English Vocab Test 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
Specious
adj.
1. superficially plausible, but actually wrong
2. misleading in appearance; especially misleadingly attractive

Specious is synonymous with spurious.
Spurious
adj.
not being what it purports to be be; false or fake

Spurious is synonymous with specious..
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
Importunate
adj.
persistent, sometimes to the point of annoyance
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
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
Supercilious
adj.
behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others