, judicious, circumspected unwise, injudicious, imprudent, rash
prosaic dull lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic, not poetic literal, pedestrian, remarkable, poetic
redundant extra, excess, more than is needed, wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush unnecessary, superfluous, verbose, prolix terse, laconic, scarce, inadequate
sanctimonious making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou heartfelt, sincere, humble
scintillating sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities) stimulating, glittering dull, boring, insipid
winsome charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence) winning, delightful, prepossing unattractive, unappealing, repulsive
absolve to clear from blame, responsibility or guilt acquit, exonerate vindicate, excuse, pardon condemn,convict, incriminate, inculpate
caricature a representation, such as a drawing, that exaggerates a subjects characteristic features; (v) to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way (n) cartoon, burlesque, lampoon
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