ap lang unit 1 vocab

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adjunct (n)
something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential; an assistant or helper; a valuable quality or characteristic; (adj) added or connected in a subordinate capacity; attached to a faculty or staff in an auxiliary capacity. syn: associate, addition, accessory
bellwether (n)
the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; a leader, as in a desperate or violent undertaking; an indicator of trends.
caterwaul (v)
to howl or screech like a cat; to quarrel; a harsh or noisy cry; a racket
chimerical (adj)
absurd; wildly fantastic; impossible
effete (adj)
lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn-out or exhausted; sterile or unable to produce; out of date.
fait accompli (n)
an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action.
hidebound (adj)
narrow-minded and rigid; especially in opinions or prejudices, stubbornly or unthinkingly conservative
hierarchy (n)
any system of things or people arranged or graded one above another in order of rank, wealth, class, etc.
liturgy (n)
a religious service or rite; the form of a ritual or other act of public worship
mirage (n)
something illusory, without substance, or without a basis in reality; an illusion
morass (n)
a patch of low, soft, wet ground; a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand
noisome (adj)
offensive or disgusting; foul-smelling; harmful or injurious
oblivious (adj)
forgetful; unaware
poltroon (n)
a base coward (pussy)
proselytizing (n)
a convert; a disciple syn - novice, neophyte
quasi (adj)
resembling but not actually being, seemingly but not actually or completely
raillery (n)
good-humored ridicule, teasing syn - banter
ribald (adj)
irreversibly mocking, coarse, vulgar, or indecent in language ant: proper
supine (adj)
lying flat on one's back, listless or lethargic, apathetic or passive ant: erect, perpendicular
vignette (n)
a short description or sketch; a picture or illustration with edges that gradually shade off; a decorative design on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter syn: thumbnail sketch, anecdote