AP English Vocabulary

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Section 1

Question Answer
colloquialappropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal
artificialLacking naturalness or spontaneity; Forced; contrived; synthetic
detachedimpartial or objective; disinterested; unbiased; not involved or concerned
poeticpossessing the qualities of charm of poetry
moralisticcharacterized by or displaying a concerned with morality; marked by narrowminded morality
idiomaticpeculiar to or characteristic of a particular language or dialect;having a distinct style or character especially in the arts
Esotericunderstood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; private; secret
symboliccharacterized by or involving the use of symbols
simple not grand or sophisticated; unpretentious; not complex or complicated
figurative of the nature of or involving a figure of speech, especially a metaphor
bombastichigh-sounding but with little meaning; inflated.
abstrusehard to understand; secret, hidden; esoteric

Section 2

Question Answer
grotesqueodd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre, distorted
scholarlyconcerned with academic learning; of, like, or befitting a scholar
vulgarcharacterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste; obscene
insipidwithout distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; bland
precisedefinitely or strictly stated, defined, or fixed, explicit
Learnedhaving much knowledge; scholarly; erudite
Picturesquestrikingly graphic or vivid; creating detailed mental images
homespunplain; unpolished; unsophisticated; simple
provincialbelonging or peculiar to some particular province; local; having or showing the manners, viewpoints, etc. considered characteristic of unsophisticated inhabitants of a province
trite lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition
obscurenot clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, uncertain
archaicmarked by the characteristics of an earlier period; primitive; ancient
uppityaffecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; snobbish

Section 3

Question Answer
verbosecharacterized by the use of too many words
abstractdifficult to understand; abstruse
bitingcutting, sarcastic
brusqueabrupt in manner; blunt
cacophonoushaving a harsh or unpleasant sound
casualwithout definite or serious intention; careless or offhand; seeming or tending to be indifferent to what is happening
causticseverely critical or sarcastic; fighting, mordant, bitter
concreteconstituting an actual thing or instance; real; pertaining to or concerned with realities or actual instances rather than abstractions
colorfulrichly eventful or picturesque; presenting or suggesting vivid or striking seems
Crispinvigorating, fresh, brisk
Curtrudely brief and speech or abrupt in matter; Short, brief, concise
denotativeThe primary or specific meaning of the word. Dictionary definition
unifyingto make/become a singlue unite; unite; combine

Section 4

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divisivecreating dissension or discord; forming or expressing division
emotionalpertaining to our involving emotion or the emotions; appealing to the emotions
euphoniouspleasant in sound
fancifulcharacterized by or showing fancy; capricious or whimsical in appearance; Imaginary; visionary
floweryrhetorically ornate or precious; bombastic
formalusage of a language in which syntax, pronunciation, etc, follow traditional standards of correctness and usage is characterized by absence of casual and colloquial forms
inflammatorytending to arouse anger, hostility, passion; arousing
informalsuitable to or characteristic of casual and farmiliar, but educated, speech or writing
insincerenot honest in the expression of actual feeling; hypocritical; deceitful
jargonthe language, especially vocabulary peculiar to a particular trade, profeesion or group
loadedcharged with emotional or associative significance that blocks rational or unprejudiced consideration of the terms inolved in a discourse
lyricalexpressing spontaneous, direct feeling; having the form and musical quality of a song
technicalpeculiar to/characteristic of a partriuclar art, science, profession, trade; treating subject matter in a manner peculiar to a particular field

Section 5

Question Answer
melodiousof the nature/ characterized by melody; tuneful; sweet-sounding
monosyllabichaving a vocabulary comprised primarily of monosyllaboles or short, simple words
nostalgica wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life
offensivecausing resentful displeasure; highly irritating
ornateelaborately adorned, showy, emellished with rhetoric
passionatehaving, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling
patrioticexpressing/inspired by patriotism; love of one's country
politicalof, pertaining to, or concerned with politics/government
romanticrelating to or of the nature of romance; characteristic or suggestive of the world of romance
sentimentalexpressed/appealing to sentiment, especially tender emotions and feelings (love, pity or nostalgia)
shockingcausing intense surprise, disgust, horror
sincerefree of deciet, hypocrisy or falseness; earnest; genuine
subduedguiet; repressed; controlled; lowered in intensity or strength
tamelacking in excitement; dull