AP LANG Vocabulary Unit 1

acquistive

(adj.) able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property

acquisitive synonyms

greedy, grasping, avaricious, retentive

arrogate

(v.) to claim or take without right

arrogate synonyms

expropriate, usurp, commandeer

banal

(adj.) hackneyed, trite, commonplace

banal synonyms

stale, insipid

belabor

(v.) to work on excessively; to thrash soundly

belabor synonyms

overwork

carping

(adj.) tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; (n.) petty, nagging criticism

carping synonyms

(adj.) nit-picking, caviling

coherent

(adj.) holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful

coherent synonyms

connected, unified, consistent, cohesive

congeal

(v.) to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid

congeal synonyms

harden, jell, coagulate, solidify

emulate

(v.) to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model

emulate synonyms

copy, mimic, rival, match, measure up to

encomium

(n.) a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute

encomium synonyms

panegyric, eulogy, commendation

eschew

(v.) to avoid, shun, keep away from

eschew synonyms

abstain from, steer clear of, forgo

germane

(adj.) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting

germane synonyms

pertinent

insatiable

(adj.) so great or demanding as not to be satisfied

insatiable synonyms

unquenchable, ravenous, voracious

intransigent

(adj.) refusing to compromise, irreconcilable

intransigent synonyms

uncompromising, unyielding, obdurate

invidious

(adj.) offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment

invidious synonyms

malicious, spiteful, prejudicial, pejorative

largesse

(n.) generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions

largesse synonyms

liberality, munificence, bounty

reconnaissance

(n.) a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination

reconnaissance synonyms

scouting expedition

substantiate

(v.) to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to

substantiate synonyms

verify, confirm, validate, authenticate

taciturn

(adj.) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little

taciturn synonyms

tight-lipped, uncommunicative, laconic

temporize

(v.) to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise

temporize synonyms

hedge, dillydally, procrastinate

tenable

(adj.) capable of being held or defended

tenable synonyms

defensible, justifiable, maintainable