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20 terms

GFS Senior English Vocab Orwell's Collected Essays

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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