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The phrase “gilding the lily” is a late 19th century express

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The phrase “gilding the lily” is a late 19th century expression that sneered at the ostentatious gestures of some of the newly rich, such as applying gold gilt to the carved lilies on the entrances of their Beaux Arts homes; for decades, it then served as a shorthand for any _________ and showy behavior.
A. gauche
B. eccentric
C. idiosyncratic
D. idiotic
E. irredentist
F. uncouth

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Gauche, uncouth

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Re: The phrase “gilding the lily” is a late 19th century express [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2017, 10:36
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The two words must match the word ostentatious. Both gauche and uncouth get aross the idea of showing off in a low-class way (as is often associated with the “newly rich”).

Remember not to insert your own opinions — eccentric and idiosyncratic are near-synonyms, but are a trap.

Hence options gauche, uncouth are best fit!
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Re: The phrase “gilding the lily” is a late 19th century express [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2018, 21:00
Uncouth means uncivilized
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Re: The phrase “gilding the lily” is a late 19th century express [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2018, 02:31
How about eccentric? ... a person of unconventional and slightly strange views or behavior.
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Re: The phrase “gilding the lily” is a late 19th century express [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2018, 16:31
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How about eccentric? ... a person of unconventional and slightly strange views or behavior.


The words we are looking for need to have a negative connotation. A person can be eccentric without coming across as uncouth. Eccentric has a neutral connotation and this sentence requires a very harsh word to criticize the habits of the "nouveau riche".
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Re: The phrase “gilding the lily” is a late 19th century express [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2018, 02:34
Looks like the answer choices do not have a precise answer. So we have to select the nearest possible option. And both the options should be synonymous with ostentatious.

But gauche vs eccentric sounds like tough call.
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Re: The phrase “gilding the lily” is a late 19th century express [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2018, 00:50
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