English Midterm Vocabulary

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foreboding
feeling before hand
unabridged
not made shorter
misdeed
bad act
unquenchable
not capable of being satisfied
outspoken
speaking out freely
undersell
to sell at a lower price
overbearing
domineering over others
upstart
person that has suddenly risen to wealth or power
foresight
`power of seeing beforehand what is likely to happen
notwithstanding
in spite of
adherent
faithful supporter
inscribe
write, engrave, or print to create a lasting record
avocation
hobby
excised
cut out
bilateral
having two sides
implicate
show to be part of or connected with
antecedent
ancestors
extraneous
coming from or existing outside
postdate
assigned date after the true date
imminent
hanging over one's head; threatening; about to occur; impending
narrative
records information about the writer's own travels to an unfamiliar place
Puritan plain style
writing which uncomplicated sentences and ordinary words are use to make simple, direct statements
apostrophe
the writer or speaker of a poem direct his speech to an imaginary person or personified object
aphorism
short sayings with a message
faustian legend
a story based on a deal with the devil that involves an exchange of a character's soul for worldly possessions
omniscient narrator
sees and knows everything within the story. tells the reader things that the characters do not know, things that no human could ever know, knows thoughts and feelings of all the characters, in the third person point of view
iamb
"foot", two syllables
allegory
a literary work in which characters, objects, and events represents abstract qualities and ideas
couplet
a two line stanza
vignette
impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or gives a sharply focused impression about a character, idea, setting, or an object
iambic pentameter
line of poetry with five iambic feet
frame story
story made of smaller stories