AP English Pre-test Vocab

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hitherto

until now or until the in time under discussion

countenance

a person's face or facial expression

sensibility

the ability to appreciate and respond to complex emotional or aesthetic influences; sensitivity

mien

a person's look or manner, esp. one of a particular kind indicating their character or mood

genteel

polite, refined, or respectable, often in an affected or ostentatious way

prudery

to claim to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity

candour

the quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness

veracity

conformity to facts; accuracy

indiscriminately

done at random or without careful judgement

ogle

stare at in a lecherous manner

render

provide (a service)

adorn

make more beautiful or attractive

procure

obtain (something), esp. with care or effort

looking-glass

mirror

attributes

regard something as being caused by (someone or something)

discern

perceive or recognize (something)

assertion

a confident and forceful statement of fact or belief

forthright

(of a person or their manner or speech) direct and outspoken; straightforward and honest

prowess

skill or expertise in a particular activity or field

correlation

a mutual relationship or connection between two or more things

discursive

digressing from subject to subject

laconic

using very few words

feigned

pretended to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury)

flippant

no showing a serious or respectful attitude

whimsical

playfully quaint or fanciful, esp. in an appealing and amusing way

pretentious

attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed

contemptuous

showing contempt; scornful

equinoctial

happening at or near the time of an equinox

inscrutable

impossible to understand or interpret

reproachful

expressing disapproval or disappointment

elegiac

having a mournful quality

disdain

the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect; contempt

curate

a member of a clergy engaged as assistant to a vicar, rector, or parish priest

sentiment

a view of or attitude toward a situation or event; an opinion

betake

to take

thereto

to that or that place

rector

a member of the clergy who has charge of a parish

wherewithal

the money or other means needed for a particular purpose

surplice

a loose white linen vestment varying from hip-length to calf-length, worn over a cassock by clergy, acolytes, and choristers at Christian church services

nonplus

surprise and confuse (someone) so much that they are unsure how to react

raiment

clothing

regale

entertain or amuse (someone) with talk

eminence

fame or recognized superiority, esp. within a particular sphere or profession

proliferation

rapid increase in numbers

austerity

sternness or severity of manner or attitude

degenerate

having lost the physical, mental, or moral qualities considered normal and desirable; showing evidence of decline

rectitude

morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness

promulgated

promoted or made widely known

whorled

a coil or ring, in particular

nascent

just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential

acuity

sharpness or keenness of thought, vision, or hearing

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