Vocabulary Workshop, F/12


Vocabulary Workshop, Level F, Unit 12
  
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caricature
 
a representation (especially a drawing) in which the subject's characteristic features are deliberately exaggerated / to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way
clangor
 
a loud ringing sound / to make a loud ringing noise
contiguous
 
side by side, touching; near; adjacent in time
cupidity
 
an eager desire for something; greed
deleterious
 
harmful, injurious
enhance
 
to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of
enthrall
 
to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison
extenuate
 
to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses
implicit
 
implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in
incisive
 
sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)
ostentatious
 
marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy
paragon
 
a model of excellence or perfection
paraphrase
 
to restate in other words / a statement that presents a given idea in a new language
politic
 
prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient
prosaic
 
dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic
redundant
 
extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush
sanctimonious
 
making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou
scintillating
 
sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)
winsome
 
charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)
absolve
 
to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt

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