Vocabulary Ch. 1&2

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Vocabulary Ch. 1&2
2013-08-27 22:41:49
AP Lit

AP literature vocabulary definitions chapters 1 and 2
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  1. Adjunct
    (n.) something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential
  2. Bellwether
    (n.) a leader, as in a desperate or violent undertaking
  3. Caterwaul
    (v.) to howl or screech like a cat
  4. Chimerical
    (adj.) Absurd; wildly fantastic; impossible
  5. Effete
    (adj.) lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn-out
  6. Fait Accompli
    (n.) an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed
  7. Hidebound
    (adj.) narrow-minded and rigid
  8. Hierarchy
    (n.) any system of things or people arranged one above another in order of rank
  9. Liturgy
    (n.) a religious service or rite
  10. Mirage
    (n.) something illusory, without a basis in reality
  11. Morass
    (n.) a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped
  12. Noisome
    (adj.) offensive or disgusting
  13. Oblivious
    (adj.) forgetful; unaware
  14. Poltroon
    (n.) a base coward
  15. Proselyte
    (n.) a convert; a disciple
  16. Quasi
    (adj.) resembling but not actually being
  17. Raillery
    (n.) good-humored ridicule; teasing
  18. Ribald
    (adj.) irreverently mocking; vulgar
  19. Supine
    (adj.) lying flat on one's back; listless or lethargic
  20. Vignette
    (n.) a short description or sketch
  21. Aegis
    (n.) protection; patronage; sponsorship
  22. Apprise
    (v.) to inform of
  23. Bibulous
    (adj.) fond or inclined to drink
  24. Claque
    (n.) a group of people hired to applaud a performer; enthusiastic admirers
  25. Deracinate
    (v.) to pull up by the roots; to eliminate all traces of
  26. Eleemosynary
    (adj.) charitable; derived from or provided by charity
  27. Indigenous
    (adj.) originating in the region where found
  28. Lachrymose
    (adj.) given to tears or weeping
  29. Lexicon
    (n.) a dictionary of a language
  30. Melee
    (n.) a violent free-for-all
  31. Microcosm
    (n.) a miniature world or universe; model
  32. Minuscule
    (adj.) very small, tiny (n.) a lowercase letter
  33. Obfuscate
    (v.) to darken or obscure; to confuse
  34. Paternalism
    (n.) the policy of treating people in the manner of a father
  35. Polarize
    (v.) to cause light to vibrate in a pattern
  36. Purview
    (n.) the range, extent, or scope of something
  37. Sanguine
    (adj.) of a naturally cheerful, confident, or optimistic outlook
  38. Solecism
    (n.) a breach of etiquette
  39. Vassal
    (n.) a subordinate or dependent; a servant
  40. Verisimilitude
    (n.) the quality of appearing to be true or real