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Vocabulary for A.P. Lit and Comp

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Wry
Adj.: Cleverly or grimly humorous
Lachrymose
Adj.: Tearful/mournful
Denouement
N.: Final resolution
Traduce
V.: To cause humiliation/disgrace by malicious comments.
Gynarchy
N.: Government run by women.
Ambience
N.: Atmosphere or mood.
Sententious
Adj.: Pompously or excessively moralizing.
Vindicate
V.: To establish innocence or clear of blame.
Dispassionate
Adj.: Not influenced by strong feelings
Picaresque
Adj.: Relating to rogues or rascals
Truculent
Adj.: Seethingly harsh
Ineffable
Adj.: Indescribable, unspeakable
Efficacy
N.: The power to produce an effect
Pristine
Adj.: Unspoiled, in its original condition
Ribald
Adj.: Coarsely humorous, vulgar
Expunge
V.: To remove, delete, erase
Insouciant
Adj.: carefree, unconcerned
Epistolary
Adj.: in the style or form of letters
Courtesan
N.: mistress of a wealthy man
Panegyric
N.: formal or elaborate praise
Temerity
N.: rashness, imprudence
Petulance
N.: Impatience, irritability
Pastoral
Adj.: of or relating to the countryside
Sycophant
N.: flatterer, toady
Pragmatic
Adj.: practical
Placate
V.: to pacify
Simian
Adj.: ape-like
Incipient
Adj.: beginning (stage)
Phantasmagoria
N.: shifting of imaginary to real figures in a dream
Obdurate
Adj.: stubborn
Abet
V.: to encourage or assist
Specious
Adj.: plausible but wrong
Tableaux
N.: picturesque presentation
Parsimony
N.: Stinginess
Enervation
N.: Weakness
Avarice
N.: Extreme greed
Craven
Adj.: Cowardly
Usurp
V.: to seize wrongfully
Recalcitrant
Adj.: obstinately disobedient
Enmity
N.: state of being an enemy
Misogyny
N.: hatred of women
Gregarious
Adj.: fond of company
Lugubrious
Adj.: mournful, dismal
Paean
N.: joyous hymn or song, tribute of thanksgiving
Perspicacious
Adj.: keen, of mental vision or discernment
Droll
Adj.: having an oddly whimsical sense of humor
Filial
Adj.: of or due a son or daughter
Perfidious
Adj.: traitorous
Debase
V.: to lower in value or quality
Ascetic
N.: a person who practices severe self-discipline
Torpor
N.: sluggishness, apathy
Ubiquitous
Adj.: present everywhere
Stygian
Adj.: dark, gloomy
Travail
N.: painful effort, toil
Remonstrate
V.: to say or plead in protest/rebuke
Lament
V.: express grief
Castigate
V.: to subject os severe punishment, reproof, or criticism
Catalyst
N.: an agent that provokes a significant change
Apprise
V.: to give notice to, tell inform
Enigma
N.: puzzle or paradox
Insipid
Adj.: Dull
Trenchant
Adj.: Cutting, incisive (language)
Rapacious
Adj.: Grasping, predatory
Salient
Adj.: Prominent