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English Vocab

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extremity
the end part of a limb, as a foot or hand
conspicuous
easily seen or noticed;readily visible or observable
hypocrite
person whyo is two-faced
personification
a literary device in which human attributes are given to a non-human such as an animal, object, or concept
acquittal
a discharge
adversary
a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks
futile
useless
primitive
early in the history of the world
tone
the writers attitude towards the story, poem, characters, or audience. A writer's tone may be formal or informal, friendly or anxious, personal, or anxious
cynical
having little faith in human nature
procure
to obtain
indulge
to take pleasure freely
provoke
to irritate or anger
innate
existing in one from birth; inborn; native
primeval
of or pertaining to the first age especially of the world
acuteness
a sensitivity that is keen and highly developed
vexation
that which is annoying or distressing
perjury
act of willfully telling an untruth under oath
climax
the point in the plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest. After this point, nothing can remain the same; greatest turning point.
auspicious
favorable
chivalrous
considerate and courteous
foreshadowing
use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in the story, often used in to build suspense or tension in a story
humble
having or showing low sense of self
archetype
a term used to describe universal symbols that evoke deep and unconscious respnses in a reader. In literature characters, images, and themes that symbollically embody universal meanings and basic human experiences, regardless of when or where they live, are considered archetypes
amenities
any feature that provides comfort, convenience, or pleasure
articulate
to utter clearly and distinctly; pronounced with clarity
palpable
capable of being touched or felt; tangible
inconspicous
not noticeable or prominet
alliteration
repetition of the same sound in a sequence of words, usually at the beginning of a word
timid
easily frightened
denotation
dictionary definition of a word
indict
to accuse a person formally by legal process
insinuate
to suggest or hint slyly
perpetual
continuing or enduring forever
abhorrent
detestable
gallant
brave and chivalrous
hyperbole
major exagerated statement that adds emphasis without intending to be literally true
appall
dismay
tragedy
a play in which a major character suffers a downfall
plot
sequence of events in a story usually involves characters and a conflict
credibility
being believable
antagonist
the character, force, or collection of forces in fiction or drama taht opposes the protagonist and gives rise to the conflict of the story; an opponent of the protagonist
connotation
associations and implications that go beyond the written word
vigor
active strength or force
feeble
weak
soliloquy
a long speech made by a character who is onstage alone and who reveals his private feelings to the audience
profane
blasphemous
dogged
persistent
conjuration
supernatural accomplishment by spell or invocation
monologue
a long speech made by a character to other characters
onomatopoeia
use of words that imitate sounds
cunning
crafty or sly
point of view
the perspective or vantage point from which a story or poem is told
torment
to abuse
elusive
different to find or catch
culprit
a person guilty of or responsible for an offense
menacing
threatening or foreshadowing evil
aristocrat
anything regarded as the best, most elegant, or most stylish
oppressive
harsh or cruel
apothecary
druggist
contempt
feeling of scorn or extreme
populace
all the inhabitants of a place
allegory
story or poem in which the characters, setting, and events stand for other people or events or for abstract ideas or qualities. Can be read for a literal meaning and on a second, symbolic meaning
cordiality
a heartfelt act
nocturnal
of or in the night
eddy
a small whirlpool
eccentricity
peculiarity
apprehension
anticipation of future trouble
facade
outward appearance especially a deceptive one
calamity
a great misfortune or disaster
ruefully
regretfully
expound
to explain or interpret
thesis
the organizing thought of an entire essay or piece of writing and which contains a subject and an opinion
oxymoron
a condensed form of parodox in which two contorodictory words are used together
mutilate
to disfigure or destroy especially by cutting
erratic
inconsistent
abominable
very unpleasant
malignant
dangerous or harmful in some effect or influence
flashback
scene that interrupts the normal chronological flow of events in a story to depict something that happened at a earlier time
fraught
filled with a specified element
unfathomable
an act that is difficult to comprehend
contagion
the communication of disease by direct or indirect contact
conciliate
to win over
paraphrase
a prose restatement of the central ideas of a poem in your language
vague
uncertain or ill-defined
symbol
something that means more than it is; an object, person, situation, or action that in addition to its liberal meaning suggests other meanings as well
simultaneous
existing, occurring, or operating at the same time
oblivious
unmindful
conflict
the struggle within the plot between opposing forces. The protagonist engages in the conflict with the antagonist
rouse
to bring out of a state of sleep, inactivity, or fancied security
convict
to prove guilty
primeval
of or pertaining to the first age especially of the world
array
order or arrangement
disperse
to send, drive, or distribute in different directions
couplet
two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme and have the same meter
prowess
exceptional or superior skill, ability, or strength
judicious
sensible
allusion
a brief reference to a person, place, thing, event, or idea in history or literature
theme
an insight about human life that is revealed in a literary work
metaphor
a literary device in which a direct comparison is made between two things essentially unlike

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