12 terms

English Vocabulary Lesson #3

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Gilded
(adj.)
1. covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint
2. wealthy and privileged
3. given a specious or false brilliance to
syn. gold-plated, embellished, exaggerated, disguised, dressed up
ant.: stripped, bare
The dress was -----, the sleeves were dangling with golden leafs.
Specious
(adj.)
1. superficially plausible, but actually wrong
2. misleading in appearance; especially misleadingly attractive
syn. misleading, deceptive, spurious
ant. unambiguous, genuine
The robber gave the police a ----- excuse as to why he was in the building.
spurious
(adj.)
not being what it purports to be; false or fake
syn. fake, false, counterfeit, fraudulent, misleading, specious
ant. genuine
My parents made a ----- promise to take me shopping, but they only said that so I would do my chores.
progressive
1. (Adj.)only happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step
2. (noun + adj.) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas; favoring or promoting change or innovation
syn. continuing, continuous, increasing, growing, developing, ongoing, accelerating
ant. conservative, reactionary
Amazon has been a ----- business, first only selling a few items to selling almost everything.
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
syn. integration
ant. rejection, alienation
A new student has to ----- to the new school.
importunate
(adj.)
persistent, sometimes to the point of annoyance
syn. tenacious, unrelenting
ant. weak, irresolute
The ----- girl would not stop touching me, so I had to leave because I was becoming annoyed.
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
Because Lily favors the concept of -----, she only works with local citizens.
pageantry
(n.)
elaborate display or ceremony
syn. spectacle, splendor, pomp
ant. simplicity, austerity
Megan and Harry love the ----- and tradition of the Royal Family.
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
syn. sponsorship, backing, funding,
Many people went to Elizabeth's NHD exhibit to show ----- for her hard work.
populism
(n.)
1. political party seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people
2. belief in and concern for the views of ordinary people
----- is a belief followed by ordinary people.
syn. doctrine
prodigious
(adj.)
remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree
syn. immense, tremendous, exceptional
ant. small, unexceptional
The ----- painting took up the whole wall in the museum.
supercilious
(adj.)
behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others
syn. arrogant, haughty, pompous, conceited
ant. humble, modest, unpretentious
The ----- queen demands special treatment for being pretty.

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