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Donovan AP Lang vocab, week 2

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.
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attenuate
v: to weaken; to reduce in force or intensity; to make less intense
didactic
adj: intended to instruct, especially about moral or ethical concerns
dogmatic
adj: asserting opinions in an arrogant manner as if unchallengeable
equivocation
n: the use of ambiguous expression in order to mislead; evasiveness
facile
adj: done or achieved with little effort
concession
n: the act of yielding a right, a privilege, or a point in an argument
abase
v: to humiliate or to humble
baleful
adj: threatening or ominous
cabal
n: group of conspirators
deign
v: to regard as worthy; to stoop or condescend to
anaphora
n: the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs
apostrophe
n: figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction
epigraph
n: the use of a quotation at the beginning of a work that hints at its theme
lyrical
adj: having the form and musical quality of a song
metaphysical
adj: concerned with abstract thought or subjects