20 terms

AP English Vocab Unit 17

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atonement
(n.) reparation for a wrong or injury; reparation or expiation for sin
atrophy
(v.)waste away, typically due to the degeneration of cells, or become vestigial during evolution; gradually decline in effectiveness or vigor due to underuse or neglect
attenuate
(v.) to lessen the amount, force, magnitude, or value of; weaken
audacious
(adj.) showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks; showing an impudent lack of respect; recklessly bold; rash
cloistered
(adj.) kept away from the outside world; sheltered
coalesce
(v.) come together and form one mass or whole; to unite for a common end
dexterity
(n.) skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands; readiness and grace in physical activity; mental skill or quickness
gumption
(n.) shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness
habiliment
(n.) clothing; the dress characteristic of an occupation or occasion
halcyon
(adj.) denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful
intrepid
(adj.) fearless; adventurous
meander
(v.) follow a winding course
melodramatic
(adj.) characteristic of melodrama, especially in being exaggerated, sensationalized, or overemotional
mercurial
(adj.) subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind
parochial
(adj.) relating to a church parish; having a limited or narrow outlook or scope
provincial
(adj.) limited in outlook; lacking the polish of urban society
sequester
(v.) isolate or hide away; to set apart
vacillate
(v.) alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive; hesitate in choice of opinions or courses
vacuous
(adj.) having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence
vagary
(n.) an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant manifestation, action, or notion