AP-Dante's Inferno Part II Vocabulary

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30 terms · Cantos 13-23, John Ciardi translation

verdant

green with lush vegetation

gnarled

knobbly, rough, and twisted, esp. with age

odious

repulsive

gout

drop or spot

harlot/strumpet

a prostitute; a promiscuous woman

vindicate

clear someone of blame or suspicion

prostrate

lying face downward

supine

lying face upward

vehemence

strong feeling or force

insolence

disrespectful arrogance

penitence

sorrow for having done wrong

deluge

a great flood

malignant

malicious

adage

a proverb or old saying

paternal

of or related to a father

dissolute

lax in morals; licentious

tainted

contaminated or polluted

guile

sly or cunning intelligence

benign

gentle, kind

undaunted

not discouraged by difficulty

precipice

a steep and tall rock face or cliff

sordid

involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt

simony

selling of church offices

fornication

sex outside of marriage

sated

filled or satisfied

impious

lacking in respect or reverence for a god or gods

graft

bribery used to gain advantages in politics or business

propitious

indicating a good chance of success

Providence

the protective care of God

ignominiously

deserving or causing public shame or disgrace

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