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AP Lang Vocab Semester 1 Set 2

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Espy
to glimpse, to descry, to catch sight of
Evanescent
vanishing, happening for the briefest moment
Exemplar
an excellent model, a typical example
Exigent
urgent, demands prompt action
Extirpate
to rip up by the roots, to abolish, to annihilate
Facetious
humorous, joking in a somewhat inappropriate or clumsy manner
Fecund
fertile, productive, fruitful
Fusillade
a rapid outburst, spray of gunfire
Gainsay
to deny, to speak or act against
Garrulous
talkative
Halitosis
bad breath
Irascible
hot tempered, cranky
Leitmotif
a dominant or recurring theme
Levee
an embankment designed to prevent a river from flooding
Lope
to run at a steady, easy pace
Macerate
to soften by soaking, to cause to waste away
Malapropism
the humorous misuse of a word that sounds very much like the word intended
Matriculate
to enroll, most particularly in college
Maudlin
overly sentimental
Mellifluous
sweetly flowing
Mordant
bitingly sarcastic, incisive, caustic in manner
Moribund
being in a dying or decaying condition
Munificent
generous
Neophyte
a beginner, a novice
Officious
unnecessarily helpful, meddlesome, interfering
Omnivorous
eating or absorbing everything, feeding on both animal and vegetable substances
Oscillate
to swing back and forth
Ossify
to become rigid, to become set in one's ways
Palliate
to hide the seriousness of something with excuses or apologies, to ease without curing
Pallid
lacking color, wan