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Week 10-12

English 12 Vocab

TermDefinition
ascribe to assign (as a cause); to attribute; to think of as coming from or belonging to someone
elegy a sad or mournful poem or song, often about someone who is dead
engender to bring into being; to produce; to cause
hackneyed used too often; stale from overuse; trite; clich├ęd
homily a sermon, especially on something in the Bible; a long, often dull, moralizing talk or writing
humdrum without variety or excitement; monotonous; commonplace
idiosyncrasy a personal peculiarity that is an identifying trait; a quirk
inconsequential unimportant; petty; trivial
introvert a person who looks inward; a shy, quiet person
paragon a model of excellence or perfection; a perfect example of something.
aberration a departure from the usual course; a deviation; an abnormal development
adjudge to decree or decide by law; to pass sentence
candor openness; saying what one really thinks; frankness; impartiality
corroborate to support or strengthen an idea or a statement; to attest to the truth of; to confirm
dearth a scarcity, as of food; a lack; too small a supply of something
diurnal occurring every day; daily; occurring during the daytime
herculean extremely demanding or difficult; requiring or having great courage or strength, like that possessed by Hercules
ludicrous amusingly absurd; ridiculous
retrospect a contemplation or survey of things that happened in the past
salient standing out; easily seen or noticed; conspicuous; noticeable; prominent
artifice a skill; a clever device; a sly or artful trick; trickery
augury the practice of foretelling the future from signs and omens; an omen or sign
captivate to catch the attention of, by beauty or excellence; to enchant; to charm; to attract
chicanery the use of clever talk or trickery to deceive or evade
configuration the position of parts or elements of something; a shape; an outline
deduce to infer by reasoning; to conclude from known facts and principles
extant still in existence; not extinct, lost, or destroyed
proponent a person who supports a cause or idea; someone who makes a proposition; an advocate
refute to prove that someone or something is false or incorrect; to disprove
scrupulous giving strict attention to what is right or proper; exact and careful
Created by: mycookie