The Importance of Being Earnest Vocabulary

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FOR ALL 8TH GRADE ADVANCED LANGUAGE ARTS KIDS AT MOUNT PARAN!!!!

apolexy

stroke

conduce

contribute

cynical

distrustful of human nature and its motives

domesticity

shortened, farmiliar form

expurgations

removals of objectionable elements

forte

strong point

glibly

nonchalantly, with easy lack of concern

indecorous

unseemly, not proper

invariably

in an unchanging manner

lax

not strict, loose

surmised

guessed

tedious

boring, tiresomely dull

apprehensions

fears

arduous

difficult

chafe

become irritated

chronicle

record

debonnaire

suave (John Busby)

demeanor

outward manner

effeminate

unmanly

emigrating

leaving one's country to live elsewhere

equanimity

the quality of being even tempered under stress

interment

burial

lorgnette

eyeglasses with a handle

machinations

scheming, crafty actions

philanthropic

humanitarian, promoting self welfare

superciliously

in a haughtily scornful manner, disdainfully

apprised

informed

effrontery

disrespectful bolddness

irrevocable

unalterable

ostentatiously

showily

quails

cowers

tutelage

state of being under a guardian

Farce

a broad comedy, dependent on overblown speech, unbelievable situations, exaggerated characters, and sexual innuendoes.

Satire

using humore to expose something or to ridicule someone

Comedy of Manners

a popular form of satirical drama during the English Restoration

Epigram

a short statement or poem with a witty turn of thought or a wittily condensed expression

Irony

a perception of inconsistency, sometimes humorous, in which the significance and understanding of a statement is changed by its context

Pun

an expression that achieves emphasis

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