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Week 22

1

truncated

shortened; cut off

The file Chris downloaded from the Internet was truncated; the end of it was missing.

2

aesthetic

having to do with the appreciation of beauty.

The arrangement of paintings in the museum was due to aesthetic considerations; as long as the paintings looked good together, it didn’t matter who painted them or when they were painted.

3

anthology

a collection of literary pieces

This anthology contains all of William Shakespeare’s sonnets, but none of his plays.

4

contemporary

current, modern; from the same time

Contemporary music is very different from the music of the 1920s.

Pocahontas and William Shakespeare were contemporaries; they lived during the same time, though not in the same place.

5

dilettante

one with an amateurish or superficial understanding of a field of knowledge

You can’t trust Betsy’s opinion because she’s just a dilettante who doesn’t understand the subtleties of the painting.

6

eclectic

made up of a variety of sources or styles

Lou’s taste in music is eclectic; he listens to everything from rap to polka.

7

excerpt

a selected part of a passage or scene

We read an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet in which Juliet says, “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

8

genre

describing a category of artistic endeavor

Gene enjoyed only science-fiction movies; in fact, he never went to see anything that was not in that genre.