AP English III Vocabulary 7

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Bombastic
high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
Impartial
treating all people and groups equally
Incontrovertible
not open to question or dispute; indisputable
Integrity
adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty
Legacy
anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor
Objectivity
intentness on objects external to the mind
Oxymoron
figure of speech which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect
Paradox
a statement that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth
Penitent
feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment
Personification
the attributing of human qualities to an animal, object, or abstraction
Rhetorical question
a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply
Stringent
rigorously binding or exacting; strict; severe
Temporize
to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting
Tenacious
holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold
Verify
to act as ultimate proof or evidence of; serve to confirm