20 terms

AP English Vocab Unit 27

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adamant
(adj.) unshakable or insistent especially in maintaining a position or opinion; unyielding; impossible to persuade
blight
(n.) a disease or injury of plants marked by the formation of lesions, withering, and death of part; a deteriorated condition
demagogue
(n.) a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument
depravity
(n.) moral corruption; wickedness; a very evil quality or way of behaving
duress
(n.) force or threats meant to make someone do something; threats, violence, constraints. or other action brought to bear on someone to do something against their will or better judgement
emulate
(v.) to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass; match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation
endemic
(adj.) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area
illusory
(adj.) based on illusion; not real
lavish
(adj.) sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious
malcontent
(n.) a person who is dissatisfied and rebellious; one who bears a grudge from a sense or grievance or thwarted ambition
nonentity
(n.) a person or thing with no special or interesting qualities; an unimportant thing or person
obdurate
(adj.) stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing and unrepentant; hardened in feelings; resistant to persuasion or softening influences
obstreperous
(adj.) noisy and difficult to control; resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly
paltry
(adj.) (of an amount) small or meager; petty; trivial
predominant
(adj.) having superior strength, influence, or authority; being most frequent or common
quandary
(n.) a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation; a difficult situation; a practical dilemma
supplant
(v.) supersede and replace
surfeit
(n.) an overabundant supply; excess; an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (such as food or drink)
torpor
(n.) a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility; extreme sluggishness or stagnation of function; lethargy
unkempt
(adj.) having an untidy of disheveled appearance