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AP Vocabulary 2015

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Refute
(v) To prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge.
Burdensome
(adj) Oppressively heavy.
Resolve
(v) [no obj] to decide firmly on a course of action; [with obj] to settle or find a solution .
Exalted
(adj) Placed at a high or powerful level; held in high regard (exalted status).
Imperious
(adj) assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering (imperious manner).
Paradox
(n) self-contradictory statement; however could be a possible truth.
Abstraction
(n) the act of considering something as a general quality or characteristic, apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances.
Parallelism
(n) She likes to dance and sing.
Onomatopoeia
(n) the creation of words that imitate natural.
Understatement
(n) The act stating or representing less strongly or strikingly than the facts would bear out; setting forth in restrained, moderate, or weak terms:
"The casualty lists understate the extent of the disaster."
Makeshift
(n) A temporary substitute. "we used boxes as a makeshift"
Speculative
(adj) based on guesses or ideas about what might happen or be true rather than on facts.
Deductive
(adj) Statement (general)→ Evidence (Specific)
Inductive
(adj) Evidence (Specific) → Statement (general)
Apostrophe
(n) An abstract or personified inanimate being addressed as though present or capable of understanding.
Trope
(n) A word or an expression used in figurative or metaphorical sense (as metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony)
Didactic
(adj) intending to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an alternate motive
Pedagogue
(n) Teacher
Dubious
(adj) Hesitating or Doubting
Erratic
(adj) not even or regular in pattern or movement; unpredictable. "Erratic winds."
Colloquial
(adj) Informal.
Subordinate Clause
A clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb.
(i.e. 'when it rang' vs. 'she answered the phone when it rang')
juxtaposition
(n) Two things being placed close together with contrasting effect.
Reverence
(n) Deep respect for someone or something. "to pay reverence"
Inherent
(adj) Existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute. "The inherent distrust."
Indifferent
(adj) having no particular interest or sympathy; unconcerned. "I am indifferent to the results."
Contemplative
(adj) Expressing or involving prolonged thought. "Contemplative attitude."
Litigious
(adj) Being too ready to take legal actions to settle disputes.
Equivocation
(n) Using ambiguous language to conceal the truth.
Droll
(adj) Dry amusement.
(n) An entertainer.
Glib
(adj) Fluent but insincere, superficial, and thoughtless.
Portentous
(adj) An indication or omen of something to happen, especially momentous.
Catharsis
(n) The purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music.
Mnemonic
(n) A way to remember something (as in ABCs, etc.)
Entrapment
(n) the luring by a law-enforcement agent of a person into committing a crime.