American Literature Vocabulary

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synthesize
To combine; to blend
cohesion
sticking together
precise
exact; accurate
bias
prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
explicit
definite, clearly stated
mortify
To embarrass or humiliate
petrify
scare, frighten
persevere
to keep going; never give up
endeavor
a serious attempt or effort
protrude
to stick out, thrust forth
provoke
Anger, arouse, bring to action
dilemma
a difficult or perplexing situation or problem
salvage
(v.) to save from fire or shipwreck; (n.) property thus saved
relinquish
to let go, give up
abide
to remain; continue; stay; endure
placate
to appease, soothe, pacify
wrath
extreme anger
divine
related to a god; supremely good or beautiful
solemn
serious
intervene
come between so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events
abate
(v.) to make less in amount, degree, etc.; to subside, become less; to nullify; to deduct, omit
appease
(v.) to make calm, soothe; to relieve, satisfy; to yield to
hysteria
exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people.
infest
to spread or swarm in or over; to live in or on as a parasite
blunder
A stupid or careless mistake.
cultivate
(v.) to nurture, improve, refine (At the library, she cultivated her interest in spy novels.)
allegiance
(n.) the loyalty or obligation owed to a government, nation, or cause
exasperate
(v.) to irritate, annoy, or anger
renounce
to give up or resign something
deference
to respect
adulation
high praise
amorous
Expressing love or the state of being in love
afflicted
Suffering or sickened
immense
(adj.) very large or great; beyond ordinary means of measurement
infamous
having a reputation of the worst kind, vicious, notoriously bad
ostracize
(v.) to exclude from a group, banish, send away
malignant
(adj.) deadly, extremely harmful, evil; spiteful, malicious
plausible
believable
concur
to agree
remorse
deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed
articulate
able to speak clearly and expressively
feasible
possible, able to be done
callous
unfeeling, insensitive
misconstrue
to interpret wrongly, mistake the meaning of
plethora
excess; overabundance

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