Snyder AP English 1st Semester Final

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578 terms · This should have everything Snyder could have on the final. 578 words, some are repeated. Good luck!

exodus

a departure, usually of large numbers of people

exotic

foreign; charmingly unfamiliar or strikingly unusualy

expedient

(adj) advantageous to one's interests
(n) an emergency course of action; a means to an end

exploit

(v) to use to the greatest possible advantage, offen selfishly
(n) a brilliant or heroic deed

expound

to explain in detail

fabricate

a. to assemble or construct
b. to make up with the intention of deceiving

facetious

not meant seriously; playful or humorous

facsimile

(n) an exact copy
(adj) reproduced exactly

fallacy

a. faulty reasoning; an error in logic
b. a false or mistaken notion

fathom

(n) a unit of length roughly equal to six feet and used primarily in teh measurement of marine depths
(v) to get to the bottom of; to understand

fatuous

unconsciously foolish, stupid, or absurd

feasible

possible; both doable and workable

feign

to pretend or give a false appearance of

felicitous

agreeably suited to the purpose or occasion; aptly or gracefully expressed

fetish

a. an object belied among primitive peoples ot have magical powers
b. an object of unreasonably excessive attention or reverence

fiasco

a complete and ridiculous failure

fickle

likely to change for no apparent reason; inconstant

filch

to steal slyly; especially small things

finesse

(n) skill, delicacy, or sublety in doing something or handling a situation
(v) to accomplish by subtle or skillful maneuvering

flagrant

extremely and deliberately conspicuous; glaring

flaunt

to show off in a conspicuous or offensive way

flout

to treat openly with scorn or contempt

fluctuate

to change continually from one position to another

foible

a minor, often amusing, fault or weakness in character

forestall

to secure an advantage or prevent a loss by pervious action

formidable

a. arousing fear or admiration because of the unusual size or superiority of the thing involved
b. difficult to do because of the size of the job involved

fortuitous

occurring by chance or accident

frugal

a. thrifty or econonomical in the use of money
b. involving little expense; meager

fulsome

excessive and, for that reason, offensive to good taste and obviously insincere

futile

incapable of producing the desired result; unsuccessful or ineffective

gape

to stare open-mouthed in amazement; to open wide

garble

to distort in such a way as to make unintelligible

gloat

to regard with excessive or malicious satisfaction

goad

(n) a long pointed stick used for driving animals; anything that spurs a person on
(v) to drive or urge on

graphic

a. relating to a drawn or pictorial representation; visual
b. giving a clear and effective picture; vivid

gratuitous

a. freely given; done without recompense
b. uncalled-for; unjustified

gregarious

a. tending to form or move in a herd or other group; social
b. enjoying the company of others

grimace

(n) a twisted facial expression indicating pain, disgust, or disapproval
(v) to contort the features of the face in order to indicate pain, digust, or disapproval

grope

to feel around uncertainly for

grueling

extremely demanding and exhausting

gruesome

causing great shock, horror, and repugnance

gullible

easily cheated or deceived

haggard

worn and exhausted from anxiety, disease, hunger, or fatigue

harangue

(n) a long emotional publich adress designed to arouse strong feelings or spur the audience on to action; a similar piece of writing
(v) to deliver a harangue

harbringer

(n) a forerunner
(v) to hearld the approach of

haughty

scornfully superior and aloof

heinous

grossly wicked or vile

ignominy

dishonor or disgrace usually resulting from some sort of shameful conduct

illicit

unlawful, illegal

immaculate

entierly free of stain, blemish, fault, or error; spotless

immunity

exemption frmo something, expecially a disease

immutable

not subject to change or modification

impasse

a deadlock or dead end

impediment

a hindrance or obstruction

impervious

incapable of being penetrated or affected

implacable

incapable of veing pacified or appeased; inflexible

implicit

a. understood, implied
b. absolute, unquestioning

impugn

to call into question; to cast doubt on

incarcerate

to put in jail or otherwise confine

incense

to make violently angry

inception

the beginning of something

indigent

impoverished; needy

ingenious

showing remarkable originality, imagination, inventiveness, or skill; clever

inherent

existing as a natural or essential part of

innovation

somethign new; a change

insitgate

to stir up or urge on

insuperable

incapable of being overcome

intervene

to come between; to involv3e oneself in

intrepid

fearless and bold

inveigh

to protest bitterly or vehemently

irony

incongruity between what might be expected and what actually happens

jeopardize

to endanger

jettison

to throw overboard; to discard

judicious

having or exhibiting sound judgement

justify

to show to be just, right, vaild, or free of blame

kudos

the presitge or acclain that results from some noteworthy achievement or position

lackadaisical

sorely lacking in spirit, energy, or purpose

legacy

something left to a peroson in a will; something handed down from the past

liability

a. a debt or obligation, especially of a financial nature
b. a hindrance or handicap

libel

(n) a public statement or picture that damages a person by falsely impugning his or her character, motives, or actions, or by unjustly exposing the person to public censure or ridicule
(v) to slander publicly

litigation

legal action; a lawsuit

lucid

clear and intelligible to the understanding; mentally competent

lucrative

profitable

lurk

to sneak; to lie hidden or in wait

lush

a. luxuriant, plentiful; luxurious, opulent
b. overelaborate or overripe

malapropism

an unconscious and usually ludicrous misuse of a word

malice

a desire to cause harm or suffering; deep-seated ill will

mammoth

(n) an extinct form of elephant; a giant or colossus
(adj) gigantic

mandatory

required, obligatory

medium

the means by which some goal is achieved or the person through whom it is realized

mercenary

(n) a hireling, especially a hired professional soldier
(adj) motivated solely by a desire for material gain

moot

(adj) debatable and therefore unresolved
(v) to bring up for discussion

morass

a swamp or bog; a confused or degrading situation that is difficult to get out of

motley

(n) a kind of multicolored cloth; a garment made from this cloth, especially the costume worn by a court jester or clown
(adj) multicolored cloth; diverse or varied

mundane

wordly (as opposed to spiritual); humdrum or everyday

myriad

countless, innumerable

narcissistic

dominated by an excessive love or admiration of oneself

nebulous

hazy, vague, or indistinct

negligible

too small to be significant

nepotism

unwarranted favoritism show to relatives or friends by someone in high office

nomadic

wandering, roving

nominal

a. existing in name only
b. insignificantly small

nostalgia

a longing to return to a sentimentalized past; homesickness

novice

a. a person who has just entered a religious order on a probationary basis
b. a beginner of any kind

nuance

a slight or sublte variation in meaning, expression, tone, feeling, color, or the like

obscene

offensive to accepted standards of decency; repulsive

obsequious

excessibely submissive to another person's wishes or ideas, often for purely self-interested reasons

obsession

an irrational preoccupation with an idea or feeling that usually results in severe anxiety

obsolete

no longer in use; outmoded

officious

excessively forward in offering unwanted or unnecessary help or advice; meddlesome

ominous

foreshadowing evil; menacing or threatening

opportune

sutiable, appropriate, or timely

ostensible

apparent or professed

ostracize

to banish or exclude from a group; to shun

pandemonium

general disorder, confusion, noise, and commotion

paradox

a. a seemingly self-contradictory statement that, on closer examination, proves worthy of belief
b. someone or something that is full of contradictions and inconsistenciesparaphrase

paraphrase

(v) to restate in other words or another form, often in order to clarify meaning or avoid difficulties
(n) a restatement in other words or another form

parochial

a. located in, or supported by, a parish (a type of ecclesiatical district)
b. restricted in score or range; narrow or limited

parody

(n) a comic imitation of the style, form, or content of a serious peice of work
(n) a performance that is so bad as to constitue a mockery of the thing it is intended to represent
(v) to imitate in a mocking or unworthy way

pensive

immeresed in deep, often melancholy, thought

peremptory

a. having the nature of a command in that it does not allow discussion, contradiction, or refusal
b. determined, resolute
c. offensively dictatorial

perjure

to lie deliberately while under oath to tell the truth

permeate

to spread through; to penetrate

pernicious

highly injurious or harmful

persevere

to continue steadfastly despite obsitcales or discouragment

phobia

an intense irrational fear of something; any strong aversion

plagiarism

the use of another person's writings or ideas as one's own without acknowledging their source

plaintive

sorrowful or melancholy; mournful

plethora

superabundance or excess

poignant

keenly touching or moving

precarious

dangerously insecure, unstable, or uncertain

precocious

developing unusually early

predatory

preying on, plundering, or piratical

prelude

an introductory piece of musid; anything that precedes or introduces something else

premise

(n) a statement upon which an arguement is based or from which a conclusion is drawn
(v) to state or assume as the basis for something else; to offer in advance as an explanation of, or introduction to, something else

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

abrogate

revoke formally

abstemious

marked by temperance in indulgence

acumen

shrewdness shown by keen insight

antebellum

belonging to a period before a war especially the American Civil War

auspicious

tending to favor or bring good luck

belie

represent falsely

bellicose

having or showing a ready disposition to fight

bowderlize

to remove offensive passages of a play or novel

chicanery

the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)

chromosome

a threadlike body in the cell nucleus that carries the genes in a linear order

churlish

having a bad disposition

circumlocution

an indirect way of expressing something

cirumnavigate

to sail around the world

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