GFS Senior English Vocab Orwell's Collected Essays

20 terms by malig

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Antipahty

an intense dislike

arrant

thoroughgoing, out-and-out; shameless, blatant

ascetic

practicing great self-denial

assiduous

marked by care and persistent effort

avaricious

immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth

capricious

determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason

debauchery

a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

egregious

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

euphemism

an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive

equivocal

open to two or more interpretations

incorporeal

without material form or substance

indefatigable

showing sustained enthusiastic action with unflagging vitality

ignominious

(used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

insularity

the state of being isolated or detached

loquacity

the quality of being wordy and talkative

platitude

a trite or obvious remark

phantasmagoric

characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions

querulous

habitually complaining

urbane

marked by wide-ranging knowledge and appreciation of many parts of the world arising from urban life and wide travel

wheedling

the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery

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