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Week 4

1

embellish

to make beautiful by ornamenting; to decorate

We embellished the account of our vacation by including descriptions of many colorful people and places we visited.

2

florid

describing flowery or elaborate speech

The candidate’s speech was so florid that although no one could understand what he was talking about, they all agreed that he sounded good saying it.

3

opulent

exhibiting a display of great wealth

Dances at the king’s palace are always very opulent affairs because no expense is spared.

4

ornate

elaborately decorated

The carved wood was so ornate that you could examine it several times and still notice things you had not seen before.

5

ostentatious

describing a showy or pretentious display

Whenever the millionaire gave a party, the elaborate decorations and enormous amounts of food were always part of his ostentatious display of wealth.

6

poignant

profoundly moving; touching

The most poignant part of the movie was when the father finally made peace with his son.

7

ebullience

intense enthusiasm

A sense of ebullience swept over the crowd when the matador defeated the bull.

8

effusive

emotionally unrestrained; gushy

Gwyneth Paltrow was effusive in her thanks after winning the Oscar; she even burst into tears.