The Bell Jar Vocabulary

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sultry

  1. hot and humid 2) expressing or arousing sensual desire — especially in reference to a woman's appearance or voice

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oblong

an elongated shape — typically of a stretched circle that is longer than an oval

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decadent

marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay

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verdant

green

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antithesis

exact opposite

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nondescript

without distinct or individual characteristics — perhaps dull and uninteresting

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porous

allowing passage through a barrier

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rapt

deeply interested and focused (on something) — often while admiring; deeply moved or filled with intense pleasure

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tepid

less heat (or enthusiasm) than might be expected

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nonplussed

so surprised and confused that one is unsure how to react; unbothered

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insinuate

implying (subtly suggesting) something unpleasant

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lithe

graceful and flexible

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neurotic

mildly mentally disturbed — usually worrying too much about something

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disconsolate

sad beyond comforting

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belated

after the expected or usual time

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askew

not straight; or not right

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dispassionate

unaffected by strong emotion or bias

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extricate

remove

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conglomerate

different things mixed together that maintain their difference in the mixture; or the resulting mixture

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infinitesimal

very tiny; or immeasurably small

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inordinate

beyond normal limits

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paraphernalia

items that accompany a given activity or object

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infatuation

an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something

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secrete

produce and discharge small amounts of a substance — especially from biological glands

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inertia

a disposition to continue in the same manner — such as sit still and do nothing or continue moving in a particular direction

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awry

in improper position; or in an unintended way

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conceited

excessively proud of oneself

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beguile

deceived through charm or enchantment

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sallow

an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion; or to cause such a complexion

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reminiscent

tending to remind one of something; resembling something else

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disheartened

discouraged

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gaudy

tastelessly showy

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peremptory

not allowing contradiction or refusal

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strenuous

difficult (requiring much effort)

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superfluous

more than is needed, desired, or required

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free lunch

from the idiom "There's no such thing as a...," meaning that every benefit, even if apparently free, has a cost

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infallible

the quality of never being wrong or making a mistake

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stagnant

not circulating or flowing; not changing

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baleful

threatening

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lobotomy

surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain; often results in marked cognitive and personality changes

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blithely

in a carefree and happy manner — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern

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pallid

abnormally pale (lacking healthy skin color); or anything that lacks energy or liveliness

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renounce

formally rejecting, giving up, or turning away from

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maxim

a short saying that expresses a general truth or principle

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pious

religious

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innocuous

not offensive, dangerous, or harmful

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platonic

loving, but not in a romantic way (such as a friendship)

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veto

to block (prevent) an action

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interim

(usually "in the..." = in the meantime) temporary and prior to something else; or the time during the temporary period

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myopic

unable to see distant objects clearly; (figuratively): not thinking or understanding beyond immediate effect to future or broader effect

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weak-kneed

(informal) lacking courage and unable to make your own decisions

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flamboyant

behaving in a confident or exciting way that makes people notice you; brightly colored and easily noticed colorful

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