AP Lit Vocab 2

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accost

(V) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way

animadversion

(n) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

avid

(adj) desirous of something to the point of greed

brackish

(adj) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink

celerity

(n) swiftness, rapidity or motion or action

devious

(adj) straying or wandering from a strait or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way

gambit

(n) in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type; any strategic move of tricking the opponent

halcyon

(adj) calm, peaceful, happy, golden, prosperous affluent

histrionic

(adj) pertaining to actors and their techniques: theatrical; artificial; melodramatic

incendiary

(adj.)deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion (n) one who deliberately sets fires,arsonist; one who causes strife

maelstrom

(n) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction

myopic

(adj) nearsighted; lacking a broad realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment. only thinking about the present, not the future

overt

(adj)open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized

pejorative

(adj)tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belitting

propriety

(n) the state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl)standards of what is proper or socially acceptable

sacrilege

(n) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

summarily

(adv) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely

suppliant

(adj)asking humbly and earnestly; (n) one who makes a request humbly and ea, a petitioner, suitor

talisman

(n) an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish

undulate

(v)to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form

articulate

(v) to pronounce distinctly, to express well in words; to connect by a joint or joints; (adj) expressed clearly and forcefully, jointed

cavort

(v) to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry

credence

(n) belief, mental acceptance

decry

(v) to condemn, express strong disapproval, to officially depreciate

dissemble

(v) to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression

distraught

(adj) very much agitated or upset as a result of emotional mental conflict

eulogy

(n) a formal statement of commendation; high praise

evince

(v) to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke

exhume

(v)to remove from a grave; to bring to light

feckless

(adj) lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak, irresponsible unreliable

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