AP ENGLISH VOCAB 121-135

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AP ENGLISH VOCAB 121-135
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  1. status quo
    • noun
    • the existing state or condition.
  2. repartee
    • noun
    • 1.
    • a quick, witty reply.

    • 2.
    • conversation full of such replies.

    • 3.
    • skill in making such replies.
  3. incendiary
    • adjective, noun, plural -ar·ies.
    • adjective
    • 1.
    • used or adapted for setting property on fire: incendiary bombs.

    • 2.
    • of or pertaining to the criminal setting on fire of property.

    • 3.
    • tending to arouse strife, sedition, etc.; inflammatory: incendiary speeches.

    • 4.
    • tending to inflame the senses: an incendiary extravaganza of music and dance.


    • noun
    • 5.
    • a person who deliberately sets fire to buildings or other property, as an arsonist.

    • 6.
    • Military . a shell, bomb, or grenade containing napalm, thermite, or some other substance that burns with an intense heat.

    • 7.
    • a person who stirs up strife, sedition, etc.; an agitator.
  4. periphery
    • noun, plural -er·ies.
    • 1.
    • the external boundary of any surface or area.

    • 2.
    • the external surface of a body.

    • 3.
    • the edge or outskirts, as of a city or urban area.

    • 4.
    • the relatively minor, irrelevant, or superficial aspects of the subject in question: The preliminary research did not, of course, take me beyond the periphery of my problem.

    • 5.
    • Anatomy . the area in which nerves end.

    • 1. circumference, perimeter.


    • 1, 2. center.
  5. emissary
    • noun
    • 1.
    • a representative sent on a mission or errand: emissaries to negotiate a peace.

    • 2.
    • an agent sent on a mission of a secret nature, as a spy.

    • 3.
    • Anatomy . sending or coming out, as certain veins that pass through the skull and connect the venous sinuses inside with the veins outside.

    • 4.
    • pertaining to an emissary.


    • adjective
    • 5.
    • Archaic . sent forth, as on a mission.
    • 1. delegate, ambassador, envoy, legate.
  6. venerable
    • adjective
    • 1.
    • commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity; worthy of veneration or reverence, as because of high office or noble character: a venerable member of Congress.

    • 2.
    • a title for someone proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church to have attained the first degree of sanctity or of an Anglican archdeacon.

    • 3.
    • (of places, buildings, etc.) hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations: the venerable halls of the abbey.

    • 4.
    • impressive or interesting because of age, antique appearance, etc.: a venerable oak tree.

    • 5.
    • extremely old or obsolete; ancient: a venerable automobile.


    • noun
    • 6.
    • a venerable person.
  7. brigand
    • noun
    • a bandit, especially one of a band of robbers in mountain or forest regions.Synonyms outlaw, highwayman, desperado, cutthroat
  8. felicity
    • noun, plural -ties.
    • 1.
    • the state of being happy, especially in a high degree; bliss: marital felicity.

    • 2.
    • an instance of this.

    • 3.
    • a source of happiness.

    • 4.
    • a skillful faculty: felicity of expression.

    • 5.
    • an instance or display of this: the many felicities of the poem.
    • 1. See happiness.
  9. magnanimous
    • adjective
    • 1.
    • generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one's enemies.

    • 2.
    • high-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler.

    • 3.
    • proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.
    • 1. big, liberal, unspiteful. 2. See noble.



  10. ubiquitous
    • adjective
    • existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent: ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants.
  11. discern
    • verb (used with object)
    • 1.
    • to perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend: They discerned a sail on the horizon.

    • 2.
    • to distinguish mentally; recognize as distinct or different; discriminate: He is incapable of discerning right from wrong.
  12. veracity
    • noun, plural -ties for 4.
    • 1.
    • habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfulness: He was not noted for his veracity.

    • 2.
    • conformity to truth or fact; accuracy: to question the veracity of his account.

    • 3.
    • correctness or accuracy, as of the senses or of a scientific instrument.

    • 4.
    • something veracious; a truth.
    • 1. honesty, integrity, credibility.
  13. discursive
    • adjective
    • 1.
    • passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.

    • 2.
    • proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition.
    • 1. wandering, long-winded, prolix.
  14. epigram
    • noun
    • 1.
    • any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed.

    • 2.
    • epigrammatic expression: Oscar Wilde had a genius for epigram.

    • 3.
    • a short, often satirical poem dealing concisely with a single subject and usually ending with a witty or ingenious turn of thought.
    • 1. witticism, quip, bon mot.
  15. laconic
    • adjective
    • using few words; expressing much in few words; concise: a laconic reply.

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