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AP English Language (Vocab, Princeton Review, Lists 6-11)

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alliance a union of two or more groups
disparity inequality in age, rank, or degree; difference
impinge hinder; interfere with
sanction (econ) an economic or military measure put in place to punish another country
servile submissive; like a servant
suppressed subdued; kept from being circulated
embellish to make beautiful by ornamenting; to decorate
florid describing flowery or elaborate speech
opulent exhibiting a display of great wealth
ornate elaborately decorated
ostentatious describing a showy or pretentious display
poignant profoundly moving; touching
ebullience intense enthusiasm
effusive emotionally unrestrained; gushy
egregious conspicuously bad or offensive
flagrant extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable
frenetic wildly excited or active
gratuitous given freely; unearned; unwarranted
superfluous extra; unnecessary
alleviate to ease a pain or burden
asylum a place of retreat or security
auspicious favorable; promising
benevolent well-meaning; generous
benign kind and gentle
mollify to calm or soothe
reclamation the act of making something useful again
sanction to give official authorization or approval
dubious doubtful; of unlikely authenticity
fabricated made; concocted to deceive
hypocrisy the practice of pretending to be something one is not; insincerity
slander false charges and malicious oral statements about someone
spurious not genuine
astute shrewd; clever
clandestine secretive
coup a brilliantly executed plan
disingenuous not straightforward; crafty
ruse a crafty tick
stratagem a clever trick used to deceive or outwit
surreptitiously done by secretive means
wary on guard
wily cunning