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Level F Vocab.

Unit 12

QuestionAnswer
absolve (v.) to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt
caricature (n.) a representation (especially a drawing) in which the subject's characteristic features are deliberately exaggerated; (v.) to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way
clangor (n.) a loud ringing sound; (v.) to make a loud ringing noise
contiguous (adj.) side by side, touching; near; adjacent in time
cupidity (n.) an eager desire for something; greed
deleterious (adj.) harmful, injurious
enhance (v.) to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of
enthrall (v.) to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison
extenuate (v.) to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses
implicit (adj.) implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in
incisive (adj.) sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)
ostentatious (adj.) marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy
paragon (n.) a model of excellence or perfection
paraphrase (v.) to restate in other words; (n.) a statement that presents a given idea in new language
politic (adj.) prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient
prosaic (adj.) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic
redundant (adj.) extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush
sanctimonious (adj.) making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou
scintillating (adj.) sparking, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)
winsome (adj.) charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence
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