Lesson 7 AP English

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abhor
To loathe; detest utterly



If there is one particular food I abhor, it is hominy.
accolade
praise, an award



He received many accolades for being an excellent teacher.
ascetic
one who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation; absent of luxury



The rich playboy could not understand the life led by the monk.
bequeath
to hand down, to give or to leave in a will




I bequeathed my gym shorts to my brother after I graduated from high school.
charlatan
one who claims to know something that he does not; a quack




The side show featured a charlatan posing as a mind reader.
conflagration
a large fire



Some believe that the earth will be destroyed by a large conflagration.
dearth
a lack, a scarcity



The dearth of water in the arid country led to numerous deaths.
diffidence
shyness, reserve, unassertiveness




Because of his diffidence, he would not ask any girl to the prom.
effervescent
showing high spirits



She put me in a good mood because she was always so effervescent.
ethereal
heavenly; unusually delicate, light, lacking material substance



The ethereal sounds of the music soothed and calmed the patient.
expunge
to remove; to erase



Their names were expunged from the social register after they were convicted of selling cocaine.
guile
deceitfulness, duplicity



The woman was the unfortunate victim of guile and deceit when she lost her money to that swindler.
implausible
not believable



His explanation of the accident is so implausible that no jury will believe him.
incongruity
nonconformity; disagreement



The incongruity between the two stories led me to doubt the accuracy of either report.
insularity
qualities of an island; narrow-mindedness of opinion




The insularity of the president made it difficult to get a motion passed.
morose
being sullen or gloomy




He was very morose after his wife left him.
placate
to appease or to pacify by making concessions




My wife is so angry at me that I cannot placate her.
poignant
piercing, incisive, and keen




The man's poignant words struck the very heart of the matter.
provincial
lacking sophistication, narrow-minded




Her parents are so provincial that they believe they should arrange her marriage.
reiterate
to repeat




I hope that I am not becoming redundant by again reiterating the key facts.
spontaneous
having no external cause, acting on impulse.





He knew exactly what I was thinking because my reaction was so spontaneous.
synthesis
combining parts into a whole




Before the project is complete, we need to establish synthesis.
toxic
poisonous




Carbon monoxide is toxic to animal life.
vigilant
very alert, watchful




I have been vigilant in trying to find the thief.
voluble
ability to use words easily, fluent and glib.





A disc jockey needs to be a voluble speaker.

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