Vocabulary for A.P. Lit and Comp

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Wry

Adj.: Cleverly or grimly humorous

Lachrymose

Adj.: Tearful/mournful

Denouement

N.: Final resolution

Traduce

V.: To cause humiliation/disgrace by malicious comments.

Gynarchy

N.: Government run by women.

Ambience

N.: Atmosphere or mood.

Sententious

Adj.: Pompously or excessively moralizing.

Vindicate

V.: To establish innocence or clear of blame.

Dispassionate

Adj.: Not influenced by strong feelings

Picaresque

Adj.: Relating to rogues or rascals

Truculent

Adj.: Seethingly harsh

Ineffable

Adj.: Indescribable, unspeakable

Efficacy

N.: The power to produce an effect

Pristine

Adj.: Unspoiled, in its original condition

Ribald

Adj.: Coarsely humorous, vulgar

Expunge

V.: To remove, delete, erase

Insouciant

Adj.: carefree, unconcerned

Epistolary

Adj.: in the style or form of letters

Courtesan

N.: mistress of a wealthy man

Panegyric

N.: formal or elaborate praise

Temerity

N.: rashness, imprudence

Petulance

N.: Impatience, irritability

Pastoral

Adj.: of or relating to the countryside

Sycophant

N.: flatterer, toady

Pragmatic

Adj.: practical

Placate

V.: to pacify

Simian

Adj.: ape-like

Incipient

Adj.: beginning (stage)

Phantasmagoria

N.: shifting of imaginary to real figures in a dream

Obdurate

Adj.: stubborn

Abet

V.: to encourage or assist

Specious

Adj.: plausible but wrong

Tableaux

N.: picturesque presentation

Parsimony

N.: Stinginess

Enervation

N.: Weakness

Avarice

N.: Extreme greed

Craven

Adj.: Cowardly

Usurp

V.: to seize wrongfully

Recalcitrant

Adj.: obstinately disobedient

Enmity

N.: state of being an enemy

Misogyny

N.: hatred of women

Gregarious

Adj.: fond of company

Lugubrious

Adj.: mournful, dismal

Paean

N.: joyous hymn or song, tribute of thanksgiving

Perspicacious

Adj.: keen, of mental vision or discernment

Droll

Adj.: having an oddly whimsical sense of humor

Filial

Adj.: of or due a son or daughter

Perfidious

Adj.: traitorous

Debase

V.: to lower in value or quality

Ascetic

N.: a person who practices severe self-discipline

Torpor

N.: sluggishness, apathy

Ubiquitous

Adj.: present everywhere

Stygian

Adj.: dark, gloomy

Travail

N.: painful effort, toil

Remonstrate

V.: to say or plead in protest/rebuke

Lament

V.: express grief

Castigate

V.: to subject os severe punishment, reproof, or criticism

Catalyst

N.: an agent that provokes a significant change

Apprise

V.: to give notice to, tell inform

Enigma

N.: puzzle or paradox

Insipid

Adj.: Dull

Trenchant

Adj.: Cutting, incisive (language)

Rapacious

Adj.: Grasping, predatory

Salient

Adj.: Prominent

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