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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
PLAY - THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - VOCABULARY
Vocabulary Study Sheet
The Importance of Being Earnest
(cover the right side of the sheet to quiz yourself)
to Susan without mentioning her name.
an indirect reference
I gave them my
honest and direct
she carried a
large in capacity
abstaining from (i.e., never having) sexual intercourse
an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
-- as in: feels contempt towards him
lack of respect -- often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
The trick would fool none but the most
gullible (being too willing to believe)
-- as in: domestic happiness
They share the
relating to a home or family
The home was built and then abandoned by an
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
on your comment that...?
to have or pay attention to details and complexity; or to add details
to exaggerate an action
-- as in: moment of utmost gravity
She suddenly realized the
of her situation.
serious -- typically a manner or feeling that is serious and solemn
a hard-line form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
-- as in: an impetuous decision
display of spending and
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) -- often with an unfortunate consequence
About a third are in favor of
, a third are opposed, and a third are
without interest -- in various senses such as:
not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
safeguards contributed to the oil spill.
lacking in strictness or strength
He was speaking
when he referred to being mugged by reality.
a figure of speech in which a word is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity -- as when Shakespeare wrote, "All the world`s a stage."
Although wealthy, the family is not
intended to attract notice and impress others -- especially with
in a vulgar way
Her primary interests are family and
helping others -- especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
The country maintains a
of a free press.
an appearance or action to help one pretend
law that was supposed to end excessive influence of special interests in government
impractical due to excessive romanticism or idealism
-- as in: reconciled their differences
her checking account statement.
to bring into agreement
his opponent`s arguments
to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
him for being thoughtless and lazy.
a criticism; or to express criticism
-- as in: accepted it with resignation
Come what may, she seems
to her fate.
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
-- as in: don`t know, but I`ll speculate
on the question of God for thousands of years
to guess without certainty; or to reflect (think) deeply upon a subject
Her mother eyed my clothes with a
showing arrogant disdain of those one views as unworthy
endured another of her
boring -- especially due to the amount of something that must be endured
-- as in: utilitarian furniture
She likes plain
designed for usefulness rather than beauty or style
She was determined and did not
in the least.
to change one`s mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
to sway back and forth
was a turnoff.
of bad taste -- often crude or offensive
of unsophisticated (or common) -- especially of taste
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