English Exam Vocab

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jingoist

extremely aggressive and militant patriot; warlike chauvinist; N. jingoism: extreme nationalism

lothario

a successful womanizer

nemesis

an opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome

philippic

a speech of violent denunciation. a bitter verbal attack

procrustean

cruel or inflexible in enforcing conformity

protean

taking on different forms

quixotic

not sensible about practical matters

saturnine

bitter or scornful

convivial

(adj.) festive, sociable, having fun together, genial

churlish

(adj.) lacking politeness or good manners; lacking sensitivity; difficult to work with or deal with; rude

bilious

bad tempered; cross

lachrymose

given to tears or weeping; causing to shed tears; mournful, lugubrious. Sad.

avaricious

immoderately desire of acquiring wealth

craven

lacking even the rudiments of courage

captious

tending to find and call attention to faults.

cabal

a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue

camaraderie

the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability. A band of men forming a relationship.

cortege

the group following and attending to some important person

détente

relaxing of political tensions

echelon

one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement

ecumenical

concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions

esprit de corps

the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed

hobnob

to associate in a friendly manner

liaison

contact that keeps parties in communication; communication between groups; one that maintains communication; go-between. A liaison to the military

imbroglio

difficult or embarrassing situation

libretto

the text of an opera or other dramatic musical work

limbo

the state of being disregarded or forgotten

salvo

a burst of gunfire or cannon shot, often as a tribute or salute; a sudden burst of anything; a spirited verbal attack

vendetta

a feud in which members of the opposing parties murder each other

virago

a noisy or scolding or domineering woman

alienist

a psychiatrist and specialist in the legal aspects of mental illness

charlatan

a flamboyant deceiver

entomologist

a scientist who studies insects

ophthalmologist

a medical doctor specializing in the treatment of diseases of the eye

bacchanal

a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

phoenix

anything that is restored after suffering great destruction

amatory

expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance

hydra

trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality

Cassandra

one who prophesies doom or disaster; pessimist

herculean

displaying superhuman strength or power

first person narrator

a narrator within the story who tells the story from the "I" perspective

climax

the decisive moment in a novel or play

antagonist

the character who works against the protagonist in the story

omniscient narrator

a narrator who is able to know, see, and tell all, including the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters

limited omniscient narrator

The third person narrator relates the thoughts and feelings of only one character.

rising action

events leading up to the climax

point of view

the perspective from which a story is told

exposition

an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse

plot

the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.

flashback

a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story

setting

the context and environment in which something is set

dynamic

Characterized by action or force of ones personality.

static

A character having no motion or change throughout the story.

conventional symbol

A concrete object that stands for something else that is widely recognized by a society or culture (e.g. heart-love, flag-patriotism, dove-peace)

symbol

an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

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