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When staying in a hotel, Bernard would arrange for his valet to bring him his newspaper in the dining room so that everyone would realize that he had a manservant; this (i) ____ embarrassed his nephew who, though equally rich, preferred a more (ii)_____ life-style.

Blank (i)
A. ostentation 
B. arrogance 
C. dissimulation    

Blank (ii)
D. opulent 
E. libertine 
F. understated

I filled in the blanks with A. and D., but the answer given is A. and E. Why would libertine be an answer? Libertine means an dishonest person, so how would it fit in this instance?

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    I think you've either misread the answer or they've got a typo. I believe (F- understated should be the answer. Opulent means ostentatiously extravagant or rich, so D can't be right, and libertine means having no sexual propriety so that can't be right either. The opposite of ostentatious is understated. – Jim Jun 23 '13 at 6:05
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    @Jim That's the answer, I think :) – WendiKidd Jun 23 '13 at 16:05
  • @Jim Post it: it's the answer. – StoneyB Jun 24 '13 at 13:13
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I think you've either misread the answer or they've got a typo. I believe (F- understated should be the answer. Opulent means ostentatiously extravagant or rich, so D can't be right, and libertine means having no sexual propriety so that can't be right either. The opposite of ostentatious is understated

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