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AP Language/Composition - Vocab List 2

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adroit
adj., clever or skillful in using the hands or mind
ameliorate
v., to make better or more tolerable
blithe
adj., lightheartedly happy; carefree
cogent
adj., clear, logical, and convincing; appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning
craven
adj., contemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly
dissidence
noun, a protest against official policy; disagreement, especially with the government
doughty
adj., valiant; brave and persistent
exacerbate
v., to make worse or more severe
extirpate
v., to root out and destroy completely
fusty
noun, old-fashioned in attitude or style; stale, damp, or stuffy
malefactor
noun, a criminal or felon; an evildoer
pejorative
adj., expressing negativity, contempt or disapproval
obfuscate
v., to render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible
ruminate
v., to reflect deeply on a subject
skulk
v., to keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive; to move stealthily or furtively
tepid
adj., showing little enthusiasm; lukewarm
truancy
noun, any intentional unauthorized absence from schooling
truculent
adj., eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant
virulent
adj., extremely severe or harmful in its effects
venal
adj., showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery