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AP English 11 - Vocab 3

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censure
n. the act of blaming or condemning
chastise
v. to criticize severely
chronic
adj. constant, lasting a long time
circumspect
adj. careful, thought through
clemency
n. disposition towards mercy, mildness
clique
n. an exclusive group
coalesce
v. to come together as one, to fuse or unite
coherent
adj. making sense, organized and logical
bulwark
n. something used as a defense, a strong protection
cache
n. a hiding place, something hidden in a secret place
callous
adj. unfeeling and insensitive
candor
adj. truthfulness, great honesty, frankness
capitulate
v. to surrender, to stop resisting
catharsis
n. an emotional purification, an emotional release
caustic
adj. biting in humor
obliterate
v. to blot out leaving no traces, to destroy
obscure
adj. unclear, vague, partially hidden, hard to understand
obviate
v. to make unnecessary, to avert, to preclude
odious
adj. hateful, evil, vile
odyssey
n. a long difficult journey marked by changes in fortune
ogle
v. to stare at in a disrespectful way
oligarchy
n. a government in which the power is in the hands of only a few
opaque
adj. difficult to see through, unclear, dark
nemesis
n. a powerful rival, a usually unconquerable opponent
nomadic
adj. without a permanent home, constantly wandering
nominal
adj. insignificant, trifling, in name only
novel
adj. new, original
nuance
n. a subtle distinction, a slight difference in definition
nullify
v. to repeal, cancel, render void
opportunist
n. a person who takes advantage of opportunity with no regard for principle