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25 terms · American Literature II Vocabulary list

Assuage

v. softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable -- cool breezes assuaged the heat.

Coalesce

v. to unite for a common end: join forces -- people with different points of view coalesce into opposing factions.

Dissuade

v. to advise (a person) against something; to turn from something by persuasion

Latent

adj. present and capable of becoming though not now visible, obvious or active

Mettle

n. quality of temperament or disposition -- gentlemen of brave mettle.

Nebulous

adj. indistinct, vague

Perspicacious

adj. of acute mental vision or discernment; keen, sharp

Scurrilous

adj. containing obscenities, abus, or slander -- Scurrilous charges filled the politician's campaign.

Tumult

n. violent agitation of mind or feelings; a violent outburst

Alacrity

n. promptness in response; cheerful readiness -- I accepted the invitation to my best friend's birthday party with alacrity.

Vagary

n. stresses the erratic, irresponsible character of a notion/desire -- He was prone to strange vagaries.

Eschew

v. to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds

Fatuous

adj. complacently or inanely foolish; silly

Misconstrue

v. to mistake the meaning of; misinterpret

Preclude

v. to make impossible by necessary consequence; to rule out in advance

Pummel

v. to pound, to beat

Wry

adj. cleverly and often ironically or grimly humorous

Atrophy

n. a wasting away or progressive decline; degeneration -- the atrophy of freedom.

Castigate

v. to subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism

Encumber

v. to impede or hamper the function or activity of; to hinder

Fortuitous

adj. occurring by chance; fortunate; lucky: inadvertent

Heinous

adj. hatefully or shockingly evil; abominable

Proselytize

v. to recruit or convert especially to a new faith, institution, or cause

Renege

v. to go back on a promise or commitment

Vacillate

v. to waver in mind, will, or feeling: hesitate in choice of opinions or courses

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