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Honors American Literature Vocabulary 2014-2015 F PERIOD

All of Trimester 1 vocabulary.
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Ameliorate
to make better or improve
Amenable
Agreeable, pleasant or willing to give into the wishes of another
Derision
Ridicule or mockery
Intransigent
refusing compromise
Miscegenation
Marriage or cohabbitation between races
Opulent
Characterized by rich abundance
Enervate
To weaken or exhaust
Petulant
Ill humored, irritable or cranky
Veracity
Truthfulness and accuracy
Precocious
Advanced or developing ahead of time
Impudent
Casually rude
Debacle
A sudden colapse or failure
Extol
To praise or reverie
Tacit
Expressed without words
Odious
Instilling hatred or intense displeasure
Entice
To leur, attract or tempt in a pleasing fashion
Fastidious
Having high and often unattainable standards.
Surmise
To infer or predict with little evidence
Ingratiate
To bring into the good graces of another
Affinity
A natural attraction, kinship or similarity
Lucrative
Highly profitable
Haggard
Worn out from being tired
Inane
Lacking any point or sense
Demagogue
A leader who gets power by appealing to the emotions and prejudices of the people
Disputatious
Tending to dispute
Euphonious
Pleasing to the ear
Accolades
Award, honor, approval or praise
Inveigle
To tempt or persuade by using deception or flattery
Disparage
To belittle or put down
Nonplussed
Confused, perplexed or bewildered
Recapture
To repeat the principle points of something
Hiatus
A gap, interruption or break
Surreptitious
Done by secretive means
Feign
To give a false appearance or to pretend
Cajole
To coax or persuade someone into doing something they don't want to do
Intercede
To mediate between people
Invoke
To petition for help, protection or assistance
Dearth
Scarcity or lack
Perfunctory
Lacking interest, care or enthusiasm
Adhominem
Appealing to the prejudices rather than reason
Mitigate
To make or become less severe, or to moderate
Contumacious
Stubbornly resisting or disobeying authority
Dilatory
Intended to cause delay
Tenuous
Flimsy, slight or having little substance or strength
Penultimate
The one before last
Turgid (2 def)
1. Swollen 2. Excessively embellished in language or style
Exacerbate
To make more severe or to worsen
Apoplectic (2 def)
1. Loss of consciousness caused by a rupture of an artery in a vein. 2. Loss of ability to speck as a result of being angry.
Androgynous
Having both male or female traits
Miscreant
An individual who has misbehaved or a villain
Lament
To mourn aloud, to whale or to cry out in grief
Nepotism
Favors shown by those in high places to relatives or friends
Fervor
Passionate, intensity or feeling
Formidable
Difficult to accomplish or difficult to defeat
Cower
To cringe in fear
Geriatric
Anything that has to do with old people
Credulity
Tendency to believe to easily
Bilateral
Having or involving two sides
Bibliophile
Someone who loves books
Surfeit
An over abundant supply
Abscond
To escape into hiding or to leave quickly and hide to avoid punishment
Jocular
Inclined to joke
Sibilant
Producing a hissing sound like shhhh
Usurp
To take by force, or to take possession without the right to do so
Callow
Immature or inexperienced
Sanctuary
A place or refuge that usually provides protection
Assiduous
Careful, persistent attention to a task
Draconian
Hard, severe or cruel
Gaudiness
Tastelessly ornate or fancy