Unit 12

 

1.

clangor

(n.)  a loud ringing sound; (v.)  to make a loud ringing noise.

2.

deleterious

(adj.) harmful, injurious

3.

absolve

(v.) to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt

4.

enhance

(v.) to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of

5.

caricature

(n.)  a representation (especially a drawing) in which the subjectís characteristic features are deliberately exaggerated; (v.)  to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way

6.

extenuate

(v.)  to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses

7.

contiguous

(adj.) side by side, touching; near; adjacent in time

8.

exude

(v.)  to ooze out; to discharge through the pores; to emanate (as a quality or a personal impression)

9.

implicit

(adj.)  implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in

10.

cupidity

(n.)  an eager desire for something; greed an unhappy victim of his own

11.

enthrall

(v.)  to enslave; to imprison; to captivate, charm, hold spellbound

12.

scintillating

(adj., part.)sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)

13.

redundant

(adj.)  extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush

14.

winsome

(adj.)  charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)

15.

preeminent

(adj.) superior, outstanding; prominent

16.

paragon

(n.)  a model of excellence or perfection

17.

politic

(adj.)  prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient

18.

sanctimonious

(adj.)  making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious

19.

incisive

(adj.)  sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)

20.

prosaic

(adj.)  dull, ordinary, lacking in distinction and originality; characteristic of prose, not poetic

21.

paraphrase

(v.)  to restate in other words; (n.)  a statement that presents a given idea in a new language

22.

ostentatious

(adj.)  marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy