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American Literature Vocabulary IV

BHS Palmer 2010
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futile
hopeless, useless
condone
to forgive or overlook an offense
tranquility
calmness
dissent
disagreement
conciliate
to reconcile, to pacify, to renew a friendship
incessant
unceasing
disparity
inequality; difference
disparage
to speak of negatively; to belittle
conventional
ordinary, common; customary; unexceptional
rigor
harshness or severity
profuse
flowing freely; generous, excessive, extravagant
expedient
useful for some purpose; convenient
fastidious
not easy to please; overly critical
prosaic
banal, commonplace; uninspired; dull
philanthropy
desire to help mankind
languid
slow, sluggish, listless, weak
astute
perceptive, clever
authentic
real, genuine
brevity
briefness
relevant
important; pertinent
incoherent
impossible to understand, chaotic
mitigate
make less severe or harsh
reprehensible
shameful; very bad
augment
to add, increase; to make bigger
engender
to create, produce
deride (derision)
To ridicule, make fun of...
acclaim
Praise, applaud;admiration
lethargic
tired, without energy, languid, weak
fanatic
one who is extremely devoted to a cause or idea
novel
new; original -- unusual