AP Language "At the Bell" Words- Quarter 2

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26 terms · For those of us enjoying the studies of Mrs. Davis' APLAC....

assuage

(v.) to relieve or ease

pervade

(v.) to spread or be abundant throughout

capricious

(adj.) whimsical, tending to sudden change of mind or action

vagary

(n.) an odd or eccentric idea or action

casuistry

(n.) fallacious or dishonest reasoning

calumny

(n.) a slander with deliberate intent

pernicious

(adj.) highly injurious, destructive

exculpatory

(adj.) tending to clear from a charge of guilt

mercurial

(adj.) changeable, fickle, flighty

aberration

(n.) deviation from the normal course or type; abnormality

vaunted

(adj.) boasted or bragged about

myriad

(n. or adj.) innumerable

vociferous

(adj.) marked by crying out noisily

allay

(v.) to relieve, calm, alleviate

sublimate

(v.) to express socially unacceptable impulses in socially accepted forms

precursor

(n.) a forerunner, something that precedes

cursory

(adj.) hasty, superficial, gone or rapidly

thwart

(v.) to oppose successfully, to frustrate

convoluted

(adj.) twisted or winding

commensurate

(adj.) proportionate or equal in measure

incongruous

(adj.) unsuitable, inappropriate, out of keeping

guile

(n.) deceit, cunning

arrogate

(v.) to claim presumptuously; to take without right

formidable

(adj.) causing fear or dread; hard to deal with

audacious

(adj.) extremely daring or fearless

recalcitrant

(adj.) resisting authority, not compliant

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