AP World Literature II Vocabulary Set V

Topic: Life
Sample donated:
Last updated: May 13, 2019
Amnesty
(n.) a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution

Audacious
(adj.) Fearless and daring

Calumny
(n.) an attempt to spoil someone else’s reputation by spreading lies, misrepresentation

Conundrum
(n.) puzzle, problem, dilemma

Derogatory
(adj.) Insulting or intended to insult

Destitution
(n.) hardship; poverty; misery

Evince
(v.) to demonstrate clearly; to prove

Evocative
(adj.) tending to call to mind or produce a reaction

Ipso Facto
Latin for “By the fact itself”

Machinations
(n.) plots and plans (negative)

Parochialism
(n.) pertaining to only one group; narrowness of interest

Patriarch
(n.) a man who rules a family clan; a very respected old man

Pernicious
(adj.) Highly injurious or destructive

Progeny
(n.) children or descendants or offspring

Rapacity
(n.) inordinate greed; the disposition to obtain one’s desires by force, extortion, or plunder

Recalcitrant
(adj.) stubbornly disobedient, resisting authority

Sedentary
(adj.) characterized by or calling for continued sitting; remaining in one place

Sinuous
(adj.) winding, having many curves; lithe and flexible

Utilitarian
(adj.) relating to or aiming at usefulness, practical

Zenith
(n.) the point of culmination; peak

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