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AP Lang Vocabulary List #6

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Acumen
quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight
Chicanery
trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry: a quibble or subterfuge used to rick, deceive, or evade
Deleterious
injurious to health: harmful, injurious
Epiphany
a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into reality or essential meaning of something usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience
Facetious
not meant to be taken seriously or literally: amusing; humorous: lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous
Homogeneous
composed of parts or elements that are all of the same kind; not heterogeneous: of the same kind or nature; essentially alike
Incognito
having one's identity concealed, as under an assumed name, esp. to avoid notice or formal attentions
Kinetic
pertaining to motion: caused by motion: characterized by movement
Loquacious
talking or tending to talk much freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous
Lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
Nihilism
total rejection of established laws and institutions: anarchy, terrorism, or other revolutionary activity: total and absolute destructiveness, esp, toward the world at large and including oneself
Obsequious
characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning: servilely compliant or deferential
Paradigm
a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, esp. the set of all inflected forms based on a single stem or theme
Precipitous
the nature of or being characterized by an overhanging or extremely steep mass of rocks, such as a crag, or the face of a cliff
Sanguine
cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: reddish; ruddy
Unctuous
characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, esp. in an affected manner, excessively smooth, suave, or smug: of the nature of or characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy
Vacuous
without contents; empty: lacking in ideas or intelligence
Xenophile
a person who is attracted to foreign peoples. cultures, or customs