AP Lit Vocab (Semsester One)
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A minor weakness (of character); slight flaw or defect, the weak part of a sword
Reserved in speech; saying little; reluctant to join in conversation; dour
Attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because discovery would lead to trouble; secretive
A thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve
One who sucks up to others
Self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness
Very weak or slight
Lacking flavor; dull, uninteresting
(Of a person) Excessively or ingratiatingly flattering; oily
A feeling or fear or agitation about something that may happen
Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person
big display of know obscure facts, like a pendant
(of a person or their tendencies) not able to be corrected, improved, or reformed.
having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline.
severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance; having an extremely plain and simple style or appearance; unadorned.
alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive.
a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.
read (something), typically in a thorough or careful way.
present, appearing, or found everywhere.
(of something considered wrong or immoral) conspicuously or obviously offensive.
a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds.
belonging naturally; essential. / or / (of a muscle) contained wholly within the organ on which it acts.
modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
eager or anxious to do something.
a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful.
begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish.
not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous.
(of language) used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary.
reprimand or censure (someone).
make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly.
an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.
hesitating or doubting.; not to be relied upon; suspect.
the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.
regard or represent as being of little worth.
sly or cunning intelligence.
(of an amount) small or meager.
most noticeable or important.
recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources.
intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.
enthusiastic or passionate.
be or go beyond the range or limits of (something abstract, typically a conceptual field or division).
impressive or magnificent in appearance or style, especially pretentiously so.
(typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal.
complaining in a petulant or whining manner.
describe or regard as worthy of disgrace or great disapproval.
a person who is lacking in or hostile or smugly indifferent to cultural values, intellectual pursuits, aesthetic refinement, etc., or is contentedly commonplace in ideas and tastes
of a situation or condition) extremely bad, unpleasant, and degrading.
a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant
showing a critical or disrespectful attitude.
hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed.
a scarcity or lack of something.
able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection.
render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.
equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as.
necessary to make a whole complete; essential or fundamental.
a person's social environment.
involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.
a state of being extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect.
(of a disease or poison) extremely severe or harmful in its effects.
a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.
in the form of a cloud or haze; hazy.
(especially of something written or spoken) briefly and clearly expressed.
a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type
away from the appropriate, planned, or expected course; amiss.
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