AP English: Perrine's Literature Diction

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brier

a thorny stem or twig

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vitality

an energetic style

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staccato

separating the notes; in music

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peril

serious and immediate danger

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vigor

physical strength and good health

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mirage

optical illusion that distorts or inverts objects in a distance

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baronial

impressive in appearance

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refectory

a communal dining-hall

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borsch

a Russian or Polish soup usually containing beet juice as a foundation

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amenities

desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place

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imprudent

rash; not showing care for consequences of an action

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droll

curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement

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notion

an odd or fanciful or fickle idea

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scruple

hesitate on moral grounds

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providence

protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power

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dingy

gloomy and dull

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uncanny

strange or mysterious; especially in an unsettling way

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precarious

not secure; beset with difficulties

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barbarous

savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal

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grotesque

comically or repulsively ugly or distorted figure, creature, or image

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solicitous

full of anxiety and concern

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sloop

a sailing vessel with a single mast set about one third of the boat's length aft of the bow

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siesta

a nap in the early afternoon

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futile

producing no result or effect

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zealous

passionate

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apprehensive

anxious

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tangible

perceptible by touch

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placid

not easily upset or excited

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baying

shout loudly; typically to demand something

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quid

british slang for pound

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acacia

any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia

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diplomat

a person who deals sensitively and effectively with others

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enamelled

coat or decorate (a metallic or hard object) with enamel

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eland

world's largest antelope

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swale

a low area

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impala

African antelope with ridged curved horns; moves with enormous leaps

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indelibly

enduring; cannot be removed or forgotten

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cartridge

a module designed to be inserted into a larger piece of equipment

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hare

run quickly

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shoddy

badly made or done

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mutilated

destroy or injure severely

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nuisance

causing inconvenience or annoyance

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verbena

a purple plant

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grim

depressing or worrying to consider

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gait

a horse's manner of moving

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elation

great happiness and exhilaration

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bellowed

a deep loud roar; typically in pain or anger

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wholly

entirely; fully

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precipitation

raining

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cuckoldry

man whose wife is sexually unfaithful

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foliage

leafy part of tree or plant

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inquest

an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death

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tottering

feeble or unsteady

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pasture

plants grown for feeding of grazing animals

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furtive

done in a quiet and secretive way to avoid being noticed

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lye

a strong solution of sodium or potassium hydroxide

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navel

the center point or middle of something

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perspiration

process of sweating

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stout

somewhat fat or of heavy build

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ream

large quantity of something

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doctrine

a belief accepted as authoritative by some group or school

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collard

variety of kale having smooth leaves

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chitlins

small intestines of pigs that are cooked and eaten

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churn

agitate or turn (milk or cream) in a machine in order to produce butter

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65

reckon

believe that something is true or possible

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snuff

extinguish (a candle)

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67

eiderdown

a soft quilt usually filled with the down of the eider

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ermine

the expensive white fur of the ermine

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abreast

alongside each other, facing in the same direction

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resolute

firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination

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mellow

soften

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delinquents

showing a tendency to commit crime

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thicket

dense group of bushes or trees

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nary

colloquial for not a' or not one' or `never a'

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cur

cowardly and despicable person

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sic

urge to attack someone

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steeple

church tower and spire

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obstinate

persistly stubborn

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boisterous

noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy

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reprimand

scold formally

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jovial

cheerful and friendly

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paraphernalia

equipment

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duly

following proper procedure or arrangement

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interminably

all the time; seemingly without stopping

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bonny

very pleasing to the eye

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pram

4 wheeled carriage for a baby

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stealth

avoiding detection by moving carefully

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steed

a spirited horse for state or war

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writ

a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer

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90

writhe

to move in a twisting or contorted motion,

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91

overwrought

state of nervous excitement or anxiety

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divulged

make known (private or sensitive information)

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emancipated

free from traditional social restraints

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quaint

attractively unusual or old-fashioned

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trivet

stand used for hot pots to avoid damage on tables

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96

platitude

a trite or obvious remark

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prerogative

a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group

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poignancy

evoke sense of sadness or regret

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bigotry

the intolerance and prejudice

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ingenuity

being clever, original, and incentive

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