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20 terms

AP English unit 6

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abortive
(adj.) filing to produce the intended result; unsuccessful, ineffective
bruit
(v.) to spread a report or rumor
contumelious
(adj.) (of behavior) scornful and insulting; impolite
dictum
(n.) proclamation, command, saying, phrase
ensconce
(v.) to establish or settle in a comfortable, safe or secret place
iconoclastic
(adj.) characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions
in medias res
(adv.) into the middle of a narrative, into the midst of things
internecine
(adj.) destructive to both sides in a conflict
maladroit
(adj.) ineffective, clumsy, awkward
maudlin
(adj.) self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental; overemotional, lachrymose
modulate
(v.) exert a modifying or controlling influence on, vary the strength, tone or amplitude; adjust
portentous
(adj.) threatening, warning, bombastic, pompous
prescience
(n.) the power to foresee the future
quid pro quo
(n.) exchange, trade
salubrious
(adj.) health, beneficial, pleasant, agreeable
saturnalian
(adj.), characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness
touchstone
(n.) standard, benchmark, exemplar
traumatic
(adj.) disturbing, shocking distressing
vitiate
(v.) to spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of
waggish
(adj.) humorous in a playful or mischievous manner