25 terms

AP Lit Vocab 11

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Level H - Unit 11
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Apostate
(n.) One who forsakes his or her religion, party, or cause
syn: renegade, defector
Bravado
(n.) A display of false or assumed courage
SYNONYMS: swagger, bluster, braggadocio
Consensus
(n.) A collective or general agreement of opinion, feeling, or thinking
SYNONYMS: unanimity, concord, accord, harmony
Constrict
(v.) To make smaller or narrower, draw together, squeeze; to stop or cause to falter
SYNONYMS: contract, curb, restrain
Dichotomy
(n.) A division into two contradictory or mutually exclusive parts; a branching or forking in an ancestral line
SYNONYMS: schism, bifurcation
Effusive
(adj.) Highly demonstrative; unrestrained
SYNONYMS: gushy, lavish
Euphoria
(n.) A feeling of great happiness or well-being, often with no objective basis
SYNONYMS: elation, bliss, ecstasy, rapture
Gothic
(adj.) Characterized by or emphasizing a gloomy setting and grotesque or violent events; such a literary or artistic style; a type of medieval architecture
SYNONYM: sinister
Impasse
(n.) A dead end; a position from which there is no escape; a problem to which there is no solution
SYNONYMS: standoff, stalemate
Lugubrious
(adj.) Sad, mournful, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
SYNONYMS: doleful, melancholy, dismal
Metamorphosis
(n.) A complete transformation, as if by magic
SYNONYMS: change, makeover
Mystique
(n.) An aura or attitude of mystery or veneration surrounding something or someone
SYNONYM: charisma
Non sequitur
(n.) An inference or conclusion that does not follow logically from the facts or premises
Parlous
(adj.) Full of danger or risk, perilous
SYNONYMS: hazardous, risky, dangerous
Punctilio
(n.) A minute detail of conduct or procedure; an instant of time
SYNONYM: nicety
Quagmire
(n.) Soft, soggy mud or slush; a difficult or entrapping situation
SYNONYMS: fen, marsh, morass
Quixotic
(adj.) Extravagantly or romantically idealistic; visionary without regard to practical considerations
SYNONYMS: fanciful, impractical, utopian
Raconteur
(n.) A person who tells stories and anecdotes with great skill
SYNONYM: anecdotist
Sine qua non
(n.) An essential or indispensable element or condition
SYNONYMS: necessity, desideratum
Vendetta
(n.) A prolonged feud, often between two families, characterized by retaliatory acts of revenge; any act motivated by vengeance
SYNONYMS: blood feud, rivalry
hyperbole
exaggeration
genre
the classification of literary works on the basis of their content, form, or technique.
oxymoron
contradictory ideas combined to create a condensed paradox
chiasmus
a type of rhetoric in which the second part is syntactically balanced against the first.
imagery
language that appeals to the five senses