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List #9

American Literature II Vocabulary list
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Assuage
v. softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable -- cool breezes assuaged the heat.
Coalesce
v. to unite for a common end: join forces -- people with different points of view coalesce into opposing factions.
Dissuade
v. to advise (a person) against something; to turn from something by persuasion
Latent
adj. present and capable of becoming though not now visible, obvious or active
Mettle
n. quality of temperament or disposition -- gentlemen of brave mettle.
Nebulous
adj. indistinct, vague
Perspicacious
adj. of acute mental vision or discernment; keen, sharp
Scurrilous
adj. containing obscenities, abus, or slander -- Scurrilous charges filled the politician's campaign.
Tumult
n. violent agitation of mind or feelings; a violent outburst
Alacrity
n. promptness in response; cheerful readiness -- I accepted the invitation to my best friend's birthday party with alacrity.
Vagary
n. stresses the erratic, irresponsible character of a notion/desire -- He was prone to strange vagaries.
Eschew
v. to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds
Fatuous
adj. complacently or inanely foolish; silly
Misconstrue
v. to mistake the meaning of; misinterpret
Preclude
v. to make impossible by necessary consequence; to rule out in advance
Pummel
v. to pound, to beat
Wry
adj. cleverly and often ironically or grimly humorous
Atrophy
n. a wasting away or progressive decline; degeneration -- the atrophy of freedom.
Castigate
v. to subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism
Encumber
v. to impede or hamper the function or activity of; to hinder
Fortuitous
adj. occurring by chance; fortunate; lucky: inadvertent
Heinous
adj. hatefully or shockingly evil; abominable
Proselytize
v. to recruit or convert especially to a new faith, institution, or cause
Renege
v. to go back on a promise or commitment
Vacillate
v. to waver in mind, will, or feeling: hesitate in choice of opinions or courses