42 terms

APLC Semester 2 Final Vocabulary

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supposition
an unproven idea
iconoclast
someone who attacks cherished ideas or institutions
meretricious
apparently attractive but, in reality, having no value or integrity
invective
insulting, abusive, or highly critical language
droll
amusing in an odd or whimsical way
modish
confirming or following what is currently popular or fashionable
wanderlust
a strong desire to travel
malefactor
a person who commits a crime or some other wrong
homily
a sermon stressing moral principles; a tedious moralizing lecture or discourse
menagerie
a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition; essentially, a zoo
inure
to accustom to something, especially something unpleasant; OR; to take effect
ebullient
joyously unrestrained
punctilious
careful of and attentive to details, especially ones relating to good manners and behavior
acrimony
ill-natured, bitter hostility
microcosm
a miniature world or universe; a group or system viewed as the model of a larger group or system
impunity
freedom from punishment
idiom
an informal expression whose meaning is different from the literal translation
magisterial
having or showing great authority
supersede
to take the place of; to replace
decorous
proper; in good taste
insidious
intended to deceive or entrap; sly, treacherous
effete
depleted of vitality; overrefined; decadent; ineffectual
altruistic
unselfish, concerned with the welfare of others
palpable
capable of being touched or felt; tangible
jocular
humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
soporific
tending to cause sleep
zeitgeist
the general spirit of the time
impugn
to attack as false or questionable
usurp
to take over; to seize power
eschew
to avoid, shun, keep away from
jeremiad
an elaborate or prolonged lamentation; any tale of woe
hiatus
a gap, opening, break; a vacation
hegemony
the domination of one state or group over its allies; domination
jingoistic
characterized by extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy
prolix
Excessively long and wordy (of a person, piece of writing, etc.)
arbiter
Judge, umpire, person empowered to decide matters at hand
mellifluous
having a rich, smoothly flowing sound
cadaverous
of or like a corpse; pale, gaunt, thin
trite
commonplace; overused, stale
harbinger
something that indicates what is to come; a forerunner; an omen or sign
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
cajole
coax;
to persuade with false promises and flattery