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adulterate
to corrupt
ambidextrous
able to use both hands qually well; skillful; deceitful, hypocritical
augment
to make larger, increase
bereft
deprived of
deploy
to position or arrage
dour
stern, unyielding, gloomy
fortitude
courage in facing difficulties
gape
to stare with open mouth
gibe
to say taunting words; expression of scorn
guise
external appearance (cover, mask)
insidious
intended to deceive or entrap; sly and treacherous
intimation
a hint, indirect suggestion
opulent
wealthy, luxurious, ample, grandiose
pliable
easily bent, flexible
reiterate
to say again; repeat
stolid
not easily moved mentally or emotionall; dull, unresponsive
tentative
experimental in nature; uncertain, hesitant
unkempt
not combed; untidy; rude
verbatim
word for word
warily
cautiously
adroit
skillful
amicable
friendly
averse
having deep-seated istate
belligerent
warlike
benevolent
charitable and kindly
cursory
hasty
duplicity
treachery, deceifulness
extol
to priase extravagantly
feasible
possible
grimace
wry face; facial distortion
holocaust
large-scale destruction, especially by fire; burnt offering
impervious
not affected or hurt by
impetus
moving force, stimulus or impulse
jeopardy
danger
meticulous
extremely careful; attention to details
nostalgia
longing for something in the past
quintessense
purest essence or form of something
retrogress
to move backwards; to return to earlier condition
scrutinize
to examine closely
tepid
lukewarm; unenthusiastic; marked by absense of interest
adversary
opponent; enemy
alienate
to tun away
artifice
skillful or ingenious device; clever trick; trickery
coerce
to compel; force
craven
cowardly; a coward
culinary
of/related to cooking/kitchen
delete
to erase
demise
a death
exhilarate
to enliven, cheer, give spirit or liveliness to
fallow
plowed by unseeded; inactive
harass
to diturb, worry
inclement
stormy, harsh
muse
to think about in dreamy way, ponder
negligible
so unimportan that it can be disregarded
perpetuate
to make permanent or long lasting
precedent
an example that may serve as basis for imitation or later action
punitive
inflicting or aiming at punishment
redress
to set right, remedy; relief from wrong or injury
sojourn
a temporary stay; to stay for a time
urbane
refined in manner or style, suave
geminism
priniple that women should have plitical, economic, and social rights equal to those of men
chicano
people in the US whose ancestry can be traced to Mexico
bildungsroman
genre that details the maturation, psychological devlopment and moral education of the principal character; German for 'growth and devlopment'
vignette
a short literary sket or description
postmodernism
critical theory that questions objective truth, intrinsic meaning, and assertiosn of privilege and power
barrio
spanish word meaning district; currently a spansih-speaking neighborhood
imergy
colelctive set of images
canteen
small cafeterial or snack bar
pun
play of words that sound the same with different meanings
oxymoron
pairing of contradictory words
paradox
seeming contradiction that proves to be true
alliteration
repetition of initial consonant sound
smilie
a figure of speech that makes a direct comparison between two subjects using either like, as, or than
metaphor
a figure of speech in which one thing is spoken of as though it were something else. the identification suggests a comparison between two things that are identified as in "death is a long sleep"
personification
figure of speech where a nonhuman object is given human characteristics. effective personification of things or ideas make them seem vital and alive, as if human
sonnet
composed of three quatrains and a concluding couplet, rhyming abab cdcd efef gg
quatrain
four line stanza; four line division of sonnet marked off by rhyme scheme
couplet
two successive lines, usually in same meter, linked by rhyme
scansion
analysis of verse into matrical patterns
iamb
metrical unit with unstressed and stressed syllables
imabic pentameeter
type of meter in poetry, consisting of five feet in which the imab is drominant foot
rhyme
verse marked by consonance of the terminal sounds
stress
relative loudness or force of vocal utterance;
soliloquy
speech where character addresses audience directly revealing his/her thoughts; character alone on stage
foil
used to set contrast of characters
antithesis
figure of speech characterized by stongly contrasting words, cluases, sentences, or ideas; similar grammatical structure
allusion
brief reference in text to person, place, or thing - fictitious or actual.

usually myths and mythology