20 terms

AP English 3 Vocab #7

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allay (uh-ley)
(v.) to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve
calumniate (kuh-luhm-nee-eyt)
(v.) to slander; to accuse falsly and maliciously

syn: reduce, alleviate
coup (koo)
(n.) a highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour de force, act, plan, stratagem; a sudden takeover of power or leadership

syn: defame
dissidence (dis-i-duhns)
(n.) a difference of opinion; discontent

syn: disagreement
dogmatic (dawg-mat-ik)
(adj.) certain of the truth of one's ideas, inclined to state opinions as if they were indisputable facts

syn: opinionated, authoritarian
echelon (esh-uh-lon)
(n.) one of a series of grades in an organized military unit; a step-like formation or arrangement

syn: level, rank
effrontery (i-fruhn-tuh-ree)
(n.) shameless boldness, impudence

syn: gall, nerve
embellish (em-bel-ish)
(v.) to decorate, adorn, touch up; to improve by adding details

syn: garnish
illusory (i-*loo*-suh-ree, i-loolooory (i-*loo*-suh-ree, i-*loo*-zuh-ree)
(adj.) misleading deceptive; lacking in or not based on reality

syn: imaginary
indigent (in-di-juhnt)
(adj.) needy, impoverished

syn: penniless
inordinate (in-awr-dn-it)
(asj.) far too great, exceeding reasonable limits, excessive

syn: extravagant
litany (lit-n-ee)
(n.) a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list

syn: catalog
mandate (man-deyt)
(n.) an authoritative command, formal order, authorization; (v.) to issue such an order

syn: (n.) directive, (v.)direct
picayune (pik-ee-*yun*, pic-uh-yunyunune (pik-ee-*yun*, pic-uh-*yun*)
(adj.) of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded

syn: inconsequential, trifling
paucity (paw-si-tee)
(n.) an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth

syn: lack
recant (ri-kant)
(v.) to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract

syn: repudiate
refulgent (ri-fuhl-juhnt)
(adj.) shining, radiant, resplendent

syn: luminous, splendid
sacrosanct (sak-roh-sangkt)
(adj.) very sacred or holy; inviolable; set apart or immune to questioning or attack

syn: hallowed, protected
saturnine (sat-er-nahyn)
(adj.) of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood

syn: sullen
unremitting (uhn-ri-mit-ing)
(adj.) not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless

syn: constant, unrelenting