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19 terms

Great Expectations Vocab

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placid
[plas-id]
serenly free of interruption or disturbance (adj.)
ant: agitated syn: collected, composed, cool
der: placidity
penitent
[pen-i-tuh nt]
feeling or expressing humble or regretful pain or sorrow for sins and offenses (adj.)
ant: unrepentant syn: apologetic, compunctious, contrite
der: penitence
affinity
[uh-fin-i-tee]
relationship by marriage (noun)
ant: syn: affection, inclination, aptitude
der: affinitive
candid
[kan-did]
free from bias prejudice or malice (adj.)
ant:unforthcoming syn:frank, direct, freehearted
der: candice
loiter
[loi-ter]
to delay an activity with idle stops and pauses (verb)
ant: dash syn:crawl, creep, dolly
der: loiterer
luster
[luhs-ter]
a period of five years (noun)
ant: n/a syn: n/a
der: lust
contempt
[kuhn-tempt]
the act of despising; the state of mind of one who despises
ant: admiration syn: despite, disdain, misprision
der: contmptuous
disdain
[dis-deyn]
a feeling of contempt for someone or something regarded as unworthy (noun)
ant: admiration syn:contempt, despisement, scorn
der: disdainfully
vulgar
[vuhl-ger]
morally crude, undeveloped
ant: aristocrat syn: common, humble, inferior
der: vulg
spurn
[spurn]
to reject with disdain; scorn
ant: accept syn: refuse, reject, scorn
der: spurner
insolently
[in-suh-lunt
boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent
ant: modest syn: arrogant, impudent, pompously
der: insole
perpetual
[per-pech-oo-uhl]
continuing or enduring forever; everlasting
ant: temporary syn: enduring, permanent, eternal
der: perpetuable
ascend
[uh-send]
to move climb or go upward
ant: descend syn: soar, climb, rise
der:ascendence
despicable
[des-pi-kuh-buhl]
deserving to be despised
ant: admirable syn: vile, mean, detestible
der: despicability
ignominiously
[ig-nuh-min-ee-uhs]
marked by or ignominy
ant: noble, respectful syn: degrading, disgraceful, dishonorable
der: ignoble
obstinacy
[ob-stuh-nuh-see]
the quality or state of being obstinate, stubborness
ant: irresolution syn: tenacity, reluctance, determination
der: obstinate
adamantine
[ad-uh-man-teen]
utterly unyeilding or firm in attitude or opinion
ant: feeble syn: uncompromising, unbreakable, unrelenting
der: adamant
reticence
[reht-uh-suh nt]
disposed to be silent, or not to speak freely; reserved
ant: talkative syn: taciturn, quiet, uncommunicative
obtrusive
[uhb-troo-siv]
having or showing a disposition to obtrude, as by imposing
ant:modest syn: impertenant, noticeable, intrusive
der: obstrusion