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Templet Spring 2017

vocabulary for English II

TermDefinition
esoteric intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.
audacious showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.; showing an impudent lack of respect.
amiable having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner.
nostalgic characterized by or exhibiting feelings of nostalgia, sentimental, remembrance
sarcastic marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt.
nihilism an extreme form of skepticism that denies that existence is real
vacuous lacking intelligence; stupid
condescending having or showing a feeling of patronizing superiority.
benevolent well meaning and kindly, good-hearted, compassionate
kowtow to bow down, to kneel with forehead touching forehead to ground
indeliable unable to erase,, permanent
innocuous not harmful or offenstive
caustic able to burn or corrode; sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way
fiasco a thing that is a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way.
facetious creating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
countenance face, facial expression, outward appearance
beguile using charm to enchant someone in a deceptive way
faux pas a mistake, a misstep, French false step
loquacious too talkative; garrulous
incontrovertible impossible to dispute; unquestionable; not able to change
anachronism something that appears our of its normal time frame
blank verse unrhymed verse with iambic pentameter
foil a character who by contrast enhances the distinctive characteristics of another
foreshadowing a hint that something will happen later in the story
allusion a reference to a famous historic or literary figure or event
aside a character turns to the audience and speaks directly
pun a play on words to create humor
tragic hero a character of noble birth or high standing with a character flaw.
dramatic irony The reader/audience knows something that the characters do not know.
soliloquy when a character speaks his thoughts aloud on stage.
bequeathing giving or leaving by means of a will
pandemonium a wild uproar, tumult, chaos
appeased brought to a state of peace; quieted
oration a speech made in a formal and dignified manner
banished driven our or removed from a home or country by an authority
supercilious behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.
savory tasty; pleasing; attractive, or agreeable
ambivalence the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
inherent firmly established by nature
verbose using or expressed in more words than are needed.
coercion use of force to get someone to obey
inane silly senseless
indefatigable tireless
amorphous formless, lacking shape or definition
trepidation fear, nervous apprehension
edict a proclamation having the force of law; order
defile to make unclean or impure; to corrupt the purity or
transgression infringement or violation of a law, command, or duty
auspicious showing or suggesting that future success is likely
lamentation n expression of sorrow, mourning, or regret
Created by: Colonels