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The second week's set of fifteen vocab words for Mrs. Donovan's AP Lang class. These are as close as possible to the definitions she gave in class, with leading indefinite articles elided.


v: to weaken; to reduce in force or intensity; to make less intense


adj: intended to instruct, especially about moral or ethical concerns


adj: asserting opinions in an arrogant manner as if unchallengeable


n: the use of ambiguous expression in order to mislead; evasiveness


adj: done or achieved with little effort


n: the act of yielding a right, a privilege, or a point in an argument


v: to humiliate or to humble


adj: threatening or ominous


n: group of conspirators


v: to regard as worthy; to stoop or condescend to


n: the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs


n: figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction


n: the use of a quotation at the beginning of a work that hints at its theme


adj: having the form and musical quality of a song


adj: concerned with abstract thought or subjects

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