25 terms

AP English lesson1

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altruistic
(adj.) unselfish, concerned with the welfare of others
ambivalent
(adj.) having contrary feelings or attitudes, uncertain as to course of action
angular
(adj.) lean; sharp cornered; gaunt
arrogant
(adj.) overbearing; proud; haughty
aversion
(n.) a feeling of intense dislike, strong dislike, repugnance, antipathy
discern
(v.) to perceive; to detect differences
disdain
(v.) to look upon with scorn; to refuse scornfully; (n.) a feeling of contempt
disparage
(v.) to belittle, speak slightingly of; to undervalue
disparity
(n.) inequality, the condition or fact of being unequal in age, rank, or degree
embellish
(v.) to decorate, adorn, touch up; to improve by adding details
engender
to produce, cause, or give rise to
innocuous
(adj.) harmless, inoffensive; insignificant
insipid
lacking in flavor; dull, lacking interest, boring
lament
(v.) to express sorrow; to grieve
laud
(v.) to praise; extol
obscure
(adj.) unclear; Clouded; partially hidden; hard to understand
ostentatious
(adj.) showy, pretentious
prodigal
(adj.) wastefully extravagant; lavishly or generously abundant; (n.) one who is wasteful and self-indulgent
repudiate
(v.) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
reticence
(n.) restraint in speech, reluctance to speak
revere
(v.) to honor, to regard with respect
serene
(adj.) peaceful, calm
subtle
delicate, elusive, not obvious
superfluous
(adj) exceeding what is sufficient or required, excess
taciturn
(adj.) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little