|Insolent (IN-sō-lent): adj -- disrespectful and rude, insulting |
|His insolent words angered the police officer, and he was taken to the station.|
The army recruit had to do a hundred push-ups for insolent behavior.
|Benign (bee-NINE): adj - good and kind, not harmful|
|My next door neighbor has a very benign attitude, and she always has plenty of friends.|
There was a tumor near his throat. They removed it, and luckily, it was benign, not cancerous.
|Stratified(STRA-ti-fīd): adj - separated into layers|
|The stratified colors in her painting combined tones of rock and water.|
We thought the stratified rock in the cave was beautiful, but we did not know the geological history.
|Tawdry (TAH-dree): adj - cheap in appearance|
|The play takes place in a smoky jazz club from the 20's. Her character wears shiny, but tawdry clothes.|
That shirt would look o.k. at a dance club, but it would look tawdry if you wore it at a cafe.
|Gratuitous (gruh-TOO-i-tus): adj - given freely, given without being necessary|
|Your screenplay is interesting, but the violence seems gratuitous. There is a lot of it, and I do not see see why.|
My aunt was gratuitous with her hugs and kisses. No child escaped her lengthy good-byes.