The Human Comedy Vocab Ch. 1-39

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rapture

an utterance or expression of ecstatic delight

gondola

an open railroad freight car w/ low sides

somnolence

a very sleepy state

residential

where people live

vineyard

a plantation of grapevines for wine making

telegraph

an apparatus for transmitting messages to another receiving apparatus

outfit

group, unit

solicitude

an attitude of excessive attentiveness or pity

implication

suggestion (unspoken)

accumulate

to gather, pile up, amass

vigor

energy, vitality

persevere

to persist in spite of difficulty

dynamic

forceful, energetic

contraption

a gadget, device

apt

likely (to be)

regulation

law of rule

hubris

pride (negative connotation)

presumptuous

bold, impertinent

patronizingly

condescendingly

marvel

to be filled w/ wonder admiration, or astonishment

vicissitudes

ups and downs

malicious

spiteful, cruel

deliberate

slowly w/ meaning

fanfare

braggart

subjugate

conquer

extemporaneous

without previous preparation

trivial

of very little importance or value

unruly

unmanageable, disobedient

righteous

morally right of justifiable

toady

to flatter, to try to get someone's favor

exertion

effort

bewildered

puzzled or confused

proprietor

owner (of a store)

pliancy

"business" (ability to bend)

render

to cause to be

contempt

scorn, the feeling w/ which a person regards anything considered worthless

liable

accountable, likely

isolation

the complete separaton from others

premeditate

to plan a head of time

improvise

to compose and perform a deliver without previous preparation

comrade

a friend

barracks

place where soldiers live

solemnity

seriousness

emphatic

with emphasis, with special stress or importance

explicate

to explain throughly, to ananlyze

dub

to name

paste

to punch or hit

aloft

up in the air

gingham

cotten fabric, ususally striped or checked

simpleton

person of low intelligence

duel

contest between two persons of parties

rite of passage

an important act or event that serves to mark a passage from one state of life to another

stentorian

very loud, powerful in sound

soliloquy

the act of talking while or as alone

accelerate

to speed up

parable

a story with a moral or lesson

scarcely

hardly, barely

idlers

people who pass time in a lazy or unproductive way

inhabitance

occupation, state of being somewhere

tidings

news

inference

the process of arriving at some conclusion that is probably based on what one knows

imperceptibly

very gradual, subtly, not much noticed or percieved

meek

humble

domesticated

tame

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