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Amer. Lit. Vocabulary

Lit. Final Lessons 12-21
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expedient
practical; providing an immediate advantage
hue
a particular shade of a given color
ominous
threatening; foreboding evil
bawdy
indecent; humorously obscene
clandestine
secret
myriad
n. a very large number
adj. too numerous to be counted
hoax
a practical joke; a trick
mundane
a commonplace; earthly and not spiritual
novice
a beginner; one who is unexperienced
chutzpah
nerve; audacity
fallacy
a mistaken notion; a misconception
pandemonium
a wild disorder, noise, or confusion
precocious
showing early developement, especially mental
quell
to put an end to; to allay or quiet
raconteur
a person skilled at telling stories
renegade
one who deserts one side in favor of another; traitor; outlaw
taciturn
not fond of talking; usually silent
terse
brief and to the point
inherent
essential
pithy
full of meaning; concise
tenuous
not dense or thick; having little substance
mellifluous
having a rich, smoothly flowing sound
oeuvre
the complete work of an artist, composer or writer
vacuous
lacking intelligence
petulant
rude in speech or behavior; peevish
proliferate
to grow or reproduce rapidly
tenet
a belief or principle held to be true
albeit
although; even though
conduit
a means by which something is transmitted
osmosis
a gradual, often unconscious, process of absorption
Realism
sought to portray life as faithfully and accurately as possible - "And Episode of War"
Regionalism
Writers attempt to capture the "Local color" of a region by accurately depicting the distinctive qualities of its people and physical environment - "Outcasts of Poker Flat"
Situational Irony
outcome of action or event is different from what one expects
Verbal Irony
use of words to suggest opposite of usual meaning
Dramatic Irony
readers are aware of something a character doesn't know
Modernism
capture the essence of modern life in both form and content
Imagism
capture a moment in time, use simple language to provoke emotion or spark imagination
Apostrophe
speaker or narrator directly adresses a person or thing
Stream Consciousness
capture the natural flow of people's thoughts