AP English 11 - Vocab 3

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censure

n. the act of blaming or condemning

chastise

v. to criticize severely

chronic

adj. constant, lasting a long time

circumspect

adj. careful, thought through

clemency

n. disposition towards mercy, mildness

clique

n. an exclusive group

coalesce

v. to come together as one, to fuse or unite

coherent

adj. making sense, organized and logical

bulwark

n. something used as a defense, a strong protection

cache

n. a hiding place, something hidden in a secret place

callous

adj. unfeeling and insensitive

candor

adj. truthfulness, great honesty, frankness

capitulate

v. to surrender, to stop resisting

catharsis

n. an emotional purification, an emotional release

caustic

adj. biting in humor

obliterate

v. to blot out leaving no traces, to destroy

obscure

adj. unclear, vague, partially hidden, hard to understand

obviate

v. to make unnecessary, to avert, to preclude

odious

adj. hateful, evil, vile

odyssey

n. a long difficult journey marked by changes in fortune

ogle

v. to stare at in a disrespectful way

oligarchy

n. a government in which the power is in the hands of only a few

opaque

adj. difficult to see through, unclear, dark

nemesis

n. a powerful rival, a usually unconquerable opponent

nomadic

adj. without a permanent home, constantly wandering

nominal

adj. insignificant, trifling, in name only

novel

adj. new, original

nuance

n. a subtle distinction, a slight difference in definition

nullify

v. to repeal, cancel, render void

opportunist

n. a person who takes advantage of opportunity with no regard for principle

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