AP English Literature Academic Vocabulary (Words 121-140)

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servile

slavishly submissive or sycophantic; fawning

resolve

v. to come to a definite or earnest decision (to do something)
n. firmness of purpose or intent

virulent

intensely bitter, spiteful, or malicious; acerbic

aesthetic

relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations; artistic or relating to good taste

diligent

constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything

guile

insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

incessant

continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending

infamous

having an extremely bad reputation

excoriate

to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally; to strip off or remove the skin from

euphony

agreeableness of sound; pleasing effect to the ear, especially a pleasant sounding or harmonious combination or succession of words

depravity

the state or an instance of moral corruption

seven deadly sins

Widely known as sins that lead to damnation. The currently recognized list includes wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.

oxymoron

A rhetorical device in which two seemingly contradictory words are used together for effect

deus ex machina

1. (in ancient Greek and Roman drama) a god introduced into a play to resolve the entanglements of the plot.
2. any artificial or improbable device resolving the difficulties of a plot.

curmudgeon

a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person

milquetoast

a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated

cliche

a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse

picaresque

of or relating to a type of fiction in which the hero, a rogue, goes through a series of episodic adventures

bathos

in art, excessive or trivial sentimentality; an abrupt transition in style from the elevated to the commonplace, producing a laughable effect

scansion

the analysis and visual representation of a poem's metrical pattern

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