20 terms

AP English Vocab Unit 28

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adroit
(adj.) clever or skillful in using the hands or mind
coerce
(v.) persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats; to obtain (something) by use of force or threats
deference
(n.) respect and esteem due a superior or an elder; affected or ingratiating regard for another's wishes; humble submission and respect
derisive
(adj.) expressing or causing contemptuous ridicule or scorn
droll
(adj.) curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement
effluent
(n.) waste material (such as smoke, liquid industrial refuge, or sewage) discharged into the environment especially when serving as a pollutant
epiphany
(n.) an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure; a revealing scene or moment
exacerbate
(v.) make a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling worse; aggravate
extrapolate
(v.) to project, extend, or expand (known data or experience) into an area not known or experienced so as to arrive at a usually conjectural knowledge of the unknown area; to predict by projecting past experience or known data
feign
(v.) pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury); fake
insipid
(adj.) lacking taste or flavor; tasteless; lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge; dull, flat
intermediary
(n.) a person who acts as a link between people in order to try to bring about an agreement or reconciliation; a mediator; a go-between
intersperse
(v.) scatter among or between other things; place here and there; diversify (a thing or things) with other things at intervals
obfuscation
(n.) the action of making something less clear and harder to understand, especially intentionally
opprobrium
(n.) public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong or vicious; harsh criticism or censure; public disgrace arising from someone's shameful conduct
paucity
(n.) smallness or insufficiency of number or quantity; dearth; scarcity
piety
(n.) the quality of being religious or reverent; devotion to God
precept
(n.) a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action; an order issued legally constituted authority to a subordinate official
subjugate
(v.) to defeat and gain control of (someone or something) by the use of force; to conquer and gain the obedience of (a group of people, a country, etc.); to make submissive or subservient; enslave
tangential
(adj.) relating to or along a tangent; diverging from a previous course or line; erratic; hardly touching a matter; peripheral