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26 terms

HUCK CRITICAL VOCABULARY

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adroit
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
contrive
come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort
culmination
a final climactic stage
discordant
(adj.) Disagreeable in sound, jarring; Lacking in harmony, conflicting
genteel
marked by refinement in taste and manners
farcical
broadly or extravagantly humorous
idyllic
pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity
implicit
implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations,
insoluble
impossible to solve or fix; unable to be dissolved
juxtapose
place side by side
luster
the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
nadir
the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair.
nascent
coming into being; in early developmental stages
obeisance
a deep bow or other body movement indicating respect or submission; deference, homage
odious
deserving or causing hatred; detestable; hateful
paradigm
model; example that serves as a model; pattern
pejorative
having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect
pernicious
causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful:
platitude
a trite or obvious remark
poignant
affecting or moving the emotions: a poignant scene.
psyche
the human soul, spirit, or mind.
rogue
1. a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel.
2. a playfully mischievous person; scamp:
seminal
highly original and influencing the development of future events (a seminal work of criticism)
transgress
pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
vagabond
a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
whimsical
(adj.) given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious; playful; unpredictable