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37 Cards in this Set

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allege
to assert without proof or before proving
attribution
the act of establishing a particular person as the creator of a work of art or criticism
banal
drearily commonplace and often predictable
boilerplate
formulaic, or stereotypical language
Busman's holiday
spending one’s day off doing the same thing he or she does for a living
chasm
a deep, steep-sided opening in the earth’s surface; an abyss or gorge
coagulate
to gather together or form into a mass
collaborate
to work together, especially in an intellectual effort
dapper
neatly dressed; stylish
decry
to condemn openly
dollop
an indefinite quantity, especially of something liquid
enshrine
to preserve or cherish as sacred
exposé
a disclosure of something discreditable
extremist
one who argues for or engages in measures beyond what is normally accepted
falsetto
an artificially high voice
gamut
a complete range or series
genealogy
the study of ancestry and family histories
grotesque
departing significantly from the natural, the expected, or the typical
harrowing
extremely upsetting; agonizing
interval
the amount of time between two specified events
memoir
an account of the personal experiences of an author
meticulous
extremely careful and precise
monopoly
exclusive control of the means of producing or selling a commodity or service
mordent
in music, a melodic ornament in which a principal tone is rapidly alternated with the tone a half or full step below
narcissism
excessive love or admiration of oneself
neurology
the medical science that deals with the nervous system and disorders affecting it
paraphrase
to restate a text or passage in another form or other words
peritonitis
inflammation of the lining of the abdomen
plagiarize
to steal and pass off another person’s ideas or words as one’s own
saccharine
excessively sentimental
sanctity
the quality or state of being holy or sacred
savvy
well informed and perceptive; shrewd
sonata
a musical composition for one or more solo instruments usually consisting of three or four independent movements varying in key, mood, and tempo
taper
a small or very slender candle
tatters
torn into shreds; ragged
verbatim
using exactly the same words
vigilant
alertly watchful, especially to avoid danger