AP Lang & Comp: Vocabulary List 2

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Ameliorate

(v.) to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming

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Aplomb

(n.) poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity

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Bombastic

(adj.) pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas

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Callow

(adj.) without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers

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Drivel

(n.) foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense

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Epitome

(n.) a summary, condensed account; the perfect example

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Exhort

(v.) to urge strongly, advise earnestly

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Ex officio

(adj., adv.) by virtue of holding a certain office

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Infringe

(v.) to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds

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Ingratiate

(v.) to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others (sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense)

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Interloper

(n.) one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder

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Intrinsic

(adj.) belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part

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Inveigh

(v.) to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval

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Lassitude

(n.) weariness of body or mind, lack of energy

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Millennium

(n.) a period of one thousand years; a period of great joy

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Occult

(adj.) mysterious, magical, supernatural; secret, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary means; (v.) to hide, conceal; eclipse; (n.) matters involving the supernatural

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Permeate

(v.) to spread through, penetrate, soak through

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Precipitate

(v.) to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height, to give distinct form to; (adj.) characterized by excessive haste; (n.) moisture; the product of an action or process

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Stringent

(adj.) strict, severe; rigorously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste

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Surmise

(v.) to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess; (n.) likely idea that lacks definite proof

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