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  1. ACT/SAT Vocabulary Unit 12

  2. Absolve • (v) to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt • Syn: acquit, exonerate • Ant: condemn, incriminate

  3. 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. • Syn: cartoon, parody

  4. *Clangor • (n) a loud ringing sound; (v) to make a loud ringing noise • Syn: din, clamor • Ant: silence, peace

  5. *Contiguous • (adj) side by side, touching; near; adjacent in time and/or space • Syn: adjoining, abutting • Ant: detached, remote

  6. Cupidity • (n) an eager desire for something; greed • Syn: rapacity, craving • Ant: generosity, contentment

  7. Deleterious • (adj) harmful, injurious • Syn: detrimental, destructive • Ant: beneficial, innocuous

  8. Enhance (v) to raise to higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of • Syn: magnify, elevate • Ant: diminish, degrade

  9. *Enthrall • (v) to captivate, charm, hold spellbound • Syn: fascinate, attract • Ant: bore, repel

  10. Extenuate • (v) to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses • Syn: moderate, downplay • Ant: aggravate, exacerbate

  11. *Implicit • (adj) implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in • Syn; inferred, unspoken • Ant: explicit, stated

  12. Incisive • (adj) sharp, keen, penetrating (with suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness) • Syn: acute, perceptive

  13. Ostentatious • (adj) marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy • Syn: flashy, flamboyant • Ant: plain, simple

  14. Paragon • (n) a model of excellence or perfection • Syn: exemplar, paradigm

  15. Paraphrase • (v) to restate in other words; (n) a statement that presents a given idea in a new language • Syn; reword, rephrase • Ant: verbatim, duplicate

  16. Politic • (adj) prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient • Syn: tactful, diplomatic • Ant: imprudent, rash

  17. Prosaic • (adj) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter- of- fact, straight forward; characteristic of prose, not poetic • Syn: commonplace, pedestrian • Ant: remarkable, distinctive

  18. Redundant • (adj) extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush • Syn: unnecessary, superfluous • Ant: succinct, terse

  19. *Sanctimonious • (adj) making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou • Ant: heartfelt, humble

  20. *Scintillating • (adj) sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities – NOT PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTE) • Syn: stimulating, lively • Ant: boring, insipid

  21. *Winsome • (adj) charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence) • Syn: engaging, delightful • Ant: unattractive, repulsive