American Literature Vocabulary IV

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BHS Palmer 2010

futile

hopeless, useless

condone

to forgive or overlook an offense

tranquility

calmness

dissent

disagreement

conciliate

to reconcile, to pacify, to renew a friendship

incessant

unceasing

disparity

inequality; difference

disparage

to speak of negatively; to belittle

conventional

ordinary, common; customary; unexceptional

rigor

harshness or severity

profuse

flowing freely; generous, excessive, extravagant

expedient

useful for some purpose; convenient

fastidious

not easy to please; overly critical

prosaic

banal, commonplace; uninspired; dull

philanthropy

desire to help mankind

languid

slow, sluggish, listless, weak

astute

perceptive, clever

authentic

real, genuine

brevity

briefness

relevant

important; pertinent

incoherent

impossible to understand, chaotic

mitigate

make less severe or harsh

reprehensible

shameful; very bad

augment

to add, increase; to make bigger

engender

to create, produce

deride (derision)

To ridicule, make fun of...

acclaim

Praise, applaud;admiration

lethargic

tired, without energy, languid, weak

fanatic

one who is extremely devoted to a cause or idea

novel

new; original -- unusual

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