Fathers and Sons Vocabulary List

Volubly – A continuous flow of words; constantly talking
Nonchalance – Cooly indifferent and casual
Bilious – Extremely unpleasant; reminiscent of bile
Pompous – Overtly self-important and dignified
Boudoir – A woman’s bedroom or private sitting room
Magnanimous – Extremely forgiving; high-minded and noble
Churlish – Rude, mean, and disrespectful
Albeit – Although
Acrimony – A sharp or bitter tone of voice
Vehemence – The state of being very emotional and impassioned
Calumny – A false and mean statement said to ruin someone else’s reputation
Punctilious – Very exact with rituals and conduct
Repudiate – To passionately reject
Languidly – Slow and spiritedless
Pensive – Wistfully and sand sadly dreamy
Placid – Supremely peaceful
Surreptitious – Acting secretly
Affably – Being pleasantly easy to talk to; friendly and kind
Diffidence – Timid and reserved with little self-confidence
Platitude – A flat and dull remark said like it was an important phrase
Acme – The peak
Volubly – A continuous flow of words; constantly talking
Ennui – A feeling of extreme discontent caused by horrible boredom
Diffident – Shy and introspective as a result lacking self-esteem.
Caustic – A corrosive chemical as dangerous as it is useful.
Despotism – Tyrannical; authoritarian.
Obsequious – Excessively servile; pleasing to others to the degree that all self-esteem is lost.
Paltry – An insignificant amount; something lackin major significance.
Sonata – Classical music composition for a small ensemble.
Placidly – Demonstrating a peaceful, easygoing response.
Melancholy – Sad and depressed; morose and downbeat.
Contempt – Scornful disgust and disrespect.
Vehemently – Done with an aggressive sense of purpose and usually in anger.
Condescending – A manner of treating others in a superior fashion that seeks to belittle them by fostering an attitude of phony helpfulness.

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