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AP English Literature Academic Vocabulary (Words 121-140)

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servile
slavishly submissive or sycophantic; fawning
resolve
v. to come to a definite or earnest decision (to do something)
n. firmness of purpose or intent
virulent
intensely bitter, spiteful, or malicious; acerbic
aesthetic
relating to pure beauty rather than to other considerations; artistic or relating to good taste
diligent
constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything
guile
insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.
incessant
continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending
infamous
having an extremely bad reputation
excoriate
to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally; to strip off or remove the skin from
euphony
agreeableness of sound; pleasing effect to the ear, especially a pleasant sounding or harmonious combination or succession of words
depravity
the state or an instance of moral corruption
seven deadly sins
Widely known as sins that lead to damnation. The currently recognized list includes wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
oxymoron
A rhetorical device in which two seemingly contradictory words are used together for effect
deus ex machina
1. (in ancient Greek and Roman drama) a god introduced into a play to resolve the entanglements of the plot.
2. any artificial or improbable device resolving the difficulties of a plot.
curmudgeon
a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person
milquetoast
a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated
cliche
a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse
picaresque
of or relating to a type of fiction in which the hero, a rogue, goes through a series of episodic adventures
bathos
in art, excessive or trivial sentimentality; an abrupt transition in style from the elevated to the commonplace, producing a laughable effect
scansion
the analysis and visual representation of a poem's metrical pattern