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Glossary of AP English Vocabulary Words

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Ambrosial
exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; extremely delicious; excellent
Adonis
very handsome young man
Atlas
book of maps
Draconian
cruel; harsh; severe; ironhanded
Echolalia
automatic and immediate repetition
Forum
any medium or place for open discussion and expression of ideas—a public meeting, a radio or TV discussion, editorial page, etc
Hector
bully; intimidate with threats; bluster
Hermetic
airtight
Thespian
pertaining to the drama or acting
Martial
pertaining to war; warlike
Narcissistic
in love with oneself; excessively fascinated and gratified by one’s own physical and mental qualities; egocentric
Paean
song or hymn of praise, joy, or triumph
Philippic
bitter denunciation, tirade
Plutocratic
having great influence because of one’s wealth
Odyssey
any long series of wanderings or travels
Siren
dangerous, attractive woman; a woman who sings sweetly; apparatus for sounding loud warnings
Stentorian
very loud
Aboard
on a ship, train, bus, etc.; on
Amiss
wrong; imperfect
Anon
soon; presently
Asunder
in an apart position; apart
Begrimed
cover with grime; make dirty
Behest
command; order
Behooved
be necessary for; be proper for
Belittle
cause to be or seem little or unimportant; disparage
Beset
attack on all sides; surround
Betimes
early
Cumbersome
full of encumbrances; burdensome
Foundling
infant found after being deserted by its unknown parents
Noisome
offensive to the sense of smell; unwholesome

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