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15 terms

American Literature final vocabulary

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depredation
the act of preying upon or plundering
dispassionate
calm; objective; unbiased
dogmatic
relying upon doctrine of dogma as opposed to evidence
equivocal
ambiguous; unclear; subject to more than one interpretation, often intentionally so
floundering
struggling
iconoclast
one who attacks traditional ideas or institutions or one who destroys sacred images
infer
to deduce
inhibit
to hold back, prohibit, forbid or restrain
misnomer
incorrect name or word for something
pragmatic
concerned with facts, practical, as opposed to highly principled or traditional
propitiate
to conciliate; to appease
reproof
to act of censuring, scolding or rebuking
savant
a very knowledgeable person; a genius
taciturn
habitually untalkative or silent
tortuous
twisted; excessively complicated