AP Lang Vocab Quiz #5

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abstruse

difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge

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admonitory

serving to warn

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ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

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amused

finding something funny or entertaining

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apologetic

offering or expressing apology

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arrogant

having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride

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authoritative

commanding and self-confident; likely to be respected and obeyed

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avuncular

resembling a uncle in kindness or indulgence

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bombastic

ostentatiously lofty in style

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callous

make insensitive or callous; deaden feelings or morals

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celebratory

used for celebrating

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conciliatory

intended or likely to placate or pacify

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condescend

behave in a patronizing and condescending manner

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confidant

someone to whom private matters are confided

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contemplative

expressing or involving prolonged thought

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contemptuous

showing contempt; scornful

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conversational

appropriate to an informal conversation

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critical

expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments

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cynical

believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity

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defensive

used or intended to defend or protect

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derisive

expressing contempt or ridicule

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didactic

instructive

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empathic

showing empathy or ready comprehension of others' states

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flippant

showing inappropriate levity

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foreboding

a feeling of evil to come

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formal

characteristic of or befitting a person in authority

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forthright

(of a person or their manner or speech) direct and outspoken; straightforward and honest

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hopeful

having or manifesting hope

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imperturbable

not easily perturbed or excited or upset; marked by extreme calm and composure

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impassioned

filled with or showing great emotion

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indignant

feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment

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inflammatory

arousing or intended to arouse angry or violent feelings

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inquisitive

curious or inquiring

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jovial

cheerful and friendly

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mocking

making fun of someone or something in a cruel way; derisive.

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moralistic

overfond of making moral judgments about others' behavior; too ready to moralize.

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nostalgic

longing for or thinking fondly of a past time or condition

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objective

not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.

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pejorative

expressing contempt or disapproval.

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playful

full of fun and high spirits, fond of games and amusement; lighthearted.

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querulous

complaining in a petulant or whining manner

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reproachful

expressing disapproval or disappointment

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respectful

feeling or showing deference and respect

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reverent

eeling or showing deep and solemn respect

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sagacious

having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment; shrewd

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sarcastic

marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt

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shocked

cause (someone) to feel surprised and upset

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skeptical

not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations

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solemn

formal and dignified

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whimsical

playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way

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