AP Lit Vocab (List 1/2/3, Prose Passage + The Awakening + Gatsby)

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austere

Grave, serious, sober (sober = serious or solemn)

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benevolent

Suggestive of goodwill, kindness, generosity

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bitter

Exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief

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compassionate

Sympathetic and showing concern for others

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derisive

Ridiculing, mocking

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disdainful

Scornful, feeling or belief that something or someone is worthless or despicable

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didactic

speaker or author attempts to educate or instruct the reader

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8

funereal

Having the mournful, somber character of a funeral; sepulchral; gloomy

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9

jovial

happy

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lamentable

Mournful; marked by regret

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learned

Scholarly; erudite

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malevolent

Having or showing a desire to harm another; arising from intense and vicious ill will, spite, or hatred; malicious

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melancholic

sorrowful

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morose

Gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent

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15

pedantic

  1. Unimaginative and dull; 2) Narrowly or stodgily (Very old-fashioned) or often very ostentatiously learned

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reverent

Treating a subject with honor and respect

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solemn

sad and serious; somber

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woeful

wretched, unhappy

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Apathetic

indifferent due to lack of energy or concern

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Bantering

Playful or witty

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Condescending

Possessing a feeling of superiority

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Conventional

Lacking originality, spontaneity, and individuality

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Earnest

Intense, sincere state of mind

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Elegiac

Mournful, lamenting, sorrowful

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Lyrical

Expressing a poet's inner feelings; emotional; full of images; song-like

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Melodramatic

Emotional or dramatic in a way that is very extreme or exaggerated

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Obsequious

Polite and obedient in order to gain something

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Oppressive

Overwhelming or depressive to the spirit or senses; unreasonably burdensome or severe

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Poignant

  1. Painfully affecting the feelings; emotionally cutting, piercing, touching; 2) designed to make an impression

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Quizzical

Odd, eccentric, amusing

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Romantic

Fanciful, impractical, unrealistic; dominated by idealism

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Sentimental

  1. Weakly emotional; 2) expressive of tender emotions, such as nostalgia, love, pity

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Vexed

Annoyed or worried

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bombastic

Marked by pretension; speech or writing meant to sound important or impressive but which is not meaningful or sincere; pompous

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burlesque

Involving ludicrous or mocking treatment of a solemn subject

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cynical

Questioning the basic sincerity and goodness of people

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detached

Aloof and objective

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erudite

learned, polished, scholarly

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haughty

proud and vain to the point of arrogance

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hollow

Meaningless, without significance, empty

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lugubrious

Full of sorrow or sadness; sad in an exaggerated or insincere manner

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moralistic

Characterized by strong feelings of what is right and what is wrong; can be narrow sense of morality (comes off as judgmental)

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objective

an unbiased view-able to leave personal judgments aside

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ostentatious

Displaying knowledge or wealth that is meant to attract attention, admiration, or envy

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45

petulant

Ill-humored; having or showing the attitude of people who get angry and annoyed when they do not get what they want

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pretentious

having or showing the unpleasant quality of people who want to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or important than they really are

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satiric

ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point, teach

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turgid

excessively ornate or complex in style or language, pompous, bombastic

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wry

Slightly sarcastic in a humorous way; clever with a bit of irony

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