Final Vocab

Card Set Information

Final Vocab
2011-05-15 12:21:29
Pre AP English

Terms and Vocab for Mr. William's Final
Show Answers:

  1. acquiesce
    to give in to, to agree to
  2. adamant
    unshakable or insistent especially in maintaining a position or opinion : unyielding
  3. ambivalent
    simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action/continual fluctuation (as between one thing and its opposite)/uncertainty as to which approach to follow
  4. amity
  5. anomaly
    : deviation from the common rule : irregularity/ something anomalous : something different, abnormal, peculiar, or not easily classified
  6. appalled
    : to overcome with consternation, shock, or dismay <we were appalled by his behavior>
  7. banality
    lacking originality, freshness, or novelty : trite
  8. capricious
    a : a sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated notion or actionb : a sudden usually unpredictable condition, change, or series of changes <the caprices of the weather>
  9. caustic
    capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action :corrosive/ marked by incisive sarcasm
  10. chariness
    : discreetly cautious: asa : hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risksb : slow to grant, accept, or expend <a person very chary of compliments>
  11. circumscription
  12. congeniality (congenial)
    : existing or associated together harmoniouslyb : pleasant; especially : agreeably suited to one's nature, tastes, or outlook <a congenial atmosphere>c : sociable, genial <a congenial host>
  13. contemplative
    marked by or given to contemplation; specifically : of or relating to a religious order devoted to prayer and penance
  14. contemptuous
    manifesting, feeling, or expressing deep hatred or disapproval : feeling or showing contempt
  15. cordial
    obsolete : of or relating to the heart : vital : tending to revive, cheer, or invigorate <bottles full of excellent cordial waters — Daniel Defoe>a : sincerely or deeply felt <a cordial dislike for each other>b : warmly and genially affable <cordial relations>
  16. crux
    : a puzzling or difficult problem : an essential point requiring resolution or resolving an outcome <the crux of the problem> an unsolved question a main or central feature (as of an argument)
  17. cuckold
    a man who has been cheated on
  18. cursory
    shallow, quick, not through
  19. cynical
    : having or showing the attitude or temper of a cynic: asa : contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives<those cynical men who say that democracy cannot be honest and efficient — F. D. Roosevelt>b : based on or reflecting a belief that human conduct is motivated primarily by self-interest <a cynical ploy to win votes>
  20. cynicism
    being cynical
  21. daunting
    tending to overwhelm or intimidate <a daunting task>
  22. decourous
    : marked by propriety and good taste : correct <decorousconduct>
  23. delusion
    a : something that is falsely or delusively believed or propagatedb : a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained
  24. depravity
    : a corrupt act or practice
  25. derision
    a : the use of ridicule or scorn to show contemptb : a state of being laughed at or ridiculed : a state of being derided/ an object of ridicule or scorn
  26. determinism
    a : a theory or doctrine that acts of the will, occurrences in nature, or social or psychological phenomena are causallydetermined by preceding events or natural lawsb : a belief in predestination
  27. didacitc
    a : designed or intended to teachb : intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment <didactic poetry>
  28. disingenuous
    : lacking in candor; also : giving a false appearance of simplefrankness : calculating
  29. disparagingly
    : to lower in rank or reputation : degrade/: to depreciate by indirect means (as invidious comparison) :speak slightingly about
  30. disparity
    : containing or made up of fundamentally different and oftenincongruous elements/ markedly distinct in quality or character
  31. drolly
    humorously odd
  32. duality
    quality of being two sided
  33. duplicity
    : contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action;especially : the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or action/ : the quality or state of being double or twofold
  34. eccentric
    a : deviating from an established or usual pattern or style<eccentric products>b : deviating from conventional or accepted usage or conduct especially in odd or whimsical ways <an eccentricmillionaire>/ a : deviating from a circular path; especially : elliptical 1<an eccentric orbit>b : located elsewhere than at the geometrical center; also :having the axis or support so located <an eccentric wheel>
  35. elicit
    : to draw forth or bring out (something latent or potential) <hypnotism elicited his hidden fears>/ to call forth or draw out (as information or a response)<her remarks elicited cheers>
  36. enigma
  37. equivocal
    a : subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse <an equivocal statement>b : uncertain as an indication or sign <equivocal evidence>/ a : of uncertain nature or classification <equivocal shapes>b : of uncertain disposition toward a person or thing :undecided <an equivocal attitude>
  38. exorbitant
    : not coming within the scope of the law/ : exceeding the customary or appropriate limits in intensity, quality, amount, or size
  39. extraneous
    : existing on or coming from the outside <extraneous light>/ a : not forming an essential or vital part <extraneousornamentation>b : having no relevance <an extraneous digression>
  40. facetious
    : joking or jesting often inappropriately : waggish <just beingfacetious>/ : meant to be humorous or funny : not serious <a facetiousremark>
  41. farcical
    : of, relating to, or resembling farce : ludicrous/ : laughably inept : absurd
  42. fawning
    : to show affection —used especially of a dog/ : to court favor by a cringing or flattering manner
  43. flippant
    : lacking proper respect or seriousness
  44. hypothetical
    : being or involving a hypothesis : conjectural <hypotheticalarguments> <a hypothetical situation>
  45. imperious
    a : befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments : commanding, dominant <an imperious manner>b : marked by arrogant assurance : domineering
  46. impertinent
    a : not restrained within due or proper bounds especially of propriety or good taste <impertinent curiosity>b : given to or characterized by insolent rudeness <animpertinent answer>
  47. impudent
    : marked by contemptuous or cocky boldness or disregard of others : insolent
  48. incipent
    : beginning to come into being or to become apparent <anincipient solar system> <evidence of incipient racial tension>
  49. incongrous
    a : not harmonious : incompatible <incongruous colors>b : not conforming : disagreeing <conduct incongruous with principle>c : inconsistent within itself <an incongruous story>d : lacking propriety : unsuitable <incongruous manners>
  50. incredulity/ incredulous
    : unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true : notcredulous : skeptical
  51. induce
    a : to move by persuasion or influenceb : to call forth or bring about by influence or stimulation
  52. innnate
    : existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors presentin an individual from birth : native, inborn <innate behavior>
  53. innuendo
    a : an oblique allusion : hint, insinuation; especially : a veiled or equivocal reflection on character or reputationb : the use of such allusions <resorting to innuendo>
  54. inordinate
    exceeding reasonable limits : immoderate
  55. insouciant
  56. introspective
    looking in, contemplating, self- contemplative
  57. inveterate
    : firmly established by long persistence <the inveteratetendency to overlook the obvious>
  58. irrevocable
    : not possible to revoke : unalterable <an irrevocabledecision>
  59. janus
    : a Roman god that is identified with doors, gates, and all beginnings and that is depicted with two opposite faces
  60. jocular
    : given to jesting : habitually jolly or jocund
  61. jovial
    : markedly good-humored especially as evidenced by jollity and conviviality
  62. judicial/ judicious
    • a : of or relating to a judgment, the function of judging, theadministration of justice, or the judiciary <judicial processes>
  63. lackadaisically
    : lacking life, spirit, or zest : languid
  64. magnanimous
    : showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit <the irreproachable lives and magnanimous sufferings of their followers — Joseph Addison>
  65. malady
  66. malefactor
  67. multifarious
    : having or occurring in great variety : diverse
  68. nonplussed
    : to cause to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do :
  69. obliquely
    a : not straightforward : indirect; also : obscureb : devious, underhanded
  70. obscure
    a : dark, dimb : shrouded in or hidden by darknessc : not clearly seen or easily distinguished : faint <obscuremarkings>
  71. obsequious
    : marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
  72. odious
    : arousing or deserving hatred or repugnance : hateful <anodious crime> <a false and odious comparison>
  73. olfactory
    of or relating to the sense of smell
  74. omniscient
    : having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight
  75. ostentatiously
    : marked by or fond of conspicuous or vainglorious and sometimes pretentious display
  76. pathetic
    : having a capacity to move one to either compassionate or contemptuous pity
  77. patronizing
    to adopt an air of condescension toward : treat haughtilyor coolly
  78. pedagogical
    : of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education
  79. pedantic/ pedantry
    : narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned
  80. pedestrian
    : commonplace, unimaginative
  81. posturing
    : to cause to assume a given posture : pose
  82. pragmatic
    : relating to matters of fact or practical affairs often to the exclusion of intellectual or artistic matters : practical as opposed to idealistic <pragmatic men of power have had no time or inclination to deal with … social morality — K. B. Clark>
  83. prattle
    : to utter or make meaningless sounds suggestive of the chatter of children :
  84. pristine
    a : not spoiled, corrupted, or polluted (as by civilization) :pure <a pristine forest>
  85. proprietary
    : one that possesses, owns, or holds exclusive right to something; specifically :
  86. prowess
    : distinguished bravery; especially : military valor and skill
  87. rancorous
    marked by bitter deep-seated ill will
  88. reconcile
    a : to restore to friendship or harmony <reconciled the factions>
  89. reprove
    : to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent
  90. reticent
    : restrained in expression, presentation, or appearance <the room has an aspect of reticent dignity — A. N. Whitehead>
  91. ruminate
    to ponder, to contemplate
  92. sardonic
    disdainfully or skeptically humorous : derisively mocking <asardonic comment>, bitterly sarcastic
  93. scathing
    : bitterly severe <a scathing condemnation>
  94. sedulous
    : involving or accomplished with careful perseverance<sedulous craftsmanship>/ diligent in application or pursuit <a sedulous student>
  95. self- deprecating
    delf- depreciating, ovely critcal of one's self
  96. sneering
    : to smile or laugh with facial contortions that express scorn or contempt
  97. ssubterfuge
    : deception by artifice or strategem in order to conceal, escape, or evade
  98. tainted
    : to contaminate morally : corrupt <scholarship tainted by envy>, no longer pure
  99. trepidation
    : a nervous or fearful feeling of uncertain agitation :apprehension <trepidation about starting a new job>, shaking
  100. unobtrusive
    : not obtrusive : not blatant, arresting, or aggressive :
  101. vicarious
    : performed or suffered by one person as a substitute for another or to the benefit or advantage of another :
  102. volatile
    a : lighthearted, livelyb : easily aroused <volatile suspicions>c : tending to erupt into violence : explosive <a volatiletemper>
  103. whimsical
    a : resulting from or characterized by whim or caprice;especially : lightly fanciful <whimsical decorations>
  104. wistful
    : full of yearning or desire tinged with melancholy; also :inspiring such yearning <a wistful memoir>