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American Literature and Composition Unit 13 vocabulary

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collate
verb, to compare critically in order to note differences, similarities, etc.; to arrange in order for some specific purpose
foment
verb, to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm
abet
verb, to encourage, assist (especially in something wrong)
encumber
verb, to weigh down or burden; to fill up, block, hinder
connoisseur
noun, an expert; one who is well qualified to pass critical judgments, especially in one of the fine arts
blatant
adjective, noise in a coarse, offensive way; obvious or conspicuous, especially in an unfavorable sense
disconsolate
adjective, deeply unhappy or dejected without hope, beyond consolation
buttress
verb, to support, prop up, strengthen; noun, a supporting structure
aver
verb, to affirm, declare confidently
carousal
noun, noisy revelry or merry making (often with a suggestion of heavy drinking)
broach
verb, to break the surface of the water, to turn sideways to the wind and waves; to bring up or begin to talk about; to announce; to pierce in order to draw off liquid; noun, a spit for roasting
nonplussed
adjective & participle, puzzled, not knowing what to do, at a loss
prolific
adjective, abundantly productive; abundant, profuse
opportune
adjective, suitable or convenient for a particular purpose; occurring at an appropriate time
incontrovertible
adjective, unquestionable, beyond dispute
grisly
adjective, frightful, horrible, ghastly
rejoinder
noun, a reply to a reply, especially from the defendant in a legal suit
predilection
noun, a liking, preference
magniloquent
adjective, expressed in loft or high-flown language
inauspicious
adjective, unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future
impassive
adjective, showing no feeling or emotion
herculean
adjective, relating to Hercules; characterized by great strength;