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63 terms

AP Vocab

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a outrance
to excess
acquiesce
to agree or express agreement
ambiguous
having more than one possible meaning
amiable
diffusing warmth and friendliness
anecdote
short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
arbiter
someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
caricature
a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
colloquial
characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation
compatriot
a person from your own country
contemporeity
occuring or existing in the same time, contemporary society
digression
a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
dogma
a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
egotistical
characteristic of false pride
enigma
something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
ephemeral
enduring a very short time
epitome
a standard or typical example
erudite
having or showing profound knowledge
hobbesian
Adjective related to the workds of Thomas Hobbes who likened I.R to a 'state of war' , a lawless, insecure, and conflict-ridden condition which he described as a 'war of all against all'.
imbecility
retardation more severe than a moron but not as severe as an idiot
infrahuman
belonging to a group below humans in evolutionary development
inherent
in the nature of something though not readily apparent
intangible
assets that are saleable though not material or physical
jargon
specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
lamentable
an archaic word for mournful
mixed metaphor
a combination of two or more metaphors that together produce a ridiculous effect
mulitpara
a woman who has delivered two or more pregnancies at 20 or more weeks
oratorical
characteristic of an orator or oratory
persipicuity
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pretension
a false or unsupportable quality
sagacity
the trait of forming opinions by distinguishing and evaluating
sardonic
disdainfully or ironically humorous
senile
mentally or physically infirm with age
specious
plausible but false
stint
an individuals prescribed share of work
superannuate
retire or become ineligible because of old age or infirmity
unction
anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
utile
being of use or service
verity
an enduring or necessary ethical or religious or aesthetic truth
ambivalance
having two opposing feelings at the same time, or being uncertain about how you /I felt very ambivalent about leaving home.feel
laxity
..., the quality of being lax and neglectful
malignity
quality of being disposed to evil
morphological
..., relating to or concerned with the morphology of plants and animals
skepticism
doubt about the truth of something
sovereignty
..., government free from external control
troglodyte
..., someone who dwells in a cave
triumvirate
a group of three men responsible for public administration or civil authority
unflagging
..., unceasing
cirumlocution
roundabout way of speaking
esoteric
..., confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
recapitulate
summarize briefly
rhapsody
..., an epic poem adapted for recitation
wry
humorously sarcastic or mocking
credulous
..., disposed to believe on little evidence
fanciful
indulging in or influenced by fancy
juxaposition
..., placement of two things side by side for emphasis
validity
the quality of being logically valid
sprightliness
..., animation and energy in action or expression
pate de foie gras
..., a pate made from goose liver (marinated in cognac) and truffles
theologian
..., someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology (especially Christian theology)
redemptive
..., bringing about salvation or redemption from sin
forbearance
..., a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges
exuberance
overflowing with enthusiasm
idologue
theorist