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Catcher in The Rye Vocab

Vocab in catcher in the rye
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Arisocratic
Of an upper class; distinguished
(He kept telling her she had ________ hands.)
Atheist
a person who believes there is no god
(...I'm sort of an _______. I like Jesus and all, but I don't care too much for most of the other stuff in the Bible.)
Blase'
having done something so much as to be bored by it. (He was with some gorgeous blonde, and the two of them were trying to be very ______ and all, like as if he didn't even know people were looking at him)
Bourgeois
smug, conventional, materialistic
(He was always saying snotty things about them, my suitcases for instances. He kept saying they were too new and ________.)
Capacity
Ability to contain, absorb, receive and hold
(One thing I have, it's a terrific _______. I can drink all night and not even show it, if I'm in the mood.)
Conscintious
Attentive to duty; diligent
(It's not a paradise or anything, but it's as good as most schools. Some of the faculty are pretty _____.)
Digresses
strays temporarily from the main topic
(And if the boy _____ at all, your)
Exhibitionist
One who likes to show off and get attention
(All I need's an audiance. I'm an ________.)
Incognito
in disguise
(...I don't want to stay at any hotels on the East Side where I might run into some acquantances of mine. I'm traveling _________.)
Inferiority
strong feelings of inadequacy
(Jane said he wasn't a show-off. She said he had an _________ complex.)
Intimately
Privately, personally, very closely
(...the whole summer long we plated tennis together almost every morning and golf almost every afternoon. I really got to know her quite______.)
Frock
Coat; cloak
(Do you mind getting me my frock)
Groping
Reaching blindly
(I started _______ around in front of me, like a blind guy, but without getting up or anything.)
Halitosis
Bad smelling breath
(I have this one stupid aunt with _______ that kept saying how peaceful he looked lying there.)
Lavish
generous or liberal in giving or spending
(My Grandmother'd just sent me a wad about a week before. I have this grandmother that's quite ____ with her dough.)
Louse
a person regarded as mean or contemptible
(The bartender were to _____, too.)
Nonchalant
Showing a lack of concern; casual indifference
(He got stinking, but I hardly didn't even show it. I just got very cool and _________.)
Ostracized
Shunned; excluded; left out
(The Whole team ______ me the whole way back on the train)
Pacifist
One who opposes the use of force under any circumstances. (I'm not too tough. I'm a ________ if you want to know the truth.)
Pedagogical
characteristic of teaching or teachers (Holden...One short, faintly stuffy, _______ question. Don't you think there's a time and place for everything.)
Putrid
rotten
(The band was ________. Buddy singer. Very brassy, but not good brassy--corny brassy.)
Reciprocal
interchangeable; complimentary
(You'll learn from them--if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's beautiful _________ arrangement.)
Sadistic
getting pleasure from inflicting pain on others
(I was pretty _______ with him quite often.)
Sophisticated
Worldly wise; refined
(All of them swimming around in a goddam pot of tea and saying ______ stuff to each other and being charming and phony.)
Stenographer
one who takes shorthand
(Or may end up in some business office, throwing paper clips at the nearest______.)
unanimous
showing or based on total agreement (Well, a bunch of us wanted old Ernie to be president of the class. I mean he was the _______ choice.)