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Glossary of American Lit Vocab

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concilatory
regain ot try to regain in friendship by pleasant behavior
paradox
statement that is contradictory to common sense, but might be true
dogmatic
characterized by having strong assertive opinion about something that cannot be backed by factual evidence (church, government)
sublime
impressing mind with sense of power
inert
unactive or lifeless
rescind
to take back, revoke, or repeal
abrogation
an official or legal cancellation
ameliorate
to improve
indigenous
originating or occuring naturally in an area or environment
pallor
paleness
gaunt
extremely thin and bony in appearance
augur
sign that something good is going to happen
formidable
causing fear, dread, awe, and wonder; qualities that discourage approach
propriety
fitness, rightness or correctness of morals or behaviors
malign
to speak harmful truths, to speak evil of
contentious
argumentative, disputive, getting into fights
autocratic
a government run by one person with absolute power
licentious
disregard for strict rules of correctness
inept
without skill for a particular task
malevolence
showing or arising from ill will or hatred
orthodox
conforming to establish doctrine, especially in religion
ingratiating
charming, agreeable, grateful
predilection
a preferance
trepidation
fear, trembling agitation
wily
cunning, crafty

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