Vocabulary List #3

gilded - adj.
1. covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint
2. wealthy and privileged
3. given a specious or false brilliance to

synonym: gold-plated, embellished, exaggerated, disguised, dressed up
antonym: stripped, bare
specious - adj.
1. superficially plausible, but actually wrong
2. misleading in appearance; especially misleadingly attractive

synonym: misleading, deceptive, spurious
antonym: unambiguous, genuine
spurious - adj
not being what it purports to be; false or fake

synonym: fake, false, counterfeit, fraudulent, misleading, specious
antonym: genuine
progressive - n. and adj.
1. adj. only -- happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step
2. n. and adj. -- favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas; favoring or promoting change or innovation
assimilation - n.
1. take in information, ideas, or culture and understand fully, make them one's own
2. absorb and integrate people, ideas, or culture into a wider society or culture

synonym: integration
antonym: rejection, alienation
importunate - adj.
persistent, sometimes to the point of annoyance

synonym: tenacious, unrelenting
antonym: weak, irresolute
nativism - n.
1. policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants
2. a return to or emphasis on traditional or local customs, in opposition to outside influences
pageantry - n.
elaborate display or ceremony

synonym: spectacle, splendor, pomp
antonym: simplicity, austerity
patronage - n.
1. support given by a patron (a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, or activity)
2. power to control appointments to office or the right to privileges
populism - n.
1. political party seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people
2. belief in and concern for the views of ordinary people
prodigious - adj.
remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree
synonym: immense, tremendous, exceptional
antonym: small, unexceptional
supercilious - adj.
behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.

synonym: arrogant, haughty, pompous, conceited
antonym: humble, modest, unpretentious

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