Pre-AP World Literature Vocabulary List #1

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Last updated: May 10, 2019

altruistic
unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others, generous

ambivalent
having contrary feelings or attitudes, uncertain as to course of action

angular
lean; sharp cornered; gaunt

arrogant
overbearingly assuming; insolently proud

aversion
strond disinclination, disliking

discern
to differentiate between two or more things

disdain
intense dislike; to treat with scorn or contempt to reject as unworthy

disparage
to degrade, to speak of someone or something in a derogatory manner

disparity
inequality, the condition or fact of being unequal in age, rank, or degree

embellish
to decorate, to make beautiful with ornamentation

engender
to cause, to produce, to create

innocuous
harmless, producing no injury

insipid
boring and stupid

lament
to mourn or to express sorrow in a demonstrative manner

laud
to praise, to extol

obscure
difficult to see, vague

ostentatious
showy, pretentious

prodigal
wasteful, a person given to extravagance

repudiate
to reject, to disown, to disavow

reticence
restraint in speech, reluctance to speak

revere
to honor, to regard with respect

serene
calm, placid

subtle
delicate, elusive, not obvious

superfluous
beyond what is needed or required, an overflow

taciturn
quiet, not verbose

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