AP Lit Vocab List 1

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altruistic

unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others, generous

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ambivalent

having contrary feelings or attitudes, uncertain as to course of action

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angular

lean; sharp cornered; gaunt

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arrogant

overbearingly assuming; insolently proud

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aversion

strong disinclination, disliking

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discern

to differentiate between two or more things

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disdain

intense dislike; to treat with scorn or contempt, to reject as unworthy

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disparge

to degrade, to speak of someone or something in a derogatory manner

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disparity

inequality, the condition or fact of being unequal in age, rank, or degree

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embellish

to decorate, to make beautiful with ornamentation

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engender

to cause, to produce, to create

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innocuous

harmless, producing no injury

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insipid

boring and stupid

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lament

to mourn or to express sorrow in a demonstrative manner

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laud

to praise, to extol

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obscure

difficult to see, vague

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ostentatious

showy, pretentious

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prodigal

wasteful, a person given to extravagance

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repudiate

to reject, to disown, to disavow

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retience

restraint in speech, reluctance to speak

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revere

to honor, to regard with respect

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serene

calm, placid

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subtle

delicate, elusive, not obvious

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superfluous

beyond what is needed or required, an overflow

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taciturn

quiet, not verbose

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