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Flashcards in AP English 12 Vocab Deck (20):
1

adjunct

-something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential -added or connected in a subordinate capactity

2

bellwether

-the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughter house -a leader, as in a desperate or violent undertaking -an indicator of trends

3

caterwaul

-to howl or screech like a cat -to quarrel -harsh or noisy cry

4

chimerical

absurd, wildly fantastic, impossible

5

effete

lacking in energy, out of date, sterile or unable to produce

6

fait accompli

an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed

7

hidebound

narrow-minded in opinions and prejudices, stubbornly conservative

8

hierarchy

system of things in order by rank

9

liturgy

religious service or rite, act of public worship

10

mirage

an illusion

11

morass

-soft wet ground, a swamp -confusing situation in which one is entrapped

12

noisome

offensive, foul-smelling, harmful

13

oblivious

forgetful, unaware

14

poltroon

the lowest of all cowards

15

proselyte

a convert, a disciple

16

quasi

resembling but not actually being something, semi

17

raillery

good-humored ridicule, teasing

18

ribald

irreverently mocking, vulgar in language

19

supine

-lying flat on ones back -lethargic or passive

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vignette

short description or sketch