Lesson 21 -- Flashcards


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equivocateaudio_icon.gifto use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead
superfluousaudio_icon.gif1. unnecessary; 2. being more than is sufficient or required

commensurateaudio_icon.gif1. having the same measure; 2. corresponding in amount, magnitude, or degree
malevolenceaudio_icon.gifevil intent
anthropomorphicaudio_icon.gifAttribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena
captiousaudio_icon.gifeasily notices and makes much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please.
neologismaudio_icon.gifnew word
maledictionaudio_icon.gifa curse
incredulousaudio_icon.gifSkeptical; disbelieving
monomaniaaudio_icon.gifobsession with one thing
speciousaudio_icon.gif1. false; 2. Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious
excoriateaudio_icon.gifTo express strong disapproval of; to denounce
prototypeaudio_icon.gifthe original or model on which something is based or formed
xenophobiaaudio_icon.giffear of foreigners
benedictionaudio_icon.gifblessing; an expression of good wishes
amorphousaudio_icon.giflacking definite form; having no specific shape; formless, shapeless
preponderanceaudio_icon.gifsuperiority in weight, power, numbers, etc.; bulk
magnanimousaudio_icon.gifgreat-minded; courageously noble in mind and heart