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AP English Vocab Set 1

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Audacity
boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions
Flaunt
to parade or display oneself conspicuously, defiantly, or boldly
Chagrin
a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation
Wry
bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing
Arbitrary
subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one's discretion
Callous
insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic
Levy
an imposing or collecting, as of a tax, by authority or force
Buttress
to support by a buttress; prop up
Presage
to portend, foreshow, or foreshadow
Reprehensible
deserving of reproof, rebuke, or censure; blameworthy
Casual
of, constituting, or implying a cause
Inductive
of, relating to, or employing logical induction; broadly applying that which is specific to that which is general
Antithetical
directly opposed or contrasted; opposite
Apprehension
anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil
Fortitude
mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously
Clandestine
characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious
Culpable
deserving blame or censure; blameworthy
Civil
adhering to the norms of polite social interaction; not deficient in common courtesy
Juxtapose
to place close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast
Ad Hominem
attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument; appealing to one's prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one's intellect or reason
Emancipation
the act of freeing or state of being freed; liberation
Retrospective
directed to the past; contemplative of past situations, events, etc
Illicit
not legally permitted or authorized; unlicensed; unlawful
Allude
to refer casually or indirectly; make an allusion
Intimate
to indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest
Validate
to make valid; substantiate; confirm
Epigraph
an suitable and relevant quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc
Agnostic
a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience
Affluence
abundance of money, property, and other material goods; riches; wealth; an abundant supply, as of thoughts or words; profusion
Sanctity
holiness, saintliness, or godliness; sacred or hallowed character
Divinity
the quality of being divine; divine nature; deity; godhood; a divine being; God
Psychoanalysis
a systematic structure of theories concerning the relation of conscious and unconscious psychological processes
Mysticism
a doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding, or of a direct, intimate union of the soul with God through contemplation
Taboo
proscribed by society as improper or unacceptable
Benighted
intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened; backward, primitive, crude, uncultivated
Subordinate
placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank; of less importance; secondary; subject to or under the authority of a superior
Repulsive
capable of causing repulsion; serving to repulse
Irony
a literary technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated
Subterranean
existing, situated, or operating below the surface of the earth; underground
Penchant
a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something
Misandry
hatred of males
Amalgam
a mix of different elements
Equestrian
of or relating to horseback riding or horseback riders
Indelible
making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or the like; that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed
Epitome
a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class