21 terms

English III AP Vocab #7

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allay
to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve (verb)
calumniate
to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously (verb)
coup
a highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour de force, act, plan, or stratagem; a sudden takeover of power or leadership (noun)
dissidence
a difference of opinion; discontent (noun)
dogmatic
certain of the truth of one's own ideas; inclined to state opinions as if they were indisputable facts (adjective)
echelon
one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a step-like formation or arrangement (noun)
effrontery
shameless boldness, impudence (noun)
embellish
to decorate, adorn, touch up; to improve by adding details (verb)
illusory
misleading, deceptive; lacking in or not based on reality (adjective)
indigent
needy, impoverished (adjective)
inordinate
far too great, exceeding reasonable limits, excessive (adjective)
litany
a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list (noun)
mandate
an authoritative command, formal order, authorization (noun)
mandate
to issue such an order (verb)
picayune
of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded (adjective)
paucity
an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth (noun)
recant
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract (verb)
refulgent
shining, radiant, resplendent (adjective)
sacrosanct
very sacred or holy; inviolable; set apart or immune from questioning or attack (adjective)
saturnine
of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood (adjective)
unremitting
not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless (adjective)