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Glossary of 11 AP Vocabulary - List 15

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astute
adj - mentally perceptive; shrewd
circumspect
adj - cautious; prudent; wary
contretemps
n - 1 an awkward or embarrassing moment, situation, etc. 2 a slight disagreement.
derision
n - the use of ridicule or scorn to show contempt
encumber
v - 1. to hamper or impede. 2 to burden
ennui
n - boredom or discontent
feral
adj - wild
frenetic
adj - frantic, distracted, hectic or wildly energetic
intractable
adj - 1 said of a person: difficult to control or influence; obstinate. 2 said of a problem, illness, etc: difficult to solve, cure or deal with
mordant
adj - 1 sharply sarcastic or critical; biting
nascent
adj - in the early stages of development
nomenclature
n - a list or set of names
oblivion
n - the state or fact of having forgotten or of being unconscious
ombudsman
n - one that investigates reported complaints (as from students or consumers), reports findings, and helps to achieve equitable settlements
virtuoso
n - one skilled in or having a taste for the fine arts
zealot
n - a fanatical partisan

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