American Literature and Composition Unit 13 vocabulary

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BHS Sweeney

collate

verb, to compare critically in order to note differences, similarities, etc.; to arrange in order for some specific purpose

foment

verb, to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm

abet

verb, to encourage, assist (especially in something wrong)

encumber

verb, to weigh down or burden; to fill up, block, hinder

connoisseur

noun, an expert; one who is well qualified to pass critical judgments, especially in one of the fine arts

blatant

adjective, noise in a coarse, offensive way; obvious or conspicuous, especially in an unfavorable sense

disconsolate

adjective, deeply unhappy or dejected without hope, beyond consolation

buttress

verb, to support, prop up, strengthen; noun, a supporting structure

aver

verb, to affirm, declare confidently

carousal

noun, noisy revelry or merry making (often with a suggestion of heavy drinking)

broach

verb, to break the surface of the water, to turn sideways to the wind and waves; to bring up or begin to talk about; to announce; to pierce in order to draw off liquid; noun, a spit for roasting

nonplussed

adjective & participle, puzzled, not knowing what to do, at a loss

prolific

adjective, abundantly productive; abundant, profuse

opportune

adjective, suitable or convenient for a particular purpose; occurring at an appropriate time

incontrovertible

adjective, unquestionable, beyond dispute

grisly

adjective, frightful, horrible, ghastly

rejoinder

noun, a reply to a reply, especially from the defendant in a legal suit

predilection

noun, a liking, preference

magniloquent

adjective, expressed in loft or high-flown language

inauspicious

adjective, unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future

impassive

adjective, showing no feeling or emotion

herculean

adjective, relating to Hercules; characterized by great strength;

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