50 terms

Section 4 Vocab: Gossip Girl

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adulation
flattery or fawning praise
bolster
to support something physical; to support a claim or idea
capricious
impulsive or unpredictable; someone who frequently changes his or her mind
congenial
pleasant or friendly
contentious
argumentative or belligerent
destitute
poor, impecunious
disdain
utter scorn or contempt for someone or something
disputatious
argumentative; contentious; given to debate
dogmatic
overly authoritative
dour
gloomy or sullen; bitter
egregious
flagrant or especially bad
entrenched
deeply established or settled
equanimity
composure, especially in a stressful situation
exculpate
to clear someone from guilt
exonerate
to clear someone from guilt or blame
facetious
humorous; saying something in a kidding or jocular manner
fickle
inconsistent, constantly changing
founder
to fail
genteel
aristocratic; sophisticated or refined
grandiloquent
using sophisticated language or "big words" in a show, pompous fashion
grandiose
ludicrously grand; showy
impeccable
flawless or perfect
indifferent
ambivalent or apathetic
insidious
something negative or harmful that develops in a hidden, gradual manner
intermittent
occasional; every so often
lithe
flexible, graceful
malaise
a feeling of mental or physical despair; a mild depression
martyr
someone who sacrifices him or herself for a cause, often for religious or political reasons
misanthropic
hating others or despising people in general
miser
someone who has a Scrooge-like tendency to be cheap
mishap
an unfortunate accident
mitigate
to lessen the severity of something; to soften
monotonous
boring or predictable
munificent
generous and giving
nominal
by name or title only; insignificant
odious
contemptible or loathsome; worthy of hate
opportunistic
ambitious in a greedy, selfish way
patrician
an aristocrat; a person from high society or nobility
pensive
contemplative or introspective
philanthropy
generosity
plight
a difficult or precarious situation
polarize
to cause to split up; to break up into opposing factions
pretentious
self-important; showy; pompous
prodigious
in great quantity; abundant; amazing
propensity
a strong preference
propriety
proper behavior or decorum
proscribe
to prohibit
recalcitrant
stubborn, defiant
relegate
to banish or exile someone to an unpleasant place; to lower someone's position
sordid
vile, dirty, or filthy-- in a figurative manner